This interview was conducted in Richmond, Virginia on December 19th, 2006 in the band’s van. I want to thank Danny and Chris for sitting down and doing the interview and being really nice dudes, even if Danny offered me weed and beer a bunch of times. Check out Heavy Heavy Low Low when they come to your area, they put on a great show.
– State your name and position in the band.
Chris: Chris Fritter, play drums.
Danny: Danny Rankin, I play guitar.
– Give a brief history of the band and the origin of the name.
Chris: WeÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ve been together for almost three years. We started as a four piece, with one guitar, one bass, one singer, one drum. We added a guitarist and singer. And then one of the singers left, and the guitarist left. Ryan and Robbie, which are our singer and guitarist now, joined. You think you can hear this?
Yeah, it picks up.
Chris: I donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t know man. We were watching As I Lay Dying and somebody came in and said Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”This band is heavy heavy low low.Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? We used the name, thought it sounded cool.
– How would you compare this tour with other tours youÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ve been on?
Chris: Uh, itÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s a lot different.
Chris: I donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t know, weÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re likeÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦. They are nice guys, everyone is really really nice, but they are a lot different then us, like what they are used to. WeÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re pretty young, a lot of the other bands are a lot older then us.
Danny: Next tour is going to be badass though.
Who are you guys going out with?
Danny: Fear Before and Thursday and Murder By Death.
– What makes your live show different than other bands?
Danny: I donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t know, when we play, we just give it our all. We give it all our energy and just have fun. We get into the music, I guess, and rock out.
A lot of bands just stand there and donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t get into it.
Danny: Yeah, when I watch a band like that, I canÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t get into it as much if they arenÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t getting into it.
Yeah, if itÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s their music and they are not into it, then how can you get into it yourself.
Chris: I rather have a band be out of tuned and move around, then a shit time.
Danny: If you want crispiness, then you can listen to a CD if you want.
– What is the strangest thing that has happened at one of your shows?
Danny: Every night.
Chris: Every night is crazy.
Danny: Nothing really strange this tourÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦
Chris: WeÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ve gotten arrested.
Danny: Yeah, we got arrested.
Chris: We were at a hotel with another band, Blackout Pact, just too many people. Our fill in bassist, at the time Patrick, fell asleep naked in the hallway.
Danny: We were all blacked out on Valium.
Chris: Yeah, we got arrested, basically in Indiana. It was on like ABC Worldwide News or something. Every night is crazy dude.
Any other stories?
Danny: IÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢m trying to think, I canÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t even think right now.
Chris: So manyÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦.
Danny: Yeah, so manyÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦
Chris: Um, losing shit all the time, like keys.
Danny: Yeah, that is a good story, we lost keys.
Chris: In New York City, we lost keys at 3 in the morning.
Danny: Oh, and we got towed and shit.
Chris: No no, different time. Well, IÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ll think of some shit and tell you.
– How has been the feedback off the new record and how do you feel about the results?
Chris: Really good. Kids donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t understand that like, itÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s not the Heavy Heavy Low Low now. Like released, because a lot of the stuff is older. I think a new release will show our current stand, I donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t know. I donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t know, itÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s just kind of like the past put into one CD. We are going to record in winter of Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‹Å“08, that is all I know for now.
– Well the next questions was if you guys have any plans to record new material.
Chris: Yeah, yeah. We are actually planning on re-releasing our Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Fuck itÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? EP in June. It will have two covers on there. WeÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re thinking Third Eye Blind Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”GraduateÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? and CardiganÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”LovefoolÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?. And that is what we will have on that.
Danny: Yeah, that should be pretty soon.
Chris: Yeah, that will come out in June.
– What are some of the best and worst moments of 2006?
Chris: This is Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‹Å“06 right?
Chris: I didnÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t like Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‹Å“06 at all.
Danny: I had fun.
It was alright.
Chris: A lot of girl problems dude.
Danny: I saw a lot of tits in Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‹Å“06.
Chris: Yeah, we saw a lot of tits.
ThatÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s always good.
Danny: Yeah, it was awesome.
– What are some rumors youÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ve hard circulating about the band?
Danny: There is a whole bunch. Shitting on peopleÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦
Chris: I heard that we raped this girl, we shit on her, tied her down. IÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ve never really, shit on a girl.
Danny: If it came down to it, I might. But until I do, people shouldnÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t say that.
Chris: We got in trouble for stealing shit, which we have gotten blamed for. Venues blame us; we are just the young band that gets blamed. Like, our average age is 20.
Yeah, no matter what happens, people always blame the young people.
Danny: WeÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re always fucking drinking and smoking, just having fun, you know?
Yeah, and then everyone sees that and are like Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Well, they are stealing shit and everything.Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?
Chris: For sure dude.
– What was one moment when you wished you were never in a band?
Danny: When we got arrested.
Chris: I donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t know, it sucks fighting, like arguing sucks. I donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t know. Girls will fucking screw you over.
Danny: You hate girls man.
Chris: Yeah, I hate girls right now dude. I mean, IÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ll fuck some girls, hit them up. ThatÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s all IÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢m going to say.
– If you could have a guest appearance on the next record from anyone from any genre, who would it be and why?
Chris: Mark Hoppus from Blink 182.
Danny: ThatÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ll be pretty rad.
Chris: Yeah, IÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ve been thinking about that.
Haha, you had it all set up already.
Chris: Haha, yeah.
Danny: Does he sing or do bass?
Chris: He sings and bass.
Danny: Yeah, heÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s way better than the other one.
Danny: Cock and Ball Torture singer.
Chris: Dave will probably do some shit like before, probably do something on there.
Danny: Yeah, that will be awesome.
Chris: There is talk ofÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦.Robbie still wants the Fall of Troy singer, Thomas.
Yeah, I did an interview with Andrew.
Danny: Oh, the drummer?
Chris: Yeah, an amazing dude.
They were here earlier this year.
Chris: Shit, for straight dude.
Yeah, they are coming back here pretty soon.
Chris: Yeah, with their friends, Tera Melos. You have to go check those guys out.
Danny: No way, theyÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re touring with Tera Melos?
Chris: Yeah dude.
Danny: So awesome.
– If you found out that tonight was your last show, what would you do to make it memorable?
Chris: Just drink man and drink. I donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t know.
Danny: Spray cum on the crowd and kill myself.
Haha, that is one way to go.
Chris: I donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t know, I like to light shit on fire. We for sure break everything, like every single thing.
Danny: All the bandsÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ equipment.
Chris: WeÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ve done it before. We gotÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦.ahh, that is such a good story man. We got kicked out of a venue in Arizona because we broke our equipment, we broke all our gear and snapped our drums in half. We were pretty, we were under the influence right. We werenÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t being disrespectful to them, but we just brought our shit.
So, they kicked you out for breaking your own equipment?
Chris: Yeah, they threw all of our stuff outside. And these crews were going to beat us up or something.
– What is the biggest issue you see facing the music industry?
Chris: I think record labels are going downhill and all the indie labels are coming up. Majors are dead. I think, personally. And the indie bands are the ones that are keeping them alive, you know what I mean? Um, I donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t know what is next, but something is next, like in the genre.
Yeah, I was talking to someone about how there have been different eras, like a new band emerges with a new genre. I was trying to think about what is next, what is coming after all this stuff.
Chris: Yeah, I think personality is going to be the biggest part in the next big band. You know what I mean? Yeah, thatÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s that.
– If the band decided to pursue a rap career, what would be some of the name of the songs and what would they be about?
Chris: Yeah, we rap everyday.
Danny: We flow a lot.
Chris: Yeah, we flow a lot.
Danny: About dicks a bitches.
Chris: We actually do have rap crew. Danny?
Danny: Which one? Vagina Terror?
Chris: Yeah, tell him about all of them.
Danny: Um Vagina Terror. I have a song called Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Fat BitchesÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?. ItÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s about my love forÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦
Chris: Fat bitchesÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦
Danny:Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦my love for having sex with fat bitches.
Chris: It tastes so good. WhatÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s the link to the myspace?
Danny: ItÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s uhÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦.fuck, I donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t even know anymore. We have a few rap crews, we actually have one coming out and when it does, itÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ll get huge and youÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ll remember it.
Chris: We like to flow man.
Yeah, a friend and I are starting a rap group and where we make fun of the typical rap song where it all repeats.
Danny: Haha, yeah.
We have a song called Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”You donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t know my dadÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?, we are going to record it and put it out there.
Chris: Haha, for sure dude.
– What are some things you want to get accomplished in 2007?
Chris: We have a lot of touring plans for 2007. We got that Thursday, Murder by Death, Fear Before tour. And then probably Warped Tour. There is talk about Poison the Well and HORSE the band. Norma Jean maybe, I donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t know. WeÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re just talking about that stuff. Just tour and keep posi dude.
Danny: Fuck yeah.
– Anything else you want the readers to know?
Chris: If you can write anything about smoking weed, I donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t know. We like to smoke weed. I donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t know if itÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s your thing or not.
No, itÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s cool.
Danny: Are you typing it out, is it going to be online?
Yeah, IÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ll type this out and put it online.
Chris: Yeah, smoke weed. What else Danny?
Danny: Eat pussy, drink beer.
Chris: Be respectful.
Danny: Haha, respect women. Love your parents.
Chris: Happy Holidays man. Hell yeah.