HHM: What brought all the guys in Rozwell Kid together?
We live in the same area, met through college or playing shows with previous bands in the region.
HHM: When do you first realize this “type” of project is what you wanted to do?
I always wanted to write songs, ever since i started playing guitar and getting into “alternative” music. when I started writing, I went through a phase where all my jams were centered around this complicated sci-fi, time traveling concept about a rock and roll future cop who ends up marrying his own great-grandmother or something like that. I’m pretending I don’t remember the entire concept vividly. I suppose it was pretty groundbreaking stuff, but it was mostly a defense mechanism because I wasn’t comfortable writing about personal things. Come to think of it, I didn’t really have a lot to say at the time. Eventually I started to heed my mom’s advice and began “writing what I knew”… the first record is kind of a tour diary. The new record is more about feeling like a doofus, making mistakes, glum self-reflection through a quivering midnight puddle of spilled coffee, etc etc.
As far as our sound, I just try to make songs that pump me up and make me feel good, even if the subject matter is bummed out or negative. I was working at a student newspaper in college, listening to a rentals b-side called “translator” and I was so pumped up by the music that I thought “man, this rules… I wanna make music that pumps me up as much as this” so that’s what I aim for.
HHM: What’s the overall message you’d like people to take from Rozwell Kid?
I haven’t really thought about it… I guess something along the lines of “let’s get pumped up and achieve our goals”
HHM: The lyrics and overall feel of the music is slightly off center, how much fun is it to write material like that?
I really like coming up with lyrics. but I’m no poet… sometimes it’s a pain, but when you end up with something you think is honest and kinda funny that’s the best. We try to keep things a little bit weird, I guess? nothing too predictable, but still something that feels organic and pumps you up.
HHM: How much of a sense of pride do you feel writing something relatively original and not following the grain?
I’m flattered that you think it’s original, thanks! I don’t really ponder the originality of it too much. I just jam on what I’m thinkin’ & feelin’, I guess. I’m really proud of the two records that we’ve done. finishing a song that I dig is one of my favorite feelings in the whole wide world that I’ve yet to experience.
HHM: Has this become your main priority musically?
Lately, yeah. the demon beat was my primary focus for about 6 years. we worked really hard and toured a lot and made a buttload of records. Since our last album came out and the support tour wrapped up, we’ve each been doing our own thing for a while. So that’s afforded us the time to get “Unmacho” ready to release and start demoing some new songs. Who knows what tomorrow will bring, but right now I’m just stoked to get home to my dell inspiron 1000 and lay down some new ideas.
HHM: Are you guys approaching this like a normal project; progress, get a deal, get on the road, make shit loads of money…or something a little more laid back?
I’ve been on the internet a lot in the past 5 years and apparently the music business doesn’t really work the way it used to. That being said, I really don’t care. I just wanna write and record a buttload of songs that pump me up. That’s what I’m gonna do. I have an awesome group of dudes who wanna play those songs with me, so we’ll do that. no pressure, no stress. Let’s just do something fun that pumps us up. This is all about pumping people up.
HHM: With a definite 90’s influence, how is that received in today’s music scene? I mean, I get it, but do the kids that go to shows seem to get it?
I don’t really know. I mean, we’ve played some awesome shows and some sparsely populated shows. there always seems to be at least one or two people in the crowd who really connect with what we’re doing and appreciate it. The ultimate goal would be to turn those two people into 20 people or 200 people. They’re out there, we just gotta worm our way into their heads.
HHM: You are releasing Unmacho in February, how much different was working on this record than Rozwell Kid LP?
It was WAY different. I did the Rozwell Kid LP pretty much solo. My friend Brian Spragg recorded it in Morgantown WV over a few months. I played 90% of the parts, with most of the leads played by my demon beat colleague and all-around great guy Adam L. Meisterhans. We also brought in a host of Morgantown musicians to play some little guest parts. It was a really fun and chill process. with “Unmacho” we went in as a full band and destroyed it in a few days. we recorded with our buddy David Klug in beautiful Pittsburgh PA. I think we did a good job of capturing the live intensity of the band on a computer in Pittsburgh. We also had some guest spots on the new record. mostly funny stuff like pickscrapes and ghost noises. our pal Bud Carroll ripped an awesome solo on the song “Afterparty”.
HHM: How stoked are you guys to get this record out there and see what people have to say about?
I am really stoked. It’s been done since the summer of 2012. We were just waiting for the right time to put it out between other projects. As far as what people have to say, it would be cool if some people dig it, but if not, it’s no big deal.
HHM: Do you guys have any plans to do some touring to help support the record and grow your fan base?
Nothing extensive. We are gonna play some regional shows. Tour around the mid-atlantic, you know the drill. Keep it liquid. after that, who knows. We’re gonna keep an open mind and see what transpires. As long as I can keep breathing and eating and watching Simpsons dvds and make another record that’s all that matters to me. I LITERALLY just went outside to whiz on a shrub before answering this question, so pretending that I have any elaborate plans just seems disingenuous.
HHM: With an album release on the horizon, what’s the next step for this band?
Welp, I guess we’re gonna party at some shows, sells some records (hopefully) and then make another album. Other than that it’s all gravy, man. it’s allllll gravy. it would be awesome to finally write a score to that Sandra Bullock movie “The Net”… that’s on my to-do list. I’d like to write a concept record about a band of babies, too. They are literal babies and they sing in baby-babble but the world loves them. It would chronicle their rise to fame and how quickly the money & limelight will make you grow up. It’d be kinda like that part in Rush’s “2112” when the dude finds a guitar behind a waterfall and learns to play it BEFORE YOUR VERY EARS. Only it would be a baby rock band who learns words and how to play their instruments a little better. It would probably sound like a cross between the Shaggs and “2112.”
HHM: To wrap this thing up…anything you’d like to say or get off your chest?
I have so much stuff that I’d like to get off my chest. Most of it is about the song “Teenage Dirtbag” and that Sandra Bullock movie “The Net”. Seriously, I’ve listened to “Teenage Dirtbag” probably 50 times this week. That song is awesome and “The Net” is sweet. I think “Mozart’s Ghost” would be a cool band name, if it isn’t already.