Interview | Fake Problems



July 23, 2010 –
By: Megan Washington | Filmed By: Marti Martin
Label: SideOneDummy
Video Interview: Available here.

* So you guys are from Naples.
Chris:
Yes.

* We found it really interesting that you guys had listed bands like Bright Eyes, Cursive, and even the Saddle Creek label as things that have inspired you. Where did you find that information at, prior to when you were even in the band and you were listening to stuff? The radio by us is very limited.
Chris:
Yeah, I can credit all of my musical influence to our guitar player, Casey. He lived in Los Angeles for like three or four years—he moved back when we were all like sixteen or seventeen—and he came back with all of this awesome new music like Bright Eyes, Cursive, I found out about even bigger bands from him like the Postal Service and stuff like that. That’s kind of how we got into that world, and then—you know—through the internet you find bands like blah blah blah.

* Well that was kind of like pre-Myspace and the whole band space…
Chris:
Yeah, you just gotta Google it! Or, not even Google it. I don’t even know. I don’t remember—AOL it!

* Your new album drops in September, and you guys worked with Ted Hutt. Do you guys have a specific date for it yet?
Chris:
September 21st.

* What’s the title of the record?
Chris:
It’s called Real Ghosts Caught On Tape.

* What was it like to work with Ted?
Chris:
Awesome. Usually we go in the studio and it’s kind of just an engineer and he just presses record and we do what we do. But, this time, Ted was really involved and had alot of ideas and he helped us make a really focused record.

* A lot of people actually say it’s not necessarily who you work with that makes the album, but do you guys feel like it really is important to work with somebody that gets you?
Chris:
I mean, I know we would have made a great record regardless, but I think he really helped us make an even better record.

* You guys had to postpone your UK plans to actually finish your record. So, have you guys figured out when you’re going to head to the UK?
Chris:
We’re still working on figuring out the details, but we’re hoping to get back towards the end of this year.

* You guys also posted a making the record video back in June. How many installments is that going to have?
Chris:
We posted a second one very recently, like last week, so you gotta check it out.

* Oh, we didn’t see that.
Chris:
The next one we are going to do is a Warped Tour one, because that will wrap up—the start of the Warped Tour—we’re going to do two or three of those.

* Cool. You guys have a fall tour coming up with Gaslight, and you’ve toured with them before. Is this your second, your third time?
Chris:
This is our second time on tour with them. The first time we went on tour with them, they opened for us in like basements and really small venues so it’s going to be a lot different. It’s going to be really fun.

* If you could pick one song that reminds you specifically of this summer, even ten years from now when you look back at it, what one song would that be?
Chris:
“Party In The USA” probably. Or no, what’s Beiber?

* The Baby song?
Chris:
Not Baby. There’s one other one… “Eenie Meenie.” I love that freakin’ song. It’s a great song.

* Our last question is, what would you like to say to your fans?
Chris:
Hello, fans. Our fans—my fans—that’s what you said, right?

* Yes.
Chris:
Buy our record September 21st. Thanks for liking us, and talk about us on the internet so when I’m Googling myself I have something to read.

* You’re not suppose to Google yourself.
Chris:
Well, what if you have a Google alert for yourself?

* I didn’t know there was such a thing.
Chris:
I think that probably counts too.