Emily Driskell writes "This interview was conducted on the back porch of Mary Jane's (Houston, Texas), on November 6th, 2002 after their sold-out show with Taking Back Sunday, The Starting Line, and the Reunion Show; with members of Northstar (Nick and Shawn) and one lonely member of the Reunion Show (Derrick) pretending to be a member of Northstar (Tyler)…genius."
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DERRICK (Reunion Show): Can I be Tyler?
NICK (Northstar): Oh godâ¦
D: Okay! IâM TYLER!
N: Might as well beâ¦
(Tyler was passed out, sick, and in the Northstar vanâ¦and Derrick was noticeably down for a laugh, so here we goooooâ¦)
EMILY: Alright, introduce yourself, position in the band, and your biggest vice.
N: Biggest what?
SHAWN: As inâ¦.?
E: As in, guilty pleasureâ¦that sort of thing.
N: Oh! Alrightâ¦ My name is Nick. I play guitar and sing for the band, Northstar; and my guilty pleasure isâ¦ (Long pause)
E: You got to be honest.
N: Caffeine?! I donât know!
N: What? Fine, okayâ¦I donât have a guilty pleasure.
S: My name is Shawn, I play bass, and I like to drink beer.
D: Straight up, nicely said.
E: (Looks around to both non-fake members of Northstar and motioning to Derrick) Should I put it on him?
(Both Shawn and Nick shrug their shoulders and laugh.)
D: (Quite enthusiastically) Iâm Tyler, I play guitar, I have a big drinking problem, and I love girls. (Looks around, quite pleased with what he just stated.)
N: Oh yeah! Can I change mine to girls? Caffeine and girlsâ¦there we go.
S: Yeah, same thing for me, too.
E: Look what you did, Derrick.
D: IâM TYLER!
E: Rightâ¦So, Nickâ¦ How has the tour been for you guys, so far? Being able to hit up places youâve never been before, what has the reaction been like?
N: Itâs been amazing. This is our first time playing here, and there are like, kids singing along to all the songs, and thatâs really awesome.
E: I was singing along.
N: Yeah! I know, you were sitting up front, thatâs awesome.
(Meanwhile, Derrick starts messing with Shawn, who is obviously freezing his ass offâ¦I think we all were. This recording makes me sound really giddy and I think I can hear my teeth chattering, rock!)
D: (Mockingly, to Nick) Yeahâ¦yeahâ¦
N: (To Derrick) Yeahâ¦yeahâ¦I mean all these bands have just been so amazing: Taking Back Sunday, The Starting Line, Reunion Showâ¦ All of them are awesome guys; itâs a blast to tour with themâ¦ (nodding in the direction Derrick, who is bouncing up and down in one place)â¦obviously.
D: I would have to say the same.
S: I would say the same thing, but the shows just get better and better. Itâs a whole lot better than what weâre used to playing.
N: Hell yeah, it is.
E: Does it feel weird being interviewed? Yâall are relatively new to this stuff, I would imagine.
N: Not really "weird", I mean, this is only our second interviewâ¦
E: ALRIIIIIGHT! I feel special!
S: I think itâs kind of weird. We donât think weâre cool enough for interviews.
(For some reason, Nick and Derrick start laughingâ¦I still have no clue why, and that bothers me. Damn you guys.)
E: (Thinkingâ¦) I didnât have any questions formally written up, Iâm just making all this up and I feel retarded. (Oh, that sounded professional.) Okay, favorite place to play, and why?
N: Favorite place to playâ¦Well, so far, I guess itâs been a mix of playing at home, because everybody knows us; and Iâd say Long Island. Long Island has always been really good to us.
D: Helllllll yeeeeeaaaahhhhâ¦
E: (To Shawn, who is still freezing his ass offâ¦thatâs what he gets for wearing a t-shirt in 40-degree weather.) What about you?
S: Actually, Iâve only been in the band about six months, soâ¦
N: Yeah, heâs pretty new at this. (Laughs)
S: I love playing at home, though.
(Around this time, the door guy for Mary Janes walked by us. I swearâ¦he looks JUST LIKE JESUS. Do I know what Jesus looks like? You bet I doâ¦you bet I doâ¦)
N: (Laughing) â¦And that is the door guy.
E: Craziest tour story? Ready, go.
N: We get kind of crazy, sometimes; but weâre really not that crazyâ¦the crazy ones are in the other bands. (Looks DIRECTLY at Derrick, who is mindlessly starting into space.)
E: What about that first tour yâall did with Taking Back Sunday?
N: Oh yeah, youâre right. We had just gotten done from doing a tour with the All-American Rejects, and had this HUGE likeâ¦ROCKSTAR party at this hotel. There were like, 60 people in the hotel pool at like, three in the morning; and the pool was supposed to close at 12.
D: And we were all drinking.
N: (Sarcastically) Yeah, because he was thereâ¦ (Laughs) Ummâ¦yeah, we were all drinking pretty heavily, and lots of people started getting nakedâ¦It was awesome.
E: (to Derrick) Got anything to add to that tour story?
D: Nope. He described it perfectly.
E: Oh! Wasnât Double J on that tour with Taking Back Sunday, as well?
E: Spill the dirt on Double J, Nick. Come onâ¦heâs a good friend of mine. I want dirt.
N: (Laughs) There is no dirt on Double J! Heâs so awesome, though. He designed some shirts for usâ¦
D: THAT GUY IS THE BEST and you can print it just like that. THE BEST.
E: Okayâ¦whatâs one thing you want your fans to know about you that they might not know, already?
(No responses, only blank stares. This interview was going nowhere fastâ¦or maybe our brains were freezing in our skulls, eh.)
N: Say something to the fans of our band?
E: (Ignoring Nick, but addressing Shawn) You have got to be freezing, child.
S: A little bit. (Laughs)
E: Oh, yeah. Say something to the fans, Nick.
N: I can only think to say "thank you." I mean, weâve had people that have supported us for a few years, let us sleep on their floors, cooked us food, itâs just been great. Our fans are amazing.
E: What do you think about Triple Crown?
E: Thatâs it?
N: Awesome. Fred has a lot of really good bands on that label, and thatâs whatâs so awesome. Good bands are awesome.
E: What would your dream tour be like? Like, if you could get any bands to go on the road with you, together or notâ¦who and why?
N: (Almost immediately) The Police.
N: Just because theyâre my fucking favorite band, ever. Letâs see hereâ¦The Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl is just awesome.
E: Do you have the new record?
N: No, I donât have it yet, how is it?
E: Soooooo gooooooood. Not as good as "Nothing Left To Lose", but definitely amazing.
N: Yeah, thatâs what Iâve heard.
D: (Randomly) Iâm cold.
S: Me too.
E: Derrick kind of died there towards the end.
D: (Enthusiastically) IâM TYLER!
N: Yeah, he isâ¦and Tyler kind of died in the van.
E: Random question timeâ¦What did you eat when you woke up, this morning? S and
N: Taco Bell.
E: What time did you go to sleep this morning?
N: (Quite bluntly) Well, the hotel we stayed in last night had free pornoâ¦
D: Like you havenât stayed in a hotel room that didnât have free porno.
N: Well, usually we donât, thank you. Actually, it was niceâ¦wait. (Laughs harder) NEVERMIND! Iâm just going to shut up.
S: You know, we were just flipping through the channels and thenâ¦
D: (nods head) Free porno.
E: (Trying to change the subject as quickly as possible) Sooooâ¦what do you think about Texas?
N: (Laughs) Well, at first when we crossed the border, it was like, âWHOOOOA! Are we in Kansas, or something?"
E: I have a feeling I should wrap this up before it turns into a Texas-bashing fest.
N: Okay, Iâll finish this by saying: Listen to Motion City Soundtrackâ¦theyâre awesome, we just got off a tour with them -
E: They sound like Weezer.
N: A little bit.
E: I donât like Weezer. (Laughs) Sorry, go ahead.
N: And listen to My Chemical Romance.
S: Can I say something?
E: Go ahead.
S: If anyone wants to buy us a trailerâ¦feel free. Weâll love you forever.
E: Oh, really? When are you guys touring again?
N: Januaryâ¦with Glasseater.
E: Okay, ummmmâ¦ (searching for something else to ask)
N: (Laughs) Is this your first interview?
E: (Almost offended, but laughs anyway) NO! Itâs notâ¦thank you very much. I just canât think of anything good to ask you guys.
S: And Iâm sorry our answers suck, Iâm really cold.
(Coincidentally, Gabe, the bandâs drummer comes walking up just about this timeâ¦)
D: Hey, look. Itâs the drummer.
N: Yeah, donât talk to him, heâs just the drummer.
GABE: Just the drummer, huh?
S: And you can tell Emily doesnât remember your name by the face sheâs makingâ¦
E: Noooo! Actually, yessssâ¦ (laughs) Okay, give me some dirt on Nick, the worst thing you can think of.
G: Well, this one time he killed a hooker.
N: Oh yeah! Forgot about that oneâ¦
G: I mean, saved a hooker.
D: Yeah, saved the shitâ¦ehhâ¦Iâm not funny.
(Everyone laughs harder)
G: Actually, I donât think I have any dirt on Nick, heâs a good guy.
E: (To Gabe) Yeah, wellâ¦you missed the interview, man.
G: Yeah, wellâ¦I was hanging out withâ¦ (pauses)â¦chicks.
E: Donât lie. I know where you were.
G: (Hangs his head in shame) Alright, I was sitting behind the merch table.
S: Now heâs telling the truth.
G: Seriously, Iâm just the drummer. Nobody knows who I am. Me and Mark (drummer from Taking Back Sunday) are going to make t-shirts that say, "Iâm in the band, too."
E: That sounds a little desperate.
G: Yes, wellâ¦it is. But I need some lovinâ, too.
E: Donât look at me, thatâs why youâve got these three guys in the band with you.
D: Because Iâm Tyler. (Laughs)