Joe: Well letÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s start this out right away with this morning, what happened there?
Nick: They jimmied the lock on the passenger side, and the door was open. We were like, Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½whoahÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½. We had a stand constructed for like our tv and Playstation and all that stuff and it was knocked over and our stuff was gone.
J: That sucks, totally unexpected
N: Yeah we didnÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½t expect it at all
Dan: Yeah it was a nice way to wake up. It was kind of weird because we had like three laptops down there and we were thinking maybe they were so tired that they didnÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½t touch them.
N: They were not very good thieves.
J: They just wanted the Ipod and Playstation?
D: Well they went more for the tv. They didnÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½t even go to the front seats. We had the computers and stuff in the front and the tv was right there. They just opened the door and went for that.
N: And our Ipods were right there
Scott: And they stole our change
J: Ha ha ha
N: Yeah like who steals change?
J: Well I heard Rufio got their stuff stolen too, does that happen a lot on the road?
N: When I was touring solo, like I was touring with a band and all my stuff was in their van and trailer and we came out of a venue and the van and trailer was gone and I lost everything. So IÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½m like totally used to it by now< . J: Damn. So letÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s talk music. Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½Sunsets and Car CrashesÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½ right?
J: That was just your project?
N: Yeah that was just mainly me because I just didn’t have any musicians that really were inÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½ I mean I live in South Dakota soÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½
J: Ha ha ha, that’ll happen
N: Yeah, so there’s not a vast choice of musicians to pick from, but it was as good as I could do and it’s what I wanted to do the whole time. I mean it turned out great and I had a lot of fun so.
J: I reviewed that album for our website actually
J: For some reason, I have no idea, it has the most hits out of any other album.
J: Yeah, I believe I said it was, well how would you describe yourself?
N: How would I describe it?
J: I think I said it was like John Mayer meets DashboardÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½
N: Yeah that’s so hard. I mean I can’t put into words music that I would write. Especially on that record. I mean especially to compare we sound like thisÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½I mean I’m honored to be perceived like that. They are both amazing musicians so.
J: I noticed a common theme for the first album was angst, or a lot of heartbreak on that album.
N: Oh yeah
J: So is there any reasoning behind that? Or was it just a rough time in your life?
N: You know it was just kind of a point where I was going through stuff in my life that was going on at the time. ItÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s just your average, you know, garbage that everyone goes through.
J: The new album, Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½One Fell SwoopÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½ right?
D: Yeah yeah
J: WhenÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s that come out?
D: August 9th
J: So how is this album different than the last one?
S: ItÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s a lot more fast paced.
D: Yeah thereÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s still those songs on it that resemble the first album. But it has more of that full band feel to it.
D: ItÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s really fast paced and kinda rocks out
J: So the first album was just Nick, so how did you guys come
D: Yeah he had different musicians record, like he had someone do drums, and someone else play bass. But that was pretty much his thing.
J: So how did you guys form as a band for this current album?
S: All living together in Sioux Falls I guess.
D: Yeah the three of them went to high school together and these two (Joe and Scott) were also in a different band together.
Joe: Yeah Sorry I’m here now, sorry I was late.
J: Oh thatÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s alright donÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½t even worry bout it.
Joe: ha ha alright
D: And just through like the local scene
J: The local South Dakota scene?
Joe: ha ha ha
D: If you could call it that I guess. But just talking and sharing a common interest in music and stuff we came together.
J: So what are your expectations for this new album coming out in August? Like maybe not from reviews and critics but what do you expect from your listeners?
S: I donÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½t know I think just a more mature album.
Joe: A wider audience
D: yeah, maybe branch out to people who wouldnÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½t necessarily go for just the acoustic stuff.
J: And how is being on the Warped Tour helping that? Is it helping at all do you think youÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re reaching more people?
D: Well you reach more people, but Warped Tour is definitely more rock-based. I mean there are a lot of different styles now, but itÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s definitely a rock- based crowd and thatÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s the type of crowd that maybe didnÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½t listen to any of Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½Sunsets and Car CrashesÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½ that might now get into it.
Joe: ThatÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s the plan anyways
J: So when you play your songs on Warped Tour do you play your old stuff?
N: We play a couple full band versions of the old stuff. Like where theyÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½d be acoustic on the old cd, now theyÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re more rockinÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½ and more fun. ItÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s a little more accessible too. I mean there are people that even if they like acoustic stuff, more majority of people can just get into rocking out.
Joe: Yeah if there was some guy just playing by himself with an acoustic guitar
J: Yeah that doesnÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½t really sell that much on Warped Tour not too many people wanna see that.
Joe: Yeah that would go horribly just a guy and a guitar by himself.
J: So other than the break in this morning how is the Warped Tour experience as a band? Is this your first Warped Tour?
N: Well we played a day last year.
D: ItÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s been pretty good, weÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½ve gotten a pretty good response. Especially from kids that actually know about us, they come up to the merch-table they exceed our expectations by like 500 times. I mean weÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re not getting all rich
J: ha ha ha
D: Like last year there was probably like $30 sold total that day. So anythingÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s better than that.
J: Anything better than 30 and youÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re heading in the right direction?
J: So have you guys become friends with any of the other bands? Like what bands do you most relate to?
S: Like some of the bands that are on the Smartpunk stage I say we relate to most because weÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re with each other a lot. WeÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½ve only been on a for a week or so though soÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½ Just the guys on the Smarpunk stage, meeting those guys.
N: Yeah itÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s hard because the big bands, like the really big bands they might not really have time to come check you out or anything. You donÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½t want to be that guy thatÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s like, Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½Hey man. Come check us out!Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½ like totally just bugging them. You just kinda go with it and whoever you meet you meet.
J: So do you guys have any plans to tour this fall?
J: Going on the road with anybody or headlining?
N: We have a label tour.
J: One eleven
N: Yeah, yeah itÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s with a band called This Day and Age, theyÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re really good friends of ours and another band Mashlin.
D: Yeah theyÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re based out of Florida
N: ItÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s us three and weÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re just going on a whole US tour and itÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½ll just be a whole lotta fun.
J: Well alright thanks so much for taking time out of your day.
N: No thank you
J: 6:50 Smartpunk stage right?
J: See ya guys there