Big D And The Kids Table (07 décembre 2005)
C’est en très jolie compagnie et bien installé dans le sofa des
coulisses du Metropolis que Steve Foote, bassiste de BIG D AND
THE KIDS TABLE, nous a accueilli le 19 novembre dernier. Sean P.
Rogan et Paul E. Cuttler, respectivement guitariste et
trompettiste du groupe ont aussi participé à cet entretien des plus
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[MATH] You guys just released Salem Girls right in
time for Halloween. Who got the idea behind that “mini EP” concept?
[STEVE] The idea for us was to come up with some kind of
nearly sounding Halloween songs. What I like is that even though they
have a really creepy dark sound, they still got that reggae vibe, and
because we’ve been working on a lot of reggae/dub stuff, we thought it’d
be a good way to sort a transition into that. That being said, we’re not
completely changing the band’s sound. It’s just that we wanted to do
something that was a little bit different than what we normally do, make
it more relax and just have fun with it. That’s why we did a couple
mixes of the song Salem Girls to try really eclectic and weird
stuff on it. There’s also two different demo versions of She’s
Lovely, which is going to be one of the song that we’ll be
recording for the dub record that we’re making.
[MATH] Is that the new direction you’re taking? Do you plan
on releasing more instrumental and atmospheric stuff?
[STEVE] No, we’re just gonna do one record like that. Right
now we have a couple different ideas planned up. For one record it’s
gonna be really relax, soft music so that when we get older, we’ll be
able to say we had the opportunity to do some really different creative
[SEAN] We all love reggae. We just wanted to incorporate the
ideas and concepts that reggae/dub has introduced to us and mix that
with other really weird experimental music like PINK FLOYD or THE FLAMING LIPS...
[MATH] When can we expect that dub record?
[STEVE] We’re still writing the material. We’re probably
gonna have a punk/ska records and the dub/reggae album. Every time we do
a serious record we like to do something just for ourselves which is why
we did Porch Life as well.
[MATH] You’re currently on the Boston Invasion Tour
with DROPKICK MURPHYS and it seems like you’re having a really
good relationship with the band…
[STEVE] They’re awesome, we’ve even shared a bus with them.
Basically four of their crew guys were on a bus with us: Two merch guys, the
monitor guy and the system tour manager. And we had met them all before:
At 2003 Warped Tour we started to get to know them a little bit
and then this past tour we’ve been on the road together for sixty days
[MATH] It's all about representing Boston…
[STEVE] Yeah! Its awesome we have four really cool bands on the
tour, the shows have been great. We’ve planned to go to a lot of market
where we’ve done well before but never played big venues at these, so
its really nice to take a step further, see a huge crowd and get an
[MATH] I was speaking with Chris from THE FLATLINERS the other day and he was telling me how Dave
always go completely insane when you play live. What’s the craziest
stunt you remember from him?
[SEAN]: A week ago he jumped off a fifteen foot speaker
[MATH] Oh god…Did he ever hurt himself?
[STEVE] Yeah he split his head open once in Long Island.
He jumped up and sliced his head on a monitor. Blood started pouring
down his face so he finished the song, played an other one and then he
was on the verge of passing out so we took him to the hospital. We have
pictures of that on our website: He’s holding the microphone and his
whole face is covered in blood…
[MATH] You often speak about how BIG D lives with the strict
minimum. You guys are obviously not that rich…
[STEVE] You guys are obviously extremely poor you
[MATH] Was there a moment where it was way too much and you
thought you wouldn’t be able to go on anymore with the band?
[STEVE] Right now! [laughs] Every day is like “I
love what I’m doing but I can’t afford to live” so what the fuck do you
do with your life? Do you keep working and hoping you’re gonna become
more successful and you’ll be making enough money to live off of it or
do you tell yourself “I’m gonna be contented with living in a bedroom
that has only 3 walls” and be like, “I can do this”? But you know, how much
longer can you actually enjoy yourself?
[MATH] So what gives you the energy to go on everyday and to
kick ass at every show you do?
[STEVE] You’ll see when we’ll get up there. It’ll be self-explanatory [laughs]… It’s so much fun. When I first started
watching tv seeing videos on MTV and all, I was like “Wow! This is what
I wannna do!” Then you just start learning your instrument, fall in love
with it I guess and tell yourself “why not?” Why not make a living doing
what you wanna do? And I work part time too, I do computer tech support.
My boss is awesome she lets me go on tour whenever I want: They fire me
when I leave, back and then hire me back when I come back around.
Without that I wouldn’t be here probably…
[MATH] Are you all working part time jobs when not on tour?
[SEAN] I teach guitar lessons. I work for my dad sometimes. He
fixes houses so I’m learning how to build stuff…
[MATH] You were speaking about MTV earlier… You wrote that
song LAX, what is it all about? It’s by far one of your most
pissed off song…
[SEAN] Well, it’s about people that don’t quite understand
what normal people go through you know, people that come from a land of
money and take everything for granted, against peoples like us and our
fans that works hard to save up to buy BIG D t-shirts. On our side we
work hard to save up so that we can go on tour… It’s that sort of
vibe… It’s just where we are.
[STEVE] Dave went out to LA to meet a friend. Every time he
went out, people were looking at him like if he was some kind of
scumbag. When you go out there and introduce yourself, they shoot the
resumé at you : “I do this and that, I’ve done that publicity, etc”. It's
not about saying “California is a really shitty place”. It’s more like
“Los Angeles is filled of really superficial shitty people”, we’re saying
fuck you to those people.
[MATH] There’s people like that everywhere man… That song
should actually be called America X.
[STEVE] Yeah I guess so…[laughs]
Merci à Steve, Sean et Paul de BIG D pour avoir pris le temps de discuter avec nous, ainsi qu'à Skylar chez Asian Man Records pour avoir rendue cette entrevue possible.