SW: Please introduce yourselves.
Chad: I am Chad
DJ: I am DJ
Pouyan: I am Pouyan
Steve: And I am STEEEEEVE!!
SW: So I know that You guys already have an EP and an album, The City Sleeps In Flames, out, Will you be releasing any new material soon?
Pouyan: Yes.Yes. After this tour we go into the studio to write, I mean, to record it, a new CD. ItÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s pretty damn good to go if you ask me. WeÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ve got a few more songs that need some work and here and there weÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re gonna change some parts around but essentially itÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s all ready to go and weÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re gonna have it out mid summer and to get a taste of it weÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re dropping a couple new tracks on this tour live so people can check it out when they come out for the take action tour. So see what weÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re all about you know? Come feel the freshness baby! ThatÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s what weÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re down with.
Chad: Come check it out dude, like a book.
Pouyan: Like a book.
Chad: You know what I mean?
Pouyan: Check it out.
Chad: At your local library!
Chad & Pouyan: Come! Check it check it check it out!
SW: So do you guys prefer to tour close to home, near Arizona, or all over the country?
Pouyan: All around the world I would have to s-
Pouyan: would be amazing! We would much, much rather just tour everywhere in the world.
SW: Have you been out of the states before?
Pouyan: Yea! WeÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ve been to the UK, and then Canada, but that doesnÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t really count becauseÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦where is fuckin? FuckinÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ bitch? Where is she? A friend of ours, she asked us to call her that, thatÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s actually her nickname. Yea but sheÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s from Canada and I was gonna talk a lot of shit on Canada, but itÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s actually a really cool place, so it doesnÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t make sense to talk shit if sheÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s not around.
DJ: Yea I like Canada
Pouyan: I love Canada! ItÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s beautiful, fun to make fun of though.
Pouyan: So funÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦ So amazing!
SW: So You-
Pouyan: Just Great!
SW: So I know this isnÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t your first tour, I know you have been on Warped Tour before. How does this tour compare with others you have been on?
Pouyan: Nothing compares to Warped Tour, good and bad, but this tour has been the total bro-down showdown. They sayÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦
Chad: Welcome to the Brodeo
Pouyan: ItÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s like we allÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦well basically the planning for the tour was basically the booking agents saying Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”get ready to meet at dusk.Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? You know what I mean? And then all the bands came together with their pistols ready and then had an intense bro-down. With our guns laid down. You know what I mean? ThatÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s a metaphorÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦
SW: I got it, I got it.
Pouyan: I mean agents didnÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t really, thatÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s not really how tours are set up but itÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s kind of a metaphor.
Chad: That really happened though!
Pouyan: It really totally actually did happen that way.
SW: Are you guys going to be on Warped Tour 07Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ this year?
Pouyan: Yea, we plan on it. I think we actually have it set for the first month of Warped tour, weÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re going out, which should be cool.
SW: I know Halo and other video games are pretty popular with other bands, but what do you guys do to keep yourselves occupied and out of trouble?
DJ: Guitar Hero!
Pouyan: When did play Guitar Hero on this tour?
DJ: waitÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦did you mean on this tour?
SW: Yea, while youÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re on tour.
DJ: oh okÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦yeaÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦wellÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦
Pouyan: We played a lot of Uno. A lot of Uno, IÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢m not even joking actually after we eat weÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re gonna go play more Uno. We play it for money, big money. I think thereÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s a fifteen dollar pot goinÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ on.
Chad: You totally ruined it for acid burn.
Pouyan: Acid burn is down!
SW: Five dollar buy in right?
Pouyan: Five dollar buy in, no! Three dollar buy in, but acid burn boned out so heÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s gonna have to do another three dollar buy in if he wants to get back in and another three dollars to buy Fist of Cuffs points. So itÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s pretty cool
SW: Pretty complex game of Uno huh?
Pouyan: No. You really havenÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t even begun to read the rules, but yea itÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s actually really cool and everyoneÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s down on it. So, hey let me show you, check this out, itÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s a cool thing we got goinÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ on here (pulls out his keys to show off a dog tag). If you can read that it says Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Coolyan. The Uno Elite.Take Action Tour.Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? The people with medallions are true players and pretty much established that you have to ask them before you play every game to ensure that their positions are secured within every game.
SW: So Uno is your favorite part of touring?
DJ: Pretty closeÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦
Pouyan: yea close. I think the bands and everyone in the bands and all the people coming out are the favorite part about touring. And then Uno is a close second, very close second.
SW: Who are some artists that you draw inspiration from?
Chad: I find it from within myself, and I try and let it out in the form of music.
DJ: Or Michael Jackson.
SW: First Michael Jackson IÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ve ever gotten.
SW: Before the bandÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s career really took off, you guys were ready to go to college. Do you ever regret not going to school?
Pouyan: Fat Chance!
Chad: Fuck school, school sucks.
Pouyan: ItÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s for losers manÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦Is this a school paper?
SW: Haha, no!
Pouyan: Ok good! I mean schoolÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s a great part but I think if youÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re really gonna follow your dream you gotta do it while you can, while youÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re bloodÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s pumping, while you donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t have a family.
Chad: You can go back to school.
Pouyan: Anytime! Anytime! No one regrets following their dreams.
SW: Well said. What would you like to accomplish as a band?
Pouyan: Go to Japan ultimately. Go to Japan number one. And then on top of that-
Chad: And get a Japan tattoo when weÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re in Japan.
Pouyan: Yea when weÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re in Japan. But ultimately I think itÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s to be, as every bandÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s dream to be, a band with longevity. You know what I mean? A band that lasts through time and make every CD better than the last, to keep making music that you like. You know that doesnÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t necessarily follow whatÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s awesome but just something that you want to hear. So I think we can all agree on that.
Chad: Except for DJ might not.
Pouyan: This guy? I donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t give a fuck about this guy dude I donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t give a shit if he likes it.
SW: Are there any shows you guys are looking forward to this year?
Pouyan: TonightÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s show for sure!
Pouyan: Oh Bamboozle!
DJ: Fucking amazing.
Pouyan: Bamboozle! Kelly Clarkson,
DJ: Every amazing bandÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦
Steve: I think, Weird Al is playing on our date.
Pouyan: SHUT UP!
Steve: HeÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s playing our date.
Pouyan: SHUT UP!
DJ: Yea manÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦
Pouyan: oh wow! Weird AlÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦
Chad: Sweet as hell.
Pouyan: Dude that was the first dude I ever really bought all his CDs. Yea like IÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢m not joking.
Pouyan: I really loved Weird Al.
DJ: It was all about him.
Pouyan: I couldnÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t get enough of him! Got his new shit.
DJ: straight out of lindwood, new album, I got it.
Pouyan: ItÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s way good.
SW: Do you guys have any crazy fan stories? Or I should say whatÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s your favorite crazy fan story?
Steve: I like when we ran those girls off the road and made them spin out on the freeway.
Chad: Ohhhh shit!
Pouyan: Oh yea! That was good.
SW: You guys ran someone off the road?
Pouyan: Hell yea we did!
DJ: They ran themselves off the road!
Chad: Yea, yea, theyÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re girls! Girls donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t know how to drive.
Pouyan: Not well unfortunately.
SW: Hey! Hey! Girl!
Chad: Sorry, most girls donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t know how to drive.
DJ: yes most, most.
Steve: Nah, all man.
Pouyan: We were having a battle with the cars throwing stuff back and forth at each other and they freaked out over a milkshake or a soda.
Steve: Yea we threw a huge fuckinÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ soda at them.
Pouyan: And they over-corrected themselves and they started spinning in circles and went off into the gutter. And then we all high-fived and kept driving!
SW: So thatÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s how Scary Kids Scaring Kids does it on the road?
Pouyan: ThatÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s how we do!
SW: What advice would you give to a band trying to make it in this industry, trying to get a record deal, trying to make it?
Pouyan: Just have a great time, know what I mean? Try to really appreciate it and donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t take yourself too seriously. Definitely donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t disrespect anyone along the way. Just make sure, I mean if youÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re a dick itÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s never gonna work. If you think youÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re better than anybody, itÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s not gonna work, just with life.
Chad: If youÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re in a band just to make a record, to get a record deal, youÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re not gonna make it. You better just cash in and give it up.
SW: What do you find unique or stands out about Scary Kids Scaring Kids opposed to all the other bands out there.
Pouyan: Man I donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t know.
Chad: You man.
DJ: This kid right here.
Pouyan: I guess itÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s just me, just me. IÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢m unique.
SW: YouÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re the unique part of the band?
Pouyan: Musically, with unbaisedness you canÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t really judge yourself and explain what makes you more unique in those terms. Just like you canÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t tell people what kind of music you are with complete certainty because you try to be original but how it comes off and how you can really describe that to people is really different. In terms of having a good time, we take our music seriously, but we donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t take ourselves seriously at all. We just have a great time on stage, we just want to have a good time. There are bands out there that want to give off this intimidating image and weÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re not those dudes. You know, weÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re there to have a great time and weÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re really serious about our music like I said, but when weÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re on stage we donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t give a fuck! We just have a good time, I think thatÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s what makes us unique.