this new European tour? You were in Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Uk, Netherlands,
how is it?
J-It's been an interesting tour. We've played a variety of shows on this
tour. Festivals and clubs. I guess the variation keeps touring exciting.
you prefer to play in big Festival with some bands you know or in classic
J-I prefer the smaller shows. They are more intimate and the energy
is better. The festivals are cool because we have an opportunity to
play with bands that are musically different from us.
the Reconstruction Tour, what is your relation with the others bands?
J-They are all friends. If we were not friends with them before, we
are now. Everyone was cool on the Reconstruction tour. We had fun.
did you take a so long break before recording "Blaze"?
J-We recorded a number of times before the recording of "Blaze".
We were not happy with those earlier recordings. I think it is natural
for a band that has been together for many years to lose their chemistry.
We had a break down. We could have made a bad record or split up. Instead
we were patient. I think it was worth the wait. I am proud of the new
Lagwagon CD. I do not want to look back on anything I have created as
"Blaze", what for you the most change of this new album?
J-I think "Blaze" is more guitar oriented. On "let's
Talk About Feelings" the songs were all arranged around a vocal
melody line. With "Blaze" I paid more attention to the dynamic
of the guitar and drums. This reminds me of our earlier records. Maybe
"Blaze" bridges the gap between the new and old Lagwagon sound.
you satisfied of the result? If can change one thing whish one?
J- I am satisfied with "Blaze". If I could change one thing
I would replace "Tomorrow is Heartbreak" with another song
I wrote that is better. You are never completely satisfied with a record.
What do you think about the mean stream punk rock bands like Good Charlotte?
J- I don't have a problem with the mainstream. If I like the band It
makes no difference what there status is. Good Charlotte are good guys.
I don't know their music all that well.
OS-Do you think that it could bring more kids to listend to others bands
J- I have seen Punk mainstream before. I don't think it has a great
effect on Lagwagon. Our world stays the same and we enjoy that consistency.
actual music productions in the way of punk rock roots?
J-I don't think so. If you look for roots they are still available in
the purist form. Listen to the old records.
do you think of the Bush's politics inside and outside the USA?
J-I'm am not an advocate of any right wing American politicians. Fuck
shows in France are very scarce, why?
J-I'm not sure. We play where we are asked to play. Maybe there are
not many French Lagwagon fans. I always enjoy the shows. We just played
Montpellier and Toulouse. Both audiences were great.
you know the European scene? What do you think about it?
Can you name me some bands you like?
J- I think the European scene is vast and differs in every country.
There are a lot of great bands. I like "Beat steaks" from
Berlin. A band called "Logh" from Sweden. There are many bands
I like. Evertime we tour I get a lot of demos. I like about 5% of them.
The band that supported us in France was good as well. They were called
you've something to say at the young generation? Your last word?
J- Learn how to be a good stage diver (This is more appropriate for
Germans, Italians and the Spanish).
Four basic rules:
1) 5 seconds is the time limit on stage. This is enough time to get
a running start.
2)You must dive or flip. Don't just fall into the crowd. Entertain us.
3) Avoid the man in front of you. There is no reason to run the singer
over or step
on the guitar players pedals. When the equipment breaks the show suffers!
4) Be nice. When you jump into the crowd land on your stomach or flip
on to your back. There is no reason to kick anyone in the face.