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Them Vs You Vs Me

Submitted by on April 9, 2010 – 6:22 pmNo Comment

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When Justin Morneau, a MLB player from New Westminster, B.C., stepped to the plate at the 2007 home run derby in Yankee Stadium, Paralyzer by Finger 11 was playing over the loudspeakers. The Burlington-bred brethren have come a long way since their humble roots as the Rainbow Butt Monkeys. Martyr’s Remi L. Roy recently caught up with Scott Anderson and James Black of the band to discuss video games, The Beatles and Them Vs You Vs Me.

RLR-Is it more satisfying writing a song that gets featured in a movie, video game, or the WWE?

Scott-Depends on the quality. For me, I enjoyed Burnout 3 better than I did Scream 3. So my quote is, “I enjoyed Burnout 3 better than Scream 3.” And I didn’t stammer.

RLR-We don’t quote stammers.

James-Like Scott’s saying, if it doesn’t turn out to be something good, your song kind of disappears. Since we try to make our music separate of anything like that, we’re fine with wherever it ends up, because it’s gotta end up somewhere.

RLR-Has your trailer (stolen from a parking lot in Chicago) been returned?

James-No.

Scott-Not a chance. Which bugs me. It really bugs me.

James-I just get a kick out of what these guys would have looked like taking it – it’s enormous.

Scott-It’s like Al Capone’s vault all over again. You think theres a ton of valuable stuff in it, but there’s nothing. Bring back the trailer and cancel the TV special.

RLR-I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but would this band have attained the same level of success as the Rainbow Butt Monkeys?

Scott-That question’s never been asked sir.

RLR-Get out.

Scott-I’m actually serious. I wasn’t being a sarcastic jerk, that’s for the rest of the interview.

James-I think as far as the success we feel, in terms of making good music, hopefully it would have happened either way.

RLR-“Even if the outside world doesn’t know what you’re getting at, it’s important that you do.”  Can you elaborate?

Scott-With a lot of the songs I listen to, or that I’m a fan of, I have a really strong idea of what they are, or what they mean. But I don’t necessarily know what the guy was getting at. It’s hard to be objective. I don’t read critical reviews of any of my favourite bands anymore…I think that you just insert too much of yourself into the three minutes that is listening to a song…you wonder if you have any right to feel as close as you do to a piece of music, and somebody you’ve never met. I don’t ask myself why anymore. I just enjoy the music.

RLR-Was it a daunting task recording Lennon’s Look At Me?

Scott-We didn’t put any pressure on recording it because it wasn`t going anywhere. It was just a result of, ‘hey, it’s three in the morning and we’re done recording so let’s work on that song. If it doesn’t work out, we’ll try it again.’ So maybe we just had the drunken balls to do it…But there is nothing worse than shitty Beatles covers, so in that way you have to be careful, mean it, and express it the best you can.

James-It’s ironic that those are the greatest songs ever written, so you really can’t fuck them up because they’re so good. But we’ve heard, over and over again, people fuck them up. I don’t know, maybe we`re joining those ranks.

RLR-On a two year road trip, how often does the road become the radio?

Scott-If I tell you what I mean, it ruins what’s special about it. But I’ll tell you anyway. That’ s when you’re sitting in a car and you’re too mad at the person next to you to even listen to music, and all you hear is the sound of the road…

James-That’s exactly what I thought when I heard that…

Scott-Good, good…

James-It’s a striking lyric…it’s just a great line…

Scott-…Yeah, OK, thanks everyone. Not too often, especially this fuckin’ year…everything’s going real well. So the concessions that you have to make for being on the road for so long become easier when the outside perception of the band is successful and people actually give a shit about the record. You`ll get sick of each other, but a good gig heals all wounds.

RLR-You’ve called Them Vs You Vs Me “happy accidents strung together.” What did you mean by that?

James-At every corner we tried to maintain the spontaneity of the original idea, and hopefully the birth of the idea. We just wanted to be free.

RLR-What steps can a band take to avoid sowing the “seeds of suck?”

Scott-Make sure that you have too many ideas when you go into the studio, and put your best foot forward. And be ready to kill any idea that after two months doesn’t work out. Be brave enough to just fuckin’ murder it.

James-You also have to be brave enough to know that you are going to write a bunch of shit…I don`t think that the first song John Lennon wrote was as good as Imagine.

Scott-And don’t you dare make up a business card – it doesn’t make any fuckin’ sense. Trust your band mates and work in that respect, and then you can slack off the rest of your life and ride around in a fuckin’ tour bus!

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