ANDY ST. JERMAINE -- GUITAR
KEVIN ROY --BASS
STACY BILODEAU -- PERCUSSION
JUSTIN WARD -- DRUMS
JEFF KILTON -- GUITAR
DARRIEN HICKS -- THE OTHER DRUMMER
CHRISTIAN -- KEYBOARDS
BIG TIME : Is a professional video in your future?
JEFF : Our current video's are bootlegs.
: If it was some sort of video, I don't think I would personally
want it to be like anything you see on M TV. That's way too
commercial, and to me, that's like posing. I don't care for that
at all. I would rather have it be like a Live shot of us, if they
were going to show a video of us. It would have to be so artistic
or psychedelic, it would blow them away. It would have to be
complete creative and totally different. Innovation in a way,
that is a visual experience. Instead of a guy standing on a
corner with the same commercials with people crying.
ANDY : I just don't want it to be like a Michael Jackson.
CHRISTIAN : I think the whole M TV thing is just a big ball of cheese.
TIME : Do you think M TV is trying to crash in with one
culture, and bands like yourself are facing a standoff with them ?
: I don't know what it is, or know what M TV has got in their
minds. I think they just want to make money.
: Actually, there's M2, which is a station for bands like
us. They just opened it up and their going to do it regionally.
: I haven't seen it around here yet. I'm afraid it's going
to end up being like regular M TV, but just with Alternatives bands,
and all the commercials.
: M TV controls what type of music is popular at what
times. They'll get like 5 different bands that all sound the
same, put them all on at the same time, and that's "Good music."
It's like some dude sitting in a chair saying, "Well I like the way
that sounds, let's do that for 6 months." Then they make money
off them, then say, "Well now we'll do something else." You know
? More Rap music, then they do that for 6 months. It keeps
going back and forth, from Alternative to Rap, and it's pretty sad I
DARRIEN : Yea, it's hard to say, I don't really watch much TV.
TIME : You mentioned earlier that you practiced the drums
for 15 hours a week. Do you think not watching M TV helps you
focus more on your individual practice?
: Oh yea, sometimes it helps. Most of the time you get "
caught up, " in it. It's like another world, that's not a
part of my own. Then I start thinking like that other world, then
things get confusing. So, I just try to stay away from it.
BIG TIME : What do you think of the support that clubs give to original bands in this area?
KEVIN : I think It's ridiculous.
: I think it stinks. I really think it stinks. It's
everything that everybody else wants to hear. It's not new, they
are afraid of new. That's the way I look at it.
: Scott Folsom at the Cellar Door in Auburn was really good to
us. He gave us a chance when we first started. He was
patient with us and we have gotten a lot better, since we had been
playing there. It's like where we are now is like night and day.
: He gave us a chance, basically. In the beginning, when we
first started out, he gave us a chance to play there and we stunk for a
long time. I mean we were pretty good at the time, and after
nobody showed up each consecutive Wednesday that we played, we had to
step back and look at what we were doing. Maybe write some new
music, and change the sound. Then we started playing again and
just kept getting better and better. We're pretty cool right now,
but we could get better.
: About the whole scene, I've noticed there are a lot of cover
bands that play other people's music, and they make darn good
money. We struggle hard, doing our music, but hopefully, the
trade off to that will be that someday, people will like our original
STACEY : Good
point. I really don't like Heavy, Heavy music. Like real
punk, death metal type of stuff. The few times that I've been
down there in Portland, that's all I've heard. I call it
headache music myself. I like stuff that flows. I like
stuff that is beautiful, and I don't think that stuff is beautiful.
: When I started playing a year ago, I only wanted to learn the
technical aspect of playing keyboards. I learned for 5-6 months
the technical way. Slowly, talking to everyone in the band, they
taught me that playing more with a feeling is more important, and now I
realize that playing technical is good, if you want to get really,
really good. I improved the most in this past year from learning
to play by feeling and not just by technical stuff. I like to be
technical and play with feeling, but I think, if you have to choose
between one or the other, feeling is more important. This is
because it will drive you to learn. I understand a lot of theory,
i just can't apply it real fast. I would have to sit down and
think for a minute, you know, flat whatever. I understand all the
technical stuff, how to build a chord, any way I want. It's just
applying it that's real hard, and thinking of it fast enough to apply
it. There's so many different combinations that it's scary.
KEVIN : The majority
of my learning has been playing along with albums and with three
guys. As we write it, we learn more things. I might not
know the name of the scale, I just know how it sounds and I play what I
think sounds right. Not necessary what is intellectually
right. I don't want to get so hung up on a pre-designated
scale. I would rather do something off the top of my head that is
mine. It's all theory then again it's just a theory of
mine. (Laughs) A theory, is just a theory, it's just a
hypothesis. (Laughs) It thinks it be. (Laughs)
It's just what someone else thinks what it might be. (Laughs)
: I think if you're a studious person,which I'm not, music theory
would help as a short cut to learning intricate things.