MATT- Okay I donít know if I can talk clear for your voice recorder put Iíll talk loud, Iím a mumbler, thatís what all the East-Coast people tell me. (Matt mumbles something)
ANGIE- Okay say youíre name and something explicit into the recorder so I can differentiate your voices.
M- Okay my name is Matt, explicit. Something explicit.
A- You guys crossed the border when, last night? Or today?
M- Today, it was a rather boring experience we sat there for four hours and they made us count all of our stuff, it was cool though the lady that we dealt with was really good to us. We didnít get butt surgery or anything like that.
A- So the new album is out July 15th (ĎThe Resignationí), heard you guys found the direction you wanted with this record?
M- Found our direction, I donít know, I donít know about that.
A- Well I heard you guys were all really happy about the way it turned out.
M- yeah weíre pretty stoked on it, but I donít know if itís necessarily a direction that we found itís just music we made up, you know what I mean, the times in our lives and the influences in our lives caused us to create this part of music, itís like a snapshot of where weíre all at musically and mentally
A- Is this the most comfortable record youíve made together as a band; you have a steady line-up now?
M- Itís just different, itís definitely comfortable though, we have a steady line-up itís been almost two years or no, not, almost a year and a half and thatís pretty much the longest weíve had it stay together except for when we first started the band.
A- So this is ĎThe Sell You Beautiful Tourí and ironically youíve found yourselves in the highly publicized for good reason Montreal strip club stretch, plan on attending?
M- No I am not too into that really, going to strip clubs is kind of like a bum out, itís nothing I like. A lot of people get stoked when they go to the red-light district in Amsterdam and stuff but that just bums me out too, itís just seeing that dead look in their eyes, itís pretty intense, a striking look to stare a prostitute in the eyes. Sometimes youíll see a girl and Iíll swear I knew her from High School, girls that look totally familiar, these people that would totally be your friend, itís just that place in their life that caused them to do that, itís just a bum out. †Stripclubs are sort of the same way for me, I feel like, itís just like a lower level but no weíll probably get tattooís and stuff like that and last time we were here we ate lots of sushi and it was good so...
A- You guys just got back from Europe didnít you? I heard the kids out there are really receptive to different styles of music?
M- Yeah I think European audiences are just, Iím not saying as a whole because I donít want to generalize the Europeans but especially like main land Europe, Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, it seems people are more receptive and more appreciative to music, theyíre less jaded. In America it seems like we all have the opportunity to see bands every night so a lot of times people get jaded to new music, in Europe it seems Iím sure they have kind of the same opportunity but they just seemed as though they werenít jaded. Places like Switzerland we had about four hundred kids show up for the shows and only one hundred of the four hundred actually knew who we were, the rest of them just came because there was a show and thatís what you do, you go see a band play, you know theyíre from America theyíll go and help them out, cause theyíre probably not huge, they just want to be there and be part of it, itís really cool.
A- Drive-Thru Records definitely a good launching pad for major sales, would you want that success or prefer staying partially underground?
M- I personally would like to stay at the level we are now, as long as we have this many people at shows every night weíre totally stoked.
A- Driving in a van.
M- Yeah, I just wouldnít want to go down from here, this is more than I ever expected so Iím cool with it.
A- And which one of you guys used to be in a Metallica cover band?
M- Whoa! How was that called dude! Pretty much Chris was in one and I was in one but weíre all down.
JOE- We are Metallica!
M- yeah his name is Jason, except he quit!
J- Yeah I quit to join the RX Bandits and I changed my name, Iím now fucking Jose Quevro.
M- So yeah my first band was a Metallica cover band and so was Chris, but Chrisís band played some Megadeth songs too but we didnít know each other then.
M- Yeah weird right! Chrisís brother is an extremely talented guitar player, his younger brother John. Yeah and they rocked together howís that man, Metallica was a great thing musically to grow-up listening to I must say, their first four albums. Now kids are growing up with like Good Charlotte and who else, bands like SR71 shit like that, itís easy to learn songs like that, it doesnít take much, not that itís a bad song it just doesnít take much actual musical whatís the word Iím looking for?, I donít know itís just not intricate enough to cause you to be influenced to learn how to play it. Metallica for me was like a video games, it was like "whoa this solo is a level nine and this song is only a level two." so yeah thatís my way to describe it.
A- Whatís been the hardest part about the industry for the Bandits?
M- I donít know; Steve Borth you take this one.
STEVE- umm, I donít know, I feel like right now itís been a very productive time for us, weíre going on a good thing right now but I would say personally for me, I wish that we could find bands that were more well suited to play with us far as bands that have different influences than a lot of the stuff thatís out there right now. That would be my first thing to find more bands that we can play with and that are trying to take music to another level.
M- I definitely agree man, commercial music is so stale right now. Thereís so few bands that are actually doing anything with music. Itís more like music is a tool, well itís not like itís anything new but it seems like right now well now more than ever especially the scene quote, unquote. Itís just like more of a tool for financial gain as for creative expression.
A- You guys got two Chrisís and two Steveís in the band - ever get confusing, mix up paychecks?
M- Paychecks! (laughing) Thatís so funny.
S- No we just call each other by our last names. Usually when you get in a group of people that you hang around for more than a few weeks in a row you can tell whoís talking to who, hopefully.
A- How do you guys stay in-line on tour partially sober and on time for shows, ever forget a member somewhere?
S- Ah, yes, well actually we didnít weíve definitely forgotten articles as far as instruments and back-packs and other stuff like that.
A- No codes of conduct on tour?
M- No we try to work it like straight direct democracy, almost like working anarchy in a way that everyoneís opinion and say is completely equal and we try not to make decisions unless we can convince the entire band and talk things out, mostly Iím not saying it always works but for the most part it works out, you have to.
A- I heard The Police were a big influence to the RX Bandits and so if you guys are bandits what criminal activity would you love them to catch you doing?
M- (laughing) Thatís so huge... Umm, I donít know what to say to that.
S- Iím sorry, Iím not feeling too creative.
M- Weíve got nothing for ya, sorry.