Hey everyone. So several weeks ago, myself and a friend of mine had the amazing opportunity of interviewing Anarbor. We’ve been extremely busy for the last few weeks with a bunch of technological and academic issues, but we finally got it transcribed for you all to read.
Anyway, they are definitely some really cool guys. Check them out here! And also, buy your tickets now to see them on the rest of the Vultures Unite Tour with headliner VersaEmerge and supporting acts The Dangerous Summer and Conditions here.
So here’s the interview. I hope you guys enjoy it.
So we read somewhere that your original name was Troop 101. Is that at all true?
SLADE: Yeah. That is.
Will you tell us a bit about that?
SLADE: Yeah. Well, when we first started out, we needed a band name. We didn’t really have a name, and it just sort of came up.
ADAM: We’re not very proud of that…
SLADE & MIKE: Yeah… haha.
ADAM: We were so young. We changed our name for a reason.
When did you change it?
MIKE: Back in 2003.
ADAM: No, no. It was in 2006.
MIKE: Oh yeah! We formed in 2003. That’s right.
So your first few EPs gave your band a lot of exposure and some awesome opportunities. How has this new full length been for you so far?
SLADE: Great! We got to go on Warped Tour, and we toured off of it. That was also our first U.S. tour off of it. So far, so good.
Have you guys ever done a headlining tour?
SLADE: No. Not yet.
Any plans for that?
SLADE: We hope so. Nothing’s for sure yet, though.
So seeing that you guys are on the Vultures Unite Tour, have you guys done any good tour pranks yet? Those are always fun to hear about.
SLADE: Not on this tour. You know, usually you do those at the end.
MIKE: Yeah. We usually save those for the last days.
Do you have one that’s memorable?
SLADE: We used to have wars where we would just chuck like Pepto-Bismol…
MIKE: Or like soda, cakes, basically anything. We would throw anything that we could at each other’s vans.
SLADE: It was really scary, because we’d be on the road.
ADAM: Yeah. We weren’t being very safe on the road.
MIKE: Yeah! We were, like, on the highway!
So do you have one place to play that you would call your “all time favorite”?
MIKE: I honestly love playing California. Anywhere in California is my favorite place to play. We always know we’re going to have a great show.
SLADE: Chain Reaction is great. We always love playing there.
Over the summer, you were all on MTV’s Silent Library. How was that experience?
SLADE: That was funny.
MIKE: That was really, really ridiculous.
Well, you got everything, didn’t you?
MIKE: Yeah! It was awful.
SLADE: Yeah, but it was pretty good. It was definitely a good experience. I mean, we got the money, so we’re happy. We got a whole lot of money.
If you were to choose a part that you would absolutely never do again, what would it be? No matter how much money you get?
ADAM: All of them. Yuck.
MIKE: The eating ones were so gross and so hard. They were bad.
SLADE: Yeah, if we didn’t have to do anything with eating, it would’ve been a lot easier.
ADAM: If I had to do the fish one, I swear I would’ve barfed.
Who do you think had it the worst?
MIKE: Me! I had, like, 4 bad ones I had to do. I had to do the eating one that we all had to do. Then, I got picked, like, 6 times.
SLADE: I think Greg got out of the eating one. Maybe? I don’t remember.
ADAM: Yeah, and Tom had to do that shrimp thing.
The shrimp waffle?
ADAM: Ugh. Yeah. That was gross.
So anyway, you guys released a new lyric video for your song “Mr. Big Shot”. Whose idea was that?
MIKE: It was kind of a collective thing. The new Google app that they came out with, we all thought, “Wow, that’s kind of cool. We should maybe use this for something.”
How did you create it?
MIKE: Well, how it worked was we got all the clips by posting on our Tumblr something like, “Hey. Tweet us your favorite lyric from ‘Mr. Big Shot’.” And then we did all these different things, like posting pictures on our Tumblr, and we purposefully did that to set it up.
Do you run your own Tumblr?
MIKE: Yeah. We all log in; we all have access. It’s cool, because it has those applications for pictures and songs. We can just send them straight to our Tumblr.
On another note, do you all have any advice for budding artists?
SLADE: Keep at it. You know, you got to work for it.
MIKE: Don’t try to take the easy way out.
What would you define as the “easy way out”?
MIKE: Don’t always do what everyone’s doing just because it’s cool at the time. Do something that you know that’s right and something that’s going to last.
Awesome. Any last things you’d like to say to your fans?
SLADE: Check out our stuff.
MIKE: Check out the new album!
ADAM: Check out the album. Come see us at a show, and say hi.
SLADE: Yeah. Check us out on Warped Tour… on Warped Tour? What?
ADAM: Yeah. Go see us on Warped Tour!
SLADE: No! Vultures Unite Tour!
So that was it! Hope you enjoyed it.
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