Audiovent : Interview : Chicago : 09.16.2002
by Dave Dalka
Photo/picture by Raquel Vargas
Music Frisk's Dave Dalka was caught up with the guys from Audiovent before their performance at Chicago's world-famous
Metro. His discussion included everything from future song-writing to
striped donkeys to possible experimentation with surfing on Lake Michigan.
Later that evening, Audiovent would go on to perform a great show, though
you could tell that vocalist Jason Boyd's voice was still not 100% from
the cold he had a few days earlier. Highlights included guitarist Ben
Ezinger battling through a song after a guitar string broke, and an
acoustic version of "Sweet Frustration".
MF: Last time we caught up
with you guys, you were driving your own van dragging a U-haul. Now
you are in this big-ass tour bus. How much has life changed for you
over the past few months, and what new challenges and pleasures does
Jason: We graduated!
Ben: We sold more records which helped get us a bus. Having a bus makes touring
a lot more enjoyable. It’s always fun no matter what, but when you have
a bus you can really, really enjoy it because you can actually sleep. When you
have a van you never sleep, ever.
Jason: That’s the biggest thing for me being able to relax and sleep,
being able to climb in our means of transportation and it’s also our home;
it’s also where our bed is.
Ben: It doesn’t feel like a moving car.
MF: Gavin Mackillop
produced your album. Was it difficult cutting a modern rock album with a guy
who has worked with the Goo Goo Dolls and Toad the Wet Sprocket?
Jason: Not really, he knows heavy music too. There’s heavy music he likes
Jamin: We met with at least ten different producers; a lot of them are the big
Hollywood hot shots, or whatever. All we care about is the specific thing that
we are looking for, it doesn’t matter who has that, it matter whose hand
fits the glove.
Jason: He’s a sound guy basically and that’s why we chose him.
MF: Did you record more songs than are
on the current album and if so, where might these be heard in the future?
Jamin: Yeah we did and no one will hear them.
Jason: Only we will hear them!
Ben: Actually there’s one that’s gonna come out.
Jamin: Yes, there were a few, but only one of them will be heard.
Jason: The other ones, they didn’t make the record and there’s a
reason that they didn’t make the record.
Ben: There’s a song that we recorded that we knew we liked, it’s
just that we have to work with it a little bit more.
I've tried to analyze your album cover. What’s the idea of the zebra and
a bottle of cologne?
Ben: (laughs) Smoke a joint and then look at it again.
Jason: I’ll help you with something here. It’s actually a donkey
painted like a zebra.
MF: What’s the relevance of that?
Jason: We went to Tijuana for a photo shoot, a long time ago, and the first
thing we saw was this donkey painted like a zebra. It was just sitting there
eating some shit on the ground. We thought it was funny. The photographer we
were with was like “Oh my god! That’s awesome! Take a picture of
that!” Inside the album, there is also a picture of all of us sitting
behind the donkey in the bleachers. Then the cologne bottle, we were just out
of our minds in our van and thought cologne should be incorporated somehow.
MF: What do you like
most; writing, recording, performing, or meeting the fans?
Jason: The whole thing man, the whole thing. They are all so different.
Paul: That’s what makes the dynamic of the band.
Ben: Writing is where you feel creative, but we also feel creative when we play
live, because a big part of who we are is spontaneity in our personalities and
in our music. We tend to change things up a lot when we play live and when we
MF: Do you like your
arena shows, or do you prefer the smaller club shows?
Jason: They are so different
that it is fun to do both.
Jamin: You know, you could be playing in front of thousands of people, and depending
on how you feel, they could be going crazy for you. That can be an OK show.
And then you could have a show with 100-200 people, and if there’s a different
vibe for some reason, you enjoy it more.
Paul: I think it reflects off who you are playing for.
Many old school fans express a sweet frustration by a lack of new material and
kind of feel like they are in a lull. What are your views on this?
Jamin: We do everything for a reason and we weren’t satisfied with the
songs on Papas Dojo. Because we’re not satisfied, but we knew they had
potential, we wanted to take them to the height we thought the songs could go.
Ben: I’m sure people wonder why we didn’t just decide to write new
ones and the reason is exactly what Jamin just said.
Jason: We had songs that we thought were really good and we wanted to be able
to give them a chance in the light of day, cause they really never had that.
Jamin: It was like a painting that didn’t have the coloring in it, but
we knew the initial drawing of it.
Jason: We could see where it could go, but we didn’t have the paint right.
Paul: We had a god-damn script but we didn’t have a director.
Ben: I think a lot of people on our next record; especially our old school fans
and the new fans too, are really going to be surprised when they hear the new
material and the growth from even Dirty Sexy Nights in Paris to where we are
going to be going for our next record.
Jamin: That’s for sure!
Ben: We're going to call it Columbus Masturbating. (laughs) I’m just kidding.
MF: What are some of
your experiences in terms of weird, flaky fans or encounters?
MF: They don’t want you to put their name on it or anything like that,
Jamin: For us it’s weird just to go into restaurants and having them notice
us and signing stuff. For me, that’s never going to be normal.
Jason: It's fun. It’s a really interesting part of it. They go like, "why
are they so kind to us". It's fun and if makes people happy, then it’s
cool. It's good to make people happy.
Paul: (laughs) Make them masturbate!
Ben: The best, the funniest thing, is the kids that come to your show early
before you play and try to get you to sign stuff for them to sell on Ebay. They’re
not even fans.
Jason: They don't even have a ticket!
Ben: They don't have a ticket, and they don't even know anything about your
Jamin: But they know your single.
Ben: Yeah, they know your single. Then they get really mad at you when you tell
them you won't sign all of their stuff. They will come up with like five brand
new drum heads or a brand new guitar, and say "Will you sign this man?
I'm a big fan."
Ben: Well, I won't do that because I feel like...
Jamin: They’ll tell you that you can personalize it, then they’ll
rub it off with alcohol.
Ben: It’s like, all we have is our integrity, you know what I mean? I’ll
sign anything for fan, but these kids are pretty outrageous in how mad they
get once you won’t sign it!
MF: What are your greatest
passions that you have that you can’t do right now because of touring?
Ben: I’d like to go surfing. I’d really like to go surfing! I’d
like to write, cook.
MF: I think we've got two-foot waves out there today on Lake Michigan, you could
Ben: Really? I would go.
Jason: Definitely cook.
Ben: I would like to write music man. I mean we write music on our tour bus,
but we don’t have a whole band room and jam for a hour. That’s what
we need to go do. We have a lot of new songs that we are messing around with
and parts of songs. But once we get home and we get to just sit around and write,
it will be beautiful.
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