Yo, what’s up Tracks fans? It’s been a while since we’ve put out some great interviews that you know you’ll get from Moe Train’s Tracks. However, we just dug deep, deep into the recesses of the MTT archives, and unearthed some amazing interviews.
We’ve been in the studio all day, revisiting our raw interviews with the insane Oderus Urungus/Dave Brockie from GWAR, Bullet for my Valentine, Walls of Jericho, and All That Remains. By the way, the interview with GWAR is without a doubt the wildest, strangest, most fucked up interview that the Tracks have ever done since their inception in 2007.
Be on the lookout on moetrainstracks.com for all of these… the best, and most entertaining interviews you’ll see and hear anywhere.
PS – BY THE WAY, KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR MTT AT A FESTIVAL OR CONCERT NEAR YOU.
To be continued.
High on Fire Interview
Matt Pike, Jeff Matz, Des Kensel (High on Fire) with Monty Wiradilaga and Brian Kracyla
Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
MT: We are sitting here back stage at Bonnaroo with High on Fire. What’s going on guys?
M: Not a whole lot, just got done playing, just checking out the fest’. I am Matt Pike. I sing and play guitar in High On Fire.
J: Jeff Matz, I play bass.
D: I’m Des Kenzel, I play drums.
MT: That was one hell of a set guys. That was just brutal, back to back metal sets on the same stage. What were the promoters asking for, total destruction or what?!
M: It seemed like a big jam band thing before that and then Dillinger, then us, then Shadows Fall. That’s kinda brutal, someone booked it kinda cool, definitely surprising. The energy comes up a little bit.
D: Yeah, I thought it was cool that it was the “metal stage” for today. Going on after Dillinger, not an easy thing to do. We thought we played pretty good and then we were like ‘Yeah, good luck Shadows Fall.’ (laughs) But I’m sure they’re gonna hold their own.
M: They were playing good. It definitely lights a fire when you after go on after them. And all of us have been touring buddies for a while and shit. It’s kinda funny to have to go on after each other. All the metal bands nowadays are really super tight and really super good and you have to play after your buddy live or something. You’re like, ‘Whoa, step it up a bit!’
D: It definitely keeps us in check as musicians. We’re like, ‘Man, we gotta go play after that?! You fuckers.’
J: We’ve been doing our homework, that’s for sure.
MT: I interviewed Dillinger Escape Plan earlier and I said that it was basically, ‘Wake the fuck up Bonnaroo! It’s the last day. Here’s some metal ya.’
D: It’s your last chance!
MT: So what did you guys think about the crowd? Did you expect anything? Did you expect just hippies or what did you expect a mix of?
D: We weren’t really sure what to expect…
M: I was kinda of surprised at it! Cuz I expected a bunch of hackey-sackers looking at us all weird and shit. Like, “Hey, man, you must be the devil!”
D: But I think something like this, 4 days, even though it’s the last day and we were figuring that some of the people might be tired, everybody still wants to let loose.
J: That was a good enthusiastic response from the crowd.
MT: There were a couple of moments during your set that I had to laugh a little bit because, for one, the girl standing right in front of me hit you with her bra!
J: No, it was her underwear.
M: It was her underwear and…
D: It was a pair of panties and it had skid marks on it! We all saw it!
MT: It did not! It had skid marks?!
D: She probably been wearing whose panties for like 4 days in the tent man!
M: Don’t say it out loud but I saved them for my tour manager.
D: Oh yeah, we’re gonna have fun with those later on, stashing them in someone’s pants or their jacket pocket or something! (all laugh)
MT: I thought that stuff was just reserved for guys like Frank Sinatra.
D: Vince Neal or something… Nah, the panties Vince Neal got, they didn’t have skid marks.
J: Are fans are for real!
M: I only got one pair, that dude got hundreds.
D: The panties Vince Neal got thrown up on stage had front butt skid marks.
M: Damn bro, why you dissin on Vince?!
D: No, I’m not hating! You want front butt or back butt?
MT: (to Matt) Could you possibly the first metal pimp?
D: The first metal pimp! Man, come on, don’t pump his ego! As if we didn’t already have a road case for his ego.
MT: But I saw him. I saw you looking over there, working your magic. I saw you giving her the eye.
M: Well, you’ve got to give them the eye, especially if they throw you their soiled panties.
J: Give them the eye among other things…
M: It could even be the stink eye.
D: She gave you the brown eye!
MT: Give her the shocker after your set.
D: I actually got hit in the head with something during the set. I saw a few lemons get tossed up on stage and then some piece of plastic something hit me in the head.
M: Ha, lemons are awesome, dude.
D: Lemons mean you rock!!
M: Well maybe I’m not fucking Jerry Garcia. Oh well.
J: Bitter pills to swallow.
MT: There was something refreshing about your set. I haven’t seen too much metal with a smile. You had a smile on your face for the whole set. Maybe I’ve seen it with the lead singer of like Dragonforce..
M: I’ve done it for the last thirteen years because it’s totally ridiculous. It’s the funniest thing that I’ve ever done in my life. Just playing and doing metal and trying to take yourself too serious, you can’t help it after awhile and you have to laugh. If you have any sort of comedic value or if you knew anything about our band, we laugh a lot. We take ourselves very serious when we play but when you take yourself too serious with your fans and they know that you have personality, you can’t help but to smile or laugh. It’s for everyone. We have a rapport with our crowd and it’s like; yes, we’re goofballs and we play very seriously and very somber sometimes’ but it’s all about emotion and it’s all about a rollercoaster that we all go through. High On Fire is basically about life. Every lyric, everything we have is about us being alive and us having some rapport with our fans. If you can’t smile, you can’t cry, or you take yourself too serious, you have corpus paint on. And I’m with a bunch of goofy ass dudes that are all fucking hilarious. That’s all we do is laugh all day. Then we’re supposed to get all serious about playing?
MT: And you drink Pennsylvania beer, well done by the way. Congratulations on the Yuenglings.
M: It’s not bad shit.
MT: You guys have a new album coming out. Let’s talk about it.
D: Well, we’re still in the writing process. We’re hoping it’s gonna come out this year. Just typical High On Fire fashion we’ve had some setbacks…
M: It’s not that it’s not fuckin good. We have a lot of everything. We had a fallback, my drummer had a little bit of surgery. We…
D: “Your” drummer?!
M: Our guitars haven’t been in tune lately. So, we’ve been recording on a…
MT: Part-time basis?
M: We all kinda suck. Eventually we’ll get around to it. Too many bong hits, too many beers.
D: Hopefully our label wont here that last comment. Sorry guys, too many bong hits.
M: That was a fucking joke.
MT: For the past couple of years, metal has gone through a transformation from a point where it was just straight shred, see how fast you play, to a more technical style. I guess in your old band you played a little faster, faster riffs, now you have got more, I don’t want to say regimented, but more calculated riffs.
D: I feel personally that now “metal” nowadays is a big mix; whether it’s old school thrash or punk rock or hardcore. Long haired dudes and guys with cropped hair can get along.
M: It’s a weird meld because the progressive kind of met the style of punk rock a little bit, the nitty gritty and the total rush style, like Getty Lee and that kind of stuff. It’s kind of like we all crossed over, we’ve evolved. Every band that we’ve been on tour with has kinda been like that. Everybody plays perfectly or has some kind of study behind them and is really kind of better than our forefathers. But there’s still something you get from our forefathers because it’s a different thing when you’re sitting there in a studio recording and when you’re on an open stage and you know how that’s going to transfer to people sitting there watching you. Everybody’s trying to find this feel about it. It has to do with feel and it also has to do with being technical. It’s being zen about how you play. Lots of bands are picking up on the fact that there has to be a little rough about it and it has to be a little more choppy, the chops have to be a little better.
J: And the groove of course has to be there. Its very groove oriented too.
M: The forefathers have handed all of this down. It’s a lot of study of Prague records and classic rock records and AC/DC and Circle Jerks and Black Flag.
D: Yeah, I’m sure a lot of these metal bands nowadays had Shout At The Devil but they also had Black Flag Damaged or the Circle Jerks Golden Shower of Hits. Mix it all together.
MT: So you guys have a big punk background as well?
D: Oh yeah, totally.
MT: Like who?
D: Like I said Black Flag, Circle Jerks…
J: Poison Idea, the Germs…
D: Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags, Nuerosis…
M: Christ On Parade…
M: Bad Brains!
J: Oh yeah.
D: Bad Brains for sure.
MT: You putting horns in your music then?
D: Oh yeah, we’re gonna have a little reggae breakdown!
M: I don’t know if we’re that crazy about it but…
D: I don’t know if we’re the crack smoking Rasta type.
M: I haven’t smoked enough crack to add trombones and trumpets. I’m just kidding, dude.
MT: Last thing. Do you guys have anything to say to your fans? There were a lot out there representing today, tearing it up.
M: I’d like to say thank you. We’ll continue to keep doing what we’re doing and, fuck, we love you all very much.
D: Yeah, thanks for keeping us out here. Just be patient, the next record will come out and we’ll be back out touring soon.
J: It’ll be worth the wait.
M: We will not let you down. It’s in the works, man. We’re just taking time to do it right, that’s all.
The Tracks and Greg from Dillinger speak about camaraderie, DIY or Die and more at Bonnaroo.
DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN INTERVIEW WITH MOE TRAIN’S TRACKS
Greg Puciato, Monty Wiradilaga, Brian Kracyla
Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo 2009
You never know what’s going to happen during a Moe Train’s Tracks interview, as Greg Puciato, frontman of Dillinger Escape Plan, has his own interview with a dazed and confused girl, we speak about the camaraderie of the scene, how “DIY or Die” fuels his band, their new lineup, and next year’s upcoming album. Enjoy.
M: What’s going on man?
G: Nothing, just hanging out, just walking around checking some stuff out.
Random girl: (to Greg) Can you point me in the direction of the Rendezvous Tent?
G: Umm. (Laughter) What is your name?
RG: I’m Caroline.
G: Caroline, I’m Greg from the Dillinger Escape Plan, and we are doing an interview right now.
G: Um, and I have no idea where I am right now either.
C: I’m supposed to have a rendezvous at the Rendezvous Tent.
G: That what you do at the Rendezvous Tent, right, but you don’t know how to get there, which poses a problem. I don’t know either. (to random passerby) Do you know how to get to the Rendezvous Tent?
RP: I don’t know how to get there.
G: What good is trying to rendezvous with someone if you can’t get to the Rendezvous Tent?! (all laughing) Caroline, good luck trying to get there.
C: Thank you.
G: Wow! How many drugs did that girl take?
M: Welcome to Bonnaroo.
G: Seriously, that was amazing. She was higher than a kite.
M: (Laughter) I think that’s the general consensus with most people here right now.
G: Most people I look at here, if they don’t have sunglasses on, you can just look in their eye and be like, “You’re on some other thing right now in some other place.”
M: Exactly. Earlier today, when you guys came on, it was like, “Wake the fuck up Bonnaroo!”
G: Dude, I can’t believe how siked people were. I thought for sure, in general at this fest’ because it has a reputation for being more of a hippy peace-love type of thing, that as soon as we come out and start screaming at people and doing cool shit, people are going to turn around and just walk the other way, but people were siked, at one in the afternoon on the last day! It was honestly, we were talking about it after the show, the best big show that we’ve ever played in the United States.
G: Yeah. We felt like we played well. People seemed stoked on us.
M: Yeah, the reception was definitely great.
G: This type of vibe, it just doesn’t exist that often in the U.S., this type of festival vibe. It felt very European. In the United States, when you think of a festival, you think of Ozzfest or Warped Tour, and it’s like the same thing all day long. But this is cool because yesterday was Nine Inch Nails and today, if you wanted to, you can see the Dillinger Escape Plan and then Erika Badu.
M: She’s still on right now.
G: I really wanted to see her…
M: I’ll cut it short then.
G: It’s okay. It’s cool because it seems like, for a very long time here, people have been very into the mind-set of like, “I’m only listen to metal” or “I only listen to hip-hop”. Now, it’s cool to see so many people turn out for such an eclectic thing.
M: Exactly. It’s just always weird to see the different the different scenes clashing.
G: No, it’s cool, it’s very cool.
M: In watching your set it became evident how camaraderie really works its way into your music. You don’t see often where you can throw your mic into the crowd, let them sing, and when you call for it, they throw it right back to you.
G: I think something about our music, we’ve been around for ten years, I think there’s some aspect to it, besides the obvious insane energy and aggression of it, there’s a vibe of everyone knowing that it’s not the easiest thing in the world to listen to and it’s not the easiest thing in the world to get. For as many people who are siked on it there’s a lot of people that just probably hate it. I think that makes the people that are into to it have this really us-against-the-world type of vibe. We’ve always tried to be really hands-on with our fans and really communicative and never to-cool-for-school and always talk to them and do cool stuff with them. If they right to us online we try to write back to every person. I think, over the years, it’s created now a point where we have this really cool synchronous type vibe with our fans. It’s neat man, it’s really nice.
M: It’s also basically crossed the line from camaraderie to trust.
G: Yeah, that kid could have stole the mic and ran away with it, but he threw it back. That’s the other thing, I think when you have confidence and you give someone some responsibility and your cool to them, they feel obligated to be cool back. If that kid had tried to run away with the mic I probably would have jumped on him and killed him. But it feels good and it’s interesting, I have a lot of people say that our shows, even though they are so aggressive and so violent, it feels like the overall vibe is still positive in a way. So, yeah, that’s really cool.
M: Absolutely. Also, not just that, but you doing stage diving and your guitarist stage diving with his guitar! Now that’s trust.
G: Yeah. To me, we just try to take the vibe of playing in a basement to twenty people where we came from and try to get that to translate to bigger places and the only way to do that is to be as hands-on and as physically in people’s faces as possible and force them to wake up a little bit. It sad to see so many people have such a rock star complex that the only time that they engage their fans is if they do some kind of scheduled meet-and-greet or a signing or something. You know, hang out for a little bit and shake some people’s hands or jump into the crowd or do something. I do know man, you (the rock star) are no better than anyone else. This is going to be over for us one day and who knows what we’re going to be doing. So to try to act like you’re cooler than school is silly.
M: Hippies versus hardcore kids…
G: It’s two sides to the same coin because the whole hippy vibe and the punk rock thing, which is what hardcore came out of, are both very socially aware movements. The
re both very communal, we’re all in this together versus some type of exterior force type of vibe, and one just took a much more aggressive approach than the other. It’s kinda like one is Malcolm X and one is Martin Luther King Jr. They want the same thing but one is like, “I’m gonna smoke you out” and the other is like, “I’m gonna kick you in the fucking face!” But we want the same thing, so I think that’s why it translates. It’s not like we’re just knuckleheads trying to incite the crowd to beat each other up. I’d like to think it’s more intelligent than that.
M: What do you think about the term “DIY or die” and how’s that relate to your band?
G: Well, for us, that’s pretty much exactly how we try to do everything. We don’t have a manager, we self-manage ourselves. We are very hands-on, there’s no merch’, there’s no poster, there’s nothing about our band visually, sonically, how we are represented in press, anything, that we are not the seed of and have the final say in. As much as it drives us nuts and we spend every waking moment of our lives working on this, I know that there is absolutely nothing out representing us that we didn’t see from its inception to its finality. I think that it’s another thing that our fans appreciate. If they get a t-shirt from us, they aren’t getting it from some graphic designer that works for the record company that we were just like, “Yeah, whatever, that sounds cool, how big is the check we’re gonna get?” That thing has to look like something that I would wear, that means something to me, that’s looks cool. I think, especially in the climate now where the record industry is just collapsing completely, that the people that can do the most DIY are the only ones that are going to stay afloat.
M: That’s basically how the trend in music is going these days.
G: It has to be. It has to go back to that. If you’re forced to be in a position financially to cut back every bit of slack you possibly can and to try to do as much by yourself as you possibly can, it’s gonna weed everybody out. The only people that are going to stay alive are the people who really give a shit and the people who care enough to put in the time to do everything themselves. The days of being a kid, and thinking that your rock star fantasy is going to come true and someone else is going to wipe your ass for you and do everything for you and you’re just gonna get a check at the end of the day, are completely over.
M: Hit the road and promote yourself.
G: Yeah man, go out and do the shows. Don’t suck live. Don’t write shitty music. Put out cool shit and you’ll last.
M: So what’s your favorite lyric, the one that means the most to you?
G: You know what, it’s probably a lyric that’s going to be on our upcoming record because, for me, lyrics are snap-shots of where you were in your life, and you don’t want to be there forever. So when we sing songs from our past records it’s like looking at a picture of myself in an auditory way. I’ll be singing a song, and I’ll remember writing that song, I was twenty-three, I was in my basement, this is exactly what I was talking about. I might not relate to it now. Hopefully, you’re in a different place, especially when you’re yelling and screaming and pissed, you know. You shouldn’t still be pissed six years later at the same thing. The trick is to find a kernel of that memory and hone in on it, you can still mean what you saying and you’re not just spitting out consonants and vowels. That’s for someone else to decide. I know that’s a shitty answer, but I don’t have a favorite one of my lyrics. I know they’re all pretty piss-poor, to be honest with you. (laughter) If you want to listen to lyrics, you should probably listen to Dylan or something.
M: So when’s the new album coming out?
G: February or January of 2010, which sounds like a long time but it’s realistically like 6 months away. We do three more weeks of touring and then we go home and start recording in late July, early August. January, February at the latest, we’ll get it out, and we’re siked man.
M: What can we look forward to in the new album?
G: Well, we got a new drummer, and that’s the biggest difference. Our new drummer is just on fire! He’s twenty-four and honestly the best drummer I’ve ever played with. He wants to crush everyone. He’s got this fire in him that he needs to prove to the world he’s the shit. That’s kinda cool because he’s pushing us, and we’re really hard on ourselves so to be pushed by someone who is brand new is a really good feeling. I can honestly say, after being in this band for a decade, that the stuff we’re writing now is the most inspired stuff we’ve ever written. It’s hard to know whether you’re still going to be able to do stuff without becoming a caricature or parody of yourself. The fact that we can still have something to say, ten years into it, with essentially the same style music, to me is nice, the fact that people still give a shit. I think everyone will like it. Anyone that likes us should be pleased with the new record.
M: Awesome. We look forward to it. Thanks a lot for being with us.
G: Definitely dude.
A classic interview with Andrew and Ben From MGMT in 2008 just as they broke as major new players on the music scene.
MGMT Interview on Moe Train’s Tracks
Andrew Vanwyngarden, Ben Goldwasser (MGMT)
Monty Wiradilaga, Brian Kracyla (Moe Train’s Tracks)
Starlight Ballroom – Philadelphia, PA
Here’s a great interview that was rescued from The Tracks’ vaults… Back in early 2008, MTT caught up with Andrew and Ben from MGMT in Philadelphia, PA.
MGMT had just gotten a major break in the music scene with the widespread critical success of Oracular Spectacular. Keep an eye on MoeTrainsTracks.com for tons of great new content!
Moe: We saw you guys down at Bonnaroo for your set, it was a great way to open up the weekend. I was a pretty epic show if I must say.
Andrew: Yeah, it was fun. We had been to Bonnaroo before so it was good to see it from the side of the artist instead of the person in the crowd. It was only our second festival show.
M: Oh really, where was the first, Coachella?
M: So how do they compare?
A: I don’t know, Coachella was crazier for us because we were more nervous. Bonnaroo was a little more relaxed and cool.
M: You guys just started tour together with a band right?
Ben: We started practicing with them about a year ago. I think we were kinda thrust into exposure a little too quickly for our taste. We played on national television after we had only been touring with the band for a couple of months.
M: Was that on Letterman?
M: You looked a little nervous.
B: Yeah, we were very nervous! But we’re getting more comfortable and we don’t have to think as hard when we’re playing, its kinda getting to be more natural. We’re getting used to playing for crowds.
M: Did you guys have sound problems at Bonnaroo in the beginning, what was going on?
B: Yeah, well, the festival thing, we hardly ever really get a sound check so it’s always a little weird starting out.
A: I think the monitors were pretty messed up.
M: (to Andrew) Oh, by the way, you had on some pretty fucking crazy pants. I remember walking up to set and saying ‘holy shit’, those bright blue ones!
A: Tropical floral bellbottoms, yeah. Really big bellbottoms.
M: They looked comfortable though!
A: Yeah, they’re real comfortable.
M: Saw you guys backstage, you guys looked pretty chill, pretty relaxed, so I guess you feel like you’re falling into place with everything.
B: We’re good at hanging out. We’re good at relaxing.
M: Any standout moments yet from your recent successes?
B: We just played at the Oxygen festival in Ireland and that was really crazy. There were all these people climbing up the towers that were holding up the tent and we had to stop the show because this girl made it all the way to the roof of the tent so that you couldn’t even see her anymore and everyone was yelling at her telling her to come down.
M: Did she take a spill?
B: No, it would have been ugly if she had! That was probably at least 60 feet up in the air or something. It was pretty crazy.
M: I saw a video of you guys at some festival in Scotland that you guys were playing and you were walking around the grounds, checking out the scene; Andrew you like the thrill-rides?
A: As much as I’d like to keep the myth going that I like thrill-rides, I’m new to them. I’ve been on like Space Mountain and most of the Disney rides, and I like those a lot. I was like twenty when I started going on roller coasters, so I don’t think I’d go on the Slingshot thing. I would vomit.
M: You guys got together at Wesleyan, and you were actually making music that you thought would be annoying?
A: We knew it was annoying.
M: Just to fuck around, just playing, just to amuse yourselves?
A: I dunno… We were young and foolish.
M: You were freshman?
M: So it was basically putting that freshman energy, that drunken and banged up energy back into the music.
A: Yeah, exactly.
M: What’s up with the clothing optional dorm?
B: At some point it was designated a “clothing optional” dorm but there aren’t many people walking around naked there. There were a few, and we were friends with most of them.
A: I did naked calisthenics with Vin Popper on time. (all laugh)
M: Tell us about some of those early dorm session jams. We used to do the same thing. We’d go out to parties, get all fucked up and come back and just grab our instruments at like 2 o’clock in the morning and start jamming. So what was it like with you guys getting together?
B: It was a lot like that. It’s was just kinda very casual, just having fun. We had a lot of other friends that we played music with and we were both in other bands at the same time. It wasn’t like we started a band in order to get successful and get fans and all that, we just started it for something to do and didn’t really care if anyone liked it.
M: You guys just probably wrote the album for yourselves.
B: In a way, I mean, we know we were writing it for other people because we had signed a record deal at that point, so we had a delivery date, so there was a little bit of pressure on us but when we were writing the songs we didn’t think that anyone was actually gonna hear the album, so it was pretty much just writing it for ourselves.
M: So I guess its still a surprise with all of this going on?
B: Yeah, its still a surprise. And, I don’t know, it keeps getting crazier!
M: When you guys were first recording you guys had a pretty gritty sound right? I mean, if you were recording back in your dorms you’re going to have that unintentional gritty, natural sound. Did you guys try to replicate that sound?
B: In a way it was the other way around because we were doing a lot of stuff just on computers, so a lot of it was very electronic and very clean sounding. I think we’ve tried to get dirtier.
M: You had the producer who worked with the Flaming Lips. Did you guys pick him because he had that psychedelic background?
A: We kinda just chose him because we talked to him and we’re fans of the Flaming Lips and other stuff he’s done, like Sleater-Kinney and Mogwai. He’s not the kind of producer that wants to mold the band into something, he kinda just lets them do their own thing. So, he was good for us.
M: So did the album come out exactly how you wanted it to come out?
A: At the time I think it did, yeah.
M: Looking back now, what do you think?
A: I’m sure now if we listened to it a bunch, we’d probably change stuff. But we think it’s good that we can’t because it captures that moment.
M: I see you in a lot of pictures wearing sunglasses, you’re not becoming Bono are you?
A: I hope to God not!! If I am you should stab me…
M: What’s your beef with him?
A: Nah, I just don’t like him. I heard he’s a great guy, and he seems like he’s got good intentions. I think it’s really the sunglasses that piss me off the most. So, now I’m never going to wear sunglasses again.
M: Will you burn them in effigy?
A: We stabbed an effigy at our senior recital.
M: Ben, you said, “To give music meaning you have to have your back up against something”; What, you don’t remember?
A: (laughs) You sound like Thoreau or something.
M: Yeah, I guess you were being pretty introspective.
B: I guess maybe just having some resistance kind of helps. With us, when we got signed and we had to deal with all the kind of big-record-label bullshit for the first time, I think it kind of forced us to look at what we’re doing and try to give it as much meaning as possible and try to ask ourselves why we were doing it in the first place.
M: So what’s your validation?
A: I don’t think we’re validated.
M: No? What will be your validation then?
A: If aliens approve of our music. So, we’re waiting for contact.
M: Waiting for the return in 2012 when the earth ends? I know you guys are joking around about your future, about what will happen hen things will come, but we’re sitting inside of a big tour bus. Obviously this is probably five times bigger than your dorm room was. You said that when the fame comes around and you get the big label money that you would go get blow jobs, you would ride horses to your gigs, and go get castles. What’s going on with the success?
B: Yeah, we’ve both gotten blow jobs before, which is cool. We’re working on the horses and the castles.
M: What have you benefited from just by being in the business?
A: We get a lot of free clothes, a lot of free stuff. And we both got haircuts for the first time in a long time. We used to cut our own hair and now we can afford real haircuts.
M: If you guys think that everything musically has been done before, how does MGMT stray away from the norm’?
B: I don’t know if everything’s been done before…
A: All the good stuff has.
B: Yeah, all the good stuff’s been done before but pretty much…
A: You could string your guitar with celery or something, but that doesn’t mean it gonna be good music.
B: Any new good thing I think comes out of recycled ideas and using them in creative ways. Rock and roll is a pretty basic, simple form of music but there’s so many possibilities with it.
A: You don’t have to make up your own language to write a good poem.
M: Who is it that does that again…
A: Sigur Ros!
M: Oh yeah that’s right. Did you guys see them at Bonnaroo, what’d you think?
A: I heard for somebody that it’s much better to see them in a wide open cathedral-type space, like an indoor space, and I could see how that’d be true. It didn’t translate that well to the festival thing.
M: Yeah, it’s pretty grand I guess. So, what’s the future of MGMT, or have not realized the present yet?
A: We have trouble comprehending what’s happening at all times. But the future should hold good things. We’re trying to get a cabin somewhere in the woods. James is gonna cut firewood, I had a vision of him walking towards me with an arm full of firewood and I’m gonna smile and then our dog is gonna lick our faces.
M: (laughing) Alright guys, thanks a lot.
Bonanroo just announced more additions to the 2013 lineup. They are as follows:
Empire of the Sun
ALO with Special Guests
Bustle In Your Hedgerow
The Rubens (Paul and Corned Beef?)
Two additions to the Rock N’ Soul Dance Party Superjam:
Larry Graham – Bassist (Graham Central Station, Sly & the Family Stone)
Bilal – Vocalist Extraordinaire
Bonnaroo is also very excited to share a few of many talented up-and-coming artists that they’ve discovered. Make sure to stop by the Club stages during your Bonnaroo weekend, and check out these artists online for a treat.
Alice and the Glass Lake
Casey Crescenzo (of The Dear Hunter)
Daniel Romano & The Trilliums
He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister
Little Red Lung
Maps & Atlases
On an On
Peanut Butter Lovesicle
Ryan Montbleau Band
We can’t help but to think that they have another big name or two in the wings…
Bonnaroo’s Superjam series, long a forum that unites amazing artists for
once-in-a-lifetime performances, has raised the bar once again.
2013 promises to be the year that the Superjam evolves beyond the mostly human talent that the festival has sought out and celebrated in the past, with the objective of redefining its boundaries to showcase the amazing,
undiscovered talents of animals throughout the world as inspired by
Bonnaroo 2012 superstar
Carrie the Dancing Merengue dog of Chile.
The All-Animal Superjam will take place
late Saturday night on the Which Stage
directly following the headliner.
Bonnaroo and the international arts community may never be the same after this momentous concert that will shatter
previously established conceptions of what art and music can be.
AND DON’T FORGET….
There is more groundbreaking
exclusive Bonnaroo content
where this came from:
Episode 2 of Rap Lines, the new hip hop comedy advice show starring ItsTheReal with special guest Melanie Fiona debuts today on Bonnaroo365.
It’s Dr. Phil meets DMX for a new generation.
Bonnaroo Superjam series Episode 2 featuring D’Angelo’s first US performance in 12 years will premiere this Wednesday, and includes more backstage footage and an exclusive full performance of the
Ohio Players’ classic “Pride and Vanity.”
Episode 1 is available now, only on Bonnaroo365 on YouTube:
Future episodes will include amazing covers of
songs by Funkadelic and The Beatles!
Superfly and A.C Entertainment announce that the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has confirmed an exceptional comedy lineup to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the festival’s hugely popular Comedy Theatre. In keeping with tradition, Bonnaroo, which will take place on its 700-acre farm in Manchester, TN, from June 13 – 16, will host a vibrant and diverse collection of national headlining comics at its inimitable air-conditioned venue, where fans lineup to get a chance to commune with some of the most hilarious personalities working today. The comedy lineup video featuring David Cross is now available for posting HERE.
Like the music programming, festival organizers always strive to do things a little bit differently as they look for ways to present performances you won’t experience anywhere else. In light of that, for its 10th year, Bonnaroo will bring back some festival veterans as well as welcome plenty of up and coming new faces to the Bonnaroo Comedy Theatre Hosted by IFC. Appearing this year, among others, will be: Daniel Tosh, Bob Saget, David Cross, Maria Bamford, Mike Birbiglia, Ed Helms’ Whisky Sour Radio Hour, Comedy Bang!Bang! With Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts, Chris Gethard, Michael Che, Nikki Glaser, James Adomian and more.
The full list of comedians confirmed for the festival is below.
The 2013 event marks the 10th year since this legendary festival came up with the notion to add this all-important entertainment option to its already monolithic menu of events. From its inception, the Comedy Theatre has been one of Bonnaroo’s most popular attractions and has since made a palpable impact on the comedy industry as the festival is now considered to be one of the biggest comedy events in the country. Much like it does for the musical acts that appear at the festival, the intangibly unique nature of Bonnaroo and the distinctive artist-fan relationship there tends to inspire the comedians to perform at their highest level. This has resulted in the Comedy Theatre becoming a not-to-be-missed experience for attendees across the globe.
As the only round-the-clock major U.S. music festival, Bonnaroo packs an unparalleled amount of entertainment options into its four days. The event has offered its attendees the amenities and community spirit of a small city, with 24 hours of activities including a comedy theater, cinema festival, broo’ers festival, silent disco, salon, sustainable gardening lessons, arcade, Internet cafés, restaurants, yoga classes and hundreds of high quality food and craft vendors.
Not only is Bonnaroo, 24/7 during the festival, it’s also 365 days a year via its YouTube Channel, where exclusive Bonnaroo-approved original content can be seen on demand. Today, March 28, marks the premiere date for a new comedy web series called Universally Speaking, available HERE. In this series, Rob Cantrell receives life council from inanimate objects who communicate messages from the universe and advise him how to handle the challenges of everyday life in Brooklyn, NY. His issues range from lady problems, money issues to mourning a recently deceased pet. The show features guest comedians as various objects, including: Greer Barns, Anthony Atamanuik, Kurt Metzger, Marina Franklin, Robin Montague and Dan Soder. All episodes directed by Dan Powell (Ugly Americans, Inside Amy Schumer).
The 2013 comedy lineup is below:
Comedy Bang! Bang! with Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts
Ed Helms’ Whisky Sour Radio Hour
Improvised Shakespeare Company
Neil Fallon (Clutch) Interview on Moe Train’s Tracks
Neil Fallon, Brian Kracyla and Monty Wiradilaga
Moe – All right, we’re sitting backstage with Neil Fallon, “leadman” from Clutch. I just recently got turned on to your music. I was on your site and I saw one of your videos. From the first couple notes hit, I was like, ‘Holy shit, this is some hard rockin’ music,’ and I immediately e-mailed Chip (Manager) and was like… I gotta talk to ya.
Neil – Right on! Cool!
Moe – There’s not too many “front to back” albums that I’ve heard, but your album “From Beale Street To Oblivion” is definitely a “front to back” album. Thumbs up…
Neil – Oh thanks.. Thank you.
Moe – Absolutely… Let’s talk about the album. You definitely took a little different approach to this album. I see from your beginning that you keep on changing your style a bit..
Neil – Yeah.
Moe – What did you do different with this album?
Neil – Well, we didn’t go into it with any preconceived notions, we kinda just followed our instincts. And people hear this and say this is much more of a blues style record for lack of a better word. It’s not really a blues record. But, there’s some slide guitar and some harmonica from Eric Oblander.. and that’s from the creative standpoint… and Bryan Hinkley did some guitar work with us. But what we did is we wrote the album in it’s entirety pretty much, and we went out on the road and toured on it for three weeks, just playing the record.
Moe – Just testing everything out?
Neil – Yeah, and learning the material inside and out. So we went into the studio, we were basically able to just roll tape, and not worry about, “Do I do this part four times or six?” And that, I think lent.. I was easier to get a raw..
Moe – It seemed live.
Neil – Yeah.
Moe – I thought it seemed real live. Real gritty.
Neil – I think this is the definitely the “livest” studio record that we have.
Moe – Is it easier to do that?
Neil – Oh yeah. And creatively, it’s less stress. You don’t waste time. You’re in, you’re out, and then you can worry about the pretty parts on top.
Moe – Well, when you were playing the songs out on the road, did you actually take notice of the audience’s reaction to what you were playing and sort of gear that towards your album or did you just go ahead and choose your favorites?
Neil – No. No, because the thing is I think when people are listening to music for the first time, they’re listening. They don’t know it, so they’re not going to dance.. They might cheer after a song, but maybe that person’s in a bad mood and you don’t want to make a creative judgment on this guy who’s been at the bar drinking eighteen beers all night. (Laughs)
Moe – Very true. (Laughs) Well speaking of those guys, you’ve got some crazy “Gearheads.”
Neil – Mmhmm.
Moe – And they’re pretty rabid fans. Do you have any outlandish stories from your “Gearheads?”
Neil – Oh sure, I mean… It’s a mixture of flattery and fear. (Laughs)
Moe – (Laughs)
Neil – We’re very fortunate to have that kind of fan base where there’s people who are quite content to see four shows in a row.
Moe – You’ve got that following… Definitely.
Neil – And that’s a great spot to be in. Of course like any rock band, you’re gonna be in a nightclub, and there’s gonna be that weirdo that you know… But that weirdo probably does the same thing the next night to another rock band.
Moe – Yeah, that’s true… Talking about weirdos, are you a little weirded out about people obsessing about your beard? (Laughs)
Neil – (Laughs) Yes and no. I just learned about this website with my beard being placed on other people’s faces.
Moe – (Laughs)
Neil – Which, at first I was like, not too sure about it, then I saw the humor in it. It was funny.
Moe – Who’d they put it on? Like random celebrities or what?
Neil – You know, just bizarre photos. Like guys surfing, carnies, the promotional photo for that movie “300…”
Moe – (Laughs) Oh jeez…
Neil – I don’t know man. That dude’s got a lot of free time on his hands.
Moe – Yeah, I bet! You do have crazy fans… How about Clutch? Any crazy Clutch stories?
Neil – Yes and no. I have a pretty high tolerance to craziness ’cause I’ve seen it so much for so long.
Moe – I’m sure you have.
Neil – Like today for example… We were parked along the side of the road, and you know, some guy was walking by and hit his head on the rear view mirror of the bus and knocked himself out for a second.
Moe – Nahh, really?
Neil – Yeah!
Moe – (Laughs)
Neil – And that was like, ‘Ok, that just happened.’
Moe – That’s insane. (Laughs)
Neil – But it just seems like “all in a days” thing. I wish I had been writing them down all these years, but what are ya gonna do?
Moe – You’d have quite some stories! Well you’ve played for about sixteen… seventeen years?
Neil – Yeah, sixteen.
Moe – What, you’ve been averaging about one hundred… hundred and fifty shows a year?
Neil – Yeah. Some years more than others. We’ve done quite a few this year.
Moe – What are you up to? Two thousand?
Neil – I would guess. Maybe. Something like that.
Moe – That’s insane. You guys definitely need an award for hardest working band, I’ll tell you that much!
Neil – Yeah, or “most muleheaded!” (Laughs)
Moe – (Laughs) Well, it’s good to be out on the road. You certainly have got a lot of fans who are definitely looking forward to seeing your show. I’ve been in the crowd talking to people, and I’m asking them, “Who are you looking forward to seeing?” “CLUTCH!” Yeah, they’re yelling it in my face, and I’m like, “Whoa! Allright!”
Neil – Right on! (Laughs)
Moe – You’ve got a huge, huge fan base out there that’s looking forward to tonight’s set.
Neil – Right on. We’re looking forward to it.
Moe – Yeah man.
Neil – We haven’t done… We rarely do things like this.
Moe – What do you think about this scene? The Bonnaroo scene…
Neil – It’s great that you know, they kinda opened up the genres a little bit. Because, you know, we’ll do metal fests or something like Sounds of the Underground and people hear us and they say, “You should do Bonnaroo.” Then we’ll do something along the lines of Bonnaroo, and then they say, “You guys should do Ozzfest.” It’s kind of like a weird limbo for a band like us.
Moe – You guys don’t do Ozzfest?
Neil – No.
Moe – Not a fan? (Laughs)
Neil – I don’t know! At this point, these things are good to but our home is in a nightclub.
Moe – John Paul Jones is playing… You guys are a fan of Led Zeppelin?
Neil – Oh yeah! Oh yeah!
Moe – I know! So what do you think? You’re going to be gone aren’t ya? You’re not gonna be around!
Neil – Yeah, we’re blazin’ out tonight. Who’s playin’?
Moe – John Paul Jones, ?uestlove of the Roots and Philadelphia Experiment, and also Ben Harper.
Neil – Oh wow! Together?
Moe – Yeah!
Neil – Rad!
Moe – I was kinda hoping that you were gonna play!
Neil – (Laughs)
Moe – But, you’re not gonna be here so…
Neil – No, I wish we were, but we got another three shows…
Moe – Yeah.
Neil – And then we’re home for about five…six weeks.
Moe – So what are ya gonna do? Six weeks off?
Neil – I’m gonna do absolutely nothing!
Moe – I don’t blame ya!
Neil – I’m gonna hang out, play with the dog… You know, maybe try to get rid of these pizzas that I’ve been eating for the past five weeks. (Laughs)
Moe – (Laughs) B, do you have any questions?
King B – You’ve got a completely different fan base here. How do you feel about Crocs? Do you own a pair now that you…
Neil – You know, it’s funny you mentioned that! My dad bought a pair and he called my wife up and said they were too small for him, and would I like ‘em.
King B – Ugh… Please tell me that you don’t own a pair!
Neil – We had to gently say, “Well, I’m not really a Croc personality.”
King B – (Laughs)
Neil – I’m sure they’re great if you work in a kitchen, or a garden…
King B – This will probably be the most amount of Crocs attending one of your sets!
Neil – Yeah! Especially like orange and lime green!
King B – (Laughs) You’re from Maryland, right? The band’s from Maryland…
Neil – Yes.
King B – I was just curious… Me and Moe had the worst drive down here ever, and I just wanted to make sure that we weren’t…
Neil – Was it through 95 in Virginia?
King B – That’s exactly what my question was gonna be. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t crazy. Every time I go through Virginia, it’s like the worst experience of my life!
Neil – Yeah. That’s in Springfield, Virginia called “The Mixing Bowl.”
King B – I know “Virginia is for Lovers” and everything, and we all understand that… (Laughs)
Neil – Yeah, that’s one of the other great things about the band is that we might get traffic every once in a while but I don’t have to do a daily commute in something like that. I would go postal man… I really would.
King B – I just figured that you had previous experience just driving around there.
Neil – I do. I don’t do it… I just won’t do it!
King B – Actually, I was curious. I was reading an interview earlier today and you said that the favorite city that you had ever played in was Amsterdam.
Neil – It’s probably one of the top five.
King B – Just from talking around here, I’ve gathered that a lot of the really killer shows are overseas. Australia…
Neil – Well festivals… Oh, you mean for us?
King B – Right, You. For you and your personal opinion.
Neil – I mean, I guess maybe that’s because I’m also there in a tourist capacity. You know, and that’s exciting. I know, let me think of an example… Philadelphia, Pennsylvania really well.
Moe – That’s where we’re from!
Neil – Cool! Oh! Great town, but I’m gonna be more excited about going to Oslo, Norway for the first time… You say, “Wow!”
King B – Yeah, understood.
Neil – There might be half as many people at the show in Oslo but it’s got more of an initial thrill. If we went there three times a year, I might feel differently.
King B – What about any city that… a city that you played and as soon as you were done, you were like, “Fuck this place! I never wanna play this place again!
Moe – (Laughs)
Neil – (Laughs) There are a lot of them, but we’re probably gonna play ‘em sometime later this year, so I’m gonna keep my mouth shut! (Laughs)
King B – And Philly’s not one of them!
Moe – You never know!
Neil – Philly’s great. The Troc is one of our second homes away from home.
King B – Great… Great.
Moe – The Troc is definitely classic. Is that you’re favorite place to play or what? In Philly…
Neil – Yeah, well, that’s probably the only place we do play there. We played The Middle East once, and that was kind of “bogue,” but…
Moe – Yeah… The Troc has a good scene! They always have a…
Neil – I like it. You can get some decent food around the corner, and you know, blaze out!
Moe – Right! Definitely! Neil, thanks a lot for the interview. I really appreciate it.
Neil – My pleasure!
Moe – We’re gonna be right up front watching…
Neil – Cool!
Moe – Definitely… And you’ve got a TON of fans here!
King B – I’ll be throwing Crocs on stage!
Moe – (Laughs)
Neil – (Laughs)
Moe – Thanks again, Neil. Appreciate it.
Neil – No problem!
Bonnaroo fans will have the opportunity to be the first to announce the 2013 artists via social media by calling into the B.L.A.M. live phone bank! (Select fan participants will also announce artists live via Google+ Hangouts)
Noon – 1pm est – Classic Bonnaroo Concert Moments
1pm – 2pm – B.L.A.M.: Bonnaroo Live Lineup Announcement Megathon hosted by “Weird Al” Yankovic with a performance by Portugal. The Man
2pm – 3pm – Surprise Classic Bonnaroo Concert
Starting at 1pm EST, viewers can call in to the phone bank at:
Event URL – http://www.youtube.com/user/bonnaroo365?v=4YtVmcIf2sA
(syndicated on Bonnaroo.com)
You may still be buried under 5 feet of snow, but just think thoughts of frolicking in the hot, patchouli permeated Tennessee air, while shuckin’ and jivin’ to your favorite bands, with copious amounts of beverages in your hands. Where pray is this musical Mecca?
It’s Bonnaroo, damn it!
You’ve all been waiting for the announcement since leaving the farm last summer. Who will be headlining? Will it be The Rolling Stones? Daft Punk? Springsteen? A Led Zeppelin reunion? Team Excelsior?
Who in the hell knows, but what The Tracks know is that the lineup will be announced live by Weird Al Yankovic on February 19 at 1pm on ye ol YouTube. Read on…
BONNAROO LIVE ANNOUNCEMENT MEGATHON
“WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC
WHEN: February 19th at 1pm est
WHERE: LIVE on Bonnaroo365 on YouTube
and syndicated on
WHAT: A 60-minute event featuring live performances by
Bonnaroo favorite Portugal. The Man and more!
**SPECIAL NOTE: The viewing audience will be playing a major role
in announcing the lineup. Details to come!
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL…..
Beginning at 12noon est, the history of Bonnaroo will be celebrated by streaming classic selections of historic performances from artists such as:
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers,
Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, Black Star (Mos Def and Talib Kweli), Phish, Bon Iver, The White Stripes
Following the live announcement event, a surprise one-time only
classic Bonnaroo full performance will be streamed.
February 19, 2013
Noon – 1pm est – Classic Bonnaroo Concert Moments
1pm – 2pm – B.L.A.M.: Bonnaroo Live Lineup Announcement Megathon hosted by “Weird Al” Yankovic
2pm – 3pm – Surprise Classic Bonnaroo Concert