Wrong Side of 7am
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he band? Do you think it surprises people?
FRED: Totally annoys people, all the time...
SCOTT S: I got hit, it was really... bad.
FRED: There's been a lot of like, reviews in the press and online and stuff, and people have been like, "I bought the CD, and then went to see the band live, and it fuckin' sucked!" or "I saw that band live and it was amazing, and I bought the CD--what is this pansy-ass shit?" And it's this--we've had so many different lineups--I think this is like, our 8th or 9th tour and lineup. You know, looking back--one tour we did, some of the guys met at the first show, you know--hadn't really met before, I mean we practiced before. We just got in a van, went down to Florida... and kinda had a super-shitty band that no one possibly could have liked. I think that's really an important thing because I don't think a lot of bands are doing that right now.
What about the songwriting, the process?
FRED: I write all the songs and all the lyrics.
But what happens when other people come in and improvise? Do songs evolve during live sets?
FRED: No, it's just like, you know--the basic core of the song--that's my thing. But each player writes their own part, you know?
Does that ever become a dispute of authorship? Do people leave the band and sort of take their possessions? Does it become an issue?
FRED: Hasn't happened yet...
Everyone's been really cool about it so far?
SCOTT D: It's been a really great, collective experience.
Well, Fred, what primarily motivates your lyrical content?
FRED: I write all the lyrics for this band, and I uh, I can't answer that question. I'm sorry, I just can't...
Well, what then are your feelings about bands with politically-charged lyrics? Would you ever consider writing politically-charged lyrics?
FRED: Our lyrics are political in that they are um, there is a belief that the personal is the political, and I believe that very much so and I believe that like, uh, the reason that maybe you don't eat meat is the same reason that you may make some other decision, just like certain feelings may cause you to vote for one thing or protest another. The lyrics themselves are not expressly of politics, but if you believe that the personal is political as I, as we do--then our lyrics certainly have a political context.
Do you think it's possible to pair 50's style music with political, topical lyrics?
FRED That's the whole point. That's the entire point. The first record we did was way over the top , being completely overt trying to be like--anti-capitalism with this like, super happy dance music--and it was almost like people weren't even listening to the lyrics; that was the trick--use this pop music to kinda like, get it in there--secretly. But it's been a little bit more--more direct now.
Did you guys happen to see any of the Presidential debates?
BETTY: We've been really bummed out about missing them. I know it's hard to find a TV but every time there is one, we try and rush to find one.
SCOTT D: We saw part of one in a liquor store in Texas, and you know the owner was really into letting us watch it.
BETTY: It's really cool to see people just st
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