Scary Kids Scaring Kids Interview – February 7th, 2007

Scary Kids Scaring Kids
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. Itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s pretty damn good to go if you ask me. Weâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢ve got a few more songs that need some work and here and there weâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢re gonna change some parts around but essentially itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s all ready to go and weâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢re gonna have it out mid summer and to get a taste of it weâ┚¬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 weâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢re all about you know? Come feel the freshness baby! Thatâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s what weâ┚¬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! Weâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢ve been to the UK, and then Canada, but that doesnâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t really count becauseâ┚¬Ã‚¦where is fuckin? Fuckinâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢ bitch? Where is she? A friend of ours, she asked us to call her that, thatâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s actually her nickname. Yea but sheâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s from Canada and I was gonna talk a lot of shit on Canada, but itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s actually a really cool place, so it doesnâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t make sense to talk shit if sheâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s not around.
DJ: Yea I like Canada
Pouyan: I love Canada! Itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s beautiful, fun to make fun of though.
Chad: Yeah!
Pouyan: So funâ┚¬Ã‚¦ So amazing!
SW: And-
Pouyan: Nothing!
SW: So You-
Pouyan: Just Great!

SW: So I know this isnâ┚¬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 sayâ┚¬Ã‚¦
Chad: Welcome to the Brodeo
Pouyan: Itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s like we allâ┚¬Ã‚¦well basically the planning for the tour was basically the booking agents saying â┚¬Ã…”get ready to meet at dusk.â┚¬? 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? Thatâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s a metaphorâ┚¬Ã‚¦
SW: I got it, I got it.
Pouyan: I mean agents didnâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t really, thatâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s not really how tours are set up but itâ┚¬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 07â┚¬Ã¢”ž¢ this year?
Pouyan: Yea, we plan on it. I think we actually have it set for the first month of Warped tour, weâ┚¬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?
Pouyan: Uno.
DJ: Guitar Hero!
Pouyan: When did play Guitar Hero on this tour?
DJ: waitâ┚¬Ã‚¦did you mean on this tour?
SW: Yea, while youâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢re on tour.
DJ: oh okâ┚¬Ã‚¦yeaâ┚¬Ã‚¦wellâ┚¬Ã‚¦
Pouyan: We played a lot of Uno. A lot of Uno, Iâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢m not even joking actually after we eat weâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢re gonna go play more Uno. We play it for money, big money. I think thereâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s a fifteen dollar pot goinâ┚¬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 heâ┚¬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 itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s pretty cool
SW: Pretty complex game of Uno huh?
Pouyan: No. You really havenâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t even begun to read the rules, but yea itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s actually really cool and everyoneâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s down on it. So, hey let me show you, check this out, itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s a cool thing we got goinâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢ on here (pulls out his keys to show off a dog tag). If you can read that it says â┚¬Ã…”Coolyan. The Uno Elite.Take Action Tour.â┚¬? 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 closeâ┚¬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 Iâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢ve ever gotten.
Pouyan: Undoubtedly.

SW: Before the bandâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s career really took off, you guys were ready to go to college. Do you ever regret not going to school?
DJ: No!
Pouyan: Fat Chance!
Chad: Fuck school, school sucks.
Pouyan: Itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s for losers manâ┚¬Ã‚¦Is this a school paper?
SW: Haha, no!
Pouyan: Ok good! I mean schoolâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s a great part but I think if youâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢re really gonna follow your dream you gotta do it while you can, while youâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢re bloodâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s pumping, while you donâ┚¬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 weâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢re in Japan.
Pouyan: Yea when weâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢re in Japan. But ultimately I think itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s to be, as every bandâ┚¬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 doesnâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t necessarily follow whatâ┚¬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 donâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t give a fuck about this guy dude I donâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t give a shit if he likes it.

SW: Are there any shows you guys are looking forward to this year?
Pouyan: Tonightâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s show for sure!
Steve: Bamboozle
Pouyan: Oh Bamboozle!
DJ: Fucking amazing.
Pouyan: Bamboozle! Kelly Clarkson,
DJ: Every amazing bandâ┚¬Ã‚¦
Steve: I think, Weird Al is playing on our date.
Pouyan: SHUT UP!
Steve: Heâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s playing our date.
Pouyan: SHUT UP!
DJ: Yea manâ┚¬Ã‚¦
Pouyan: oh wow! Weird Alâ┚¬Ã‚¦
Chad: Sweet as hell.
Pouyan: Dude that was the first dude I ever really bought all his CDs. Yea like Iâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢m not joking.
DJ: Weirdâ┚¬Ã‚¦
Pouyan: I really loved Weird Al.
DJ: It was all about him.
Pouyan: I couldnâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t get enough of him! Got his new shit.
DJ: straight out of lindwood, new album, I got it.
Pouyan: Itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s way good.

SW: Do you guys have any crazy fan stories? Or I should say whatâ┚¬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, theyâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢re girls! Girls donâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t know how to drive.
Pouyan: Not well unfortunately.
SW: Hey! Hey! Girl!
Chad: Sorry, most girls donâ┚¬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 fuckinâ┚¬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 thatâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s how Scary Kids Scaring Kids does it on the road?
Pouyan: Thatâ┚¬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 donâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t take yourself too seriously. Definitely donâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t disrespect anyone along the way. Just make sure, I mean if youâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢re a dick itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s never gonna work. If you think youâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢re better than anybody, itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s not gonna work, just with life.
Chad: If youâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢re in a band just to make a record, to get a record deal, youâ┚¬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 donâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t know.
Chad: You man.
DJ: This kid right here.
Pouyan: I guess itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s just me, just me. Iâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢m unique.
SW: Youâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢re the unique part of the band?
Pouyan: Musically, with unbaisedness you canâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t really judge yourself and explain what makes you more unique in those terms. Just like you canâ┚¬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 donâ┚¬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 weâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢re not those dudes. You know, weâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢re there to have a great time and weâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢re really serious about our music like I said, but when weâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢re on stage we donâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t give a fuck! We just have a good time, I think thatâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s what makes us unique.

Checkout Scary Kids Scaring Kids this spring on the Take Action Tour with Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and A Static Lullaby.


  1. says

    Ha! Those guys are so cute. I love bands that are, like they said up there, just ultimately having a party with the music. If they get too serious, the music starts to sound like they’re cloning it.

  2. William says

    These guys are the freaking best in the china!
    Anyway, seriously they are awesome and I love their style and music. *two thumbs up*

  3. elizabeth says

    these guys are amazing….i only just discovered them 3 months ago but now i listen to them and nothing else but AFI. they kick ass pertty much

  4. Dawn says

    I love this band! I found out about them when they spoke up against KFC torturing animals. Nice.

  5. mia says

    baha i love how much pouyan talks.
    this interview is so scary kids.
    i’m sitting in a school resource center, laughing to myself.
    they’re so funny.

  6. Kaydee says

    Oh wooow, haha. Their music is amazing. You should give it a listen (:. I love you Chad!

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