Y'know, some people have this real thing about labeling every darn band that comes out of Seattle "grunge". Sure. MxPx = grunge. Sunny Day Real Estate = grunge. Blenderhead = grunge. I mean, if you hear a band that comes from England, does that mean that they're going to be all snobby and bratty? Well, actually...yeah. But Grammatrain comes from Rain City,U.S.A. (that would be Seattle) and they aren't grunge. If you can grasp this concept, there's hope for you yet.
ANY INFO ON THE NEW ALBUM? (TITLE, SONGS,STUFF LIKE THAT) The title of the album is going to be "Flying". It goes with this song on the record that's definitely the most unique song Grammatrain's ever done--lyrically it's all symbolism and allegory;musically it has some psychadelic attributes to it. This album has got a ton of variety on it, which is something we definitely wanted to accomplish this time. There's even odd time signatures on some stuff. We did a lot of experiementing this time, because we actually had the luxury of time in the studio this time around. Almost all these songs were written on the road, due to our heavy touring schedule, and that actually helped us rise to the challenge I think.
HOW DID THE BAND GET TOGETHER? Paul & I met through a mutual friend of ours who was putting together a Bible study. At that time we were in different bands, and both are bands broke up around the same time. So, eventually we started talking about putting a band together and Paul's brother, Dalton, came over and we started playing together. Within a month, we had five songs and our first gig.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST ALBUM YOU EVER BOUGHT? Petra - "Captured In Time and Space".
WHO DO YOU COUNT AS YOUR INFLUENCES? The first band that ever turned me on musically was The Beatles. I couldn't believe how incredible their music was. Shortly thereafter, a friend of mine played some Led Zeppelin records, and that equally freaked me out. I'd also count Larry Norman and Nirvana as influences.
WHAT IS GRAMMATRAIN'S PURPOSE IN THE MUSIC WORLD? I believe that music is an expressional tool. There's so much power in expressing feelings and thoughts through music. It touches you in a way that nothing else does. All we're trying to do is express our own emotions and beliefs through music in a way that other people can relate. Jesus Christ is the most important thing in all of our lives, and we have to express that through our music. It's the most fulfilling thing i know.
THE VIDEO FOR "BELIEVE" CAUSED QUITE A STIR. HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT? We wanted to do a semi-live feel video for that song, simply because it has so much energy. Henry Shepherd, whose directed a couple videos for Soundgarden and several other Seattle bands, directed this video. He came up with all the cool imagery shots you see in the video, like the man on a boat and in the field, the clock, etc. We rented out a club in Seattle called The O.K. Hotel and shot all the performance stuff there. In the end we were totally psyched to see it, mainly because we'd never seen ourselves in a video before!!
ANY PLANS FOR A TOUR SOON? This month (January) is probably the only month that we're NOT touring! After this month we're doing a lot of shows for the next three months before our record comes out, but we're trying to kind of lay low for a while. After the festival season, we're talking about possibly touring with Plankeye right now, which would be totally fun.
WHO WOULD BE YOUR DREAM BAND TO TOUR WITH (CHRISTIAN OR SECULAR)? Hmmmm. We've always talked about how cool it would be to tour with King's X. At least we would go on the stage each night knowing we were about to get our butts kicked!!!
HAVE YOU EVER STOOD IN FRONT OF AN OPEN REFRIGRATOR FOR HOURS, SCRATCHING YOUR HEAD, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT IT IS YOU CAME FOR? How did you know!? Have you been spying on me??