"We`re just trying to milk this thing as long as we
Suiciderock: You just toured in the US
and now you started to tour in Europe. Is there any difference between the US
audience and the European audience?
Jesse: There is usually a bigger audience. The European
audience has been always good for us. I really like to play in Europe. They are
very enthusiastic. For example tonight we have this barricade infront of the
stage but normally we don’t. In the US you always have this barricades infront
of the stage. I
like it pretty much if it’s not there.
Suiciderock: Can you decide wether you want a barricade or not
or does the venue fell the decision for you?
Jesse: It’s usually the policy of the club. It’s all about
liability and that kind of stuff.
Suiciderock: For this show you have „A
Wilhelm Scream“ as support band and as I know you choose your support band by
yourself. Which criteria are important at this point and what is the story
behind „A Wilhelm Scream“? Or did the recordcomapany decide this
Jesse: We usually decide the
bands. They were actually suggested to us by the presenter of our tour, but they
are a great band: We are getting arround pretty well.
Suiciderock: So, you’ve seen
Jesse: I have never seen them
before this tour. I heard them but I never seen them live. They are really
Suiciderock: You get around a lot. What
impressed you the most and what depressed you the most?
impressed me the most is when we go somewhere and there is water in some box...
(laughs). That’s amazing; fine German technology.
Suiciderock: I didn’t know you don’t
have it in the Staates, ‘cause normally if we get something in Germany you
already have it in the Staates.
Jesse: Yeah, I’m just jelous. They never figgured out to
get some water in the box...
Suiciderock: Now you can go back then and say you invented
Jesse: That’s true. I
will make a fortune...
Suiciderock: ...and the most depressing
Jesse: The most depressing
thing is just beeing away from home for such a long time.
Suiciderock: The band was formed in
1990. Remember your early days. What would you say, changed in the
Jesse: Well, people
actually come to see us play now. That’s nice and I’m still learning how to
play, but I play a little bit better than I did back than. I couldn’t play at
all, when we started with the band. I didn’t know since that we grew older and
fatter and we need more sleep. Anything to add? (looks at Chris, who just
entered the room).
Suiciderock: You are still compared to
NOFX by the media. Does this botter you?
Jesse: Ehm.. I think I kind of get used to it. No, we toured together a lot. And all of
our songs... You know I guess I can see where this comparism comes
guess your first tour was with NOFX?
Jesse: Yes, our first European tour. We did like 9 shows in
Suiciderock: You can see people wearing
your t-shirts on so many festivals even if you don`t play there. . I read that
someone claimed your shirts would be more known than the band itself... First of
all, do you think it`s true. And if that`s true is it a problem for you?
Jesse: Probably yeah
(laughs). There was this reviewer in Germany. We couldn’t really understand
because it was in German, but the only thing we understood was „Lagwagon the
T-Shirt band“. So I guess we are the T-Shirt band, yeah. But now we are known as
something else: „The box water band.“
Suiciderock: Your latest album „Live in
a Dive“ is a live album, which has been recorded at the House of Blues in New
York. How comes that you made a live album and how was it for u to record an
album infront of the audience? Have you been nervous?
Jesse: A little bit, because we knew if we mess up it’s gonna be
on the record. That was a little bit nervewrecking but ok. The crowd was really
you record it in one night?
No, we did it in two nights. So if something goes really bad we had the chance
to take it from the other day.
Suiciderock: The album cover is really unusually contrary to
other cover artwork of different bands. You painted a comic story for that. Who
had the idea for that and where did u take the inspiration from?
Jesse: You know fat records
have the „Live in a dive“ series and every album has a different comic on it. In
the 50’s we had a lot of Horror Comics in the US like „Tales from the cript“ and
stuff like that. It’s based on that.
Suiciderock: It’s a good idea.
Jesse: Oh, thank you.
Suiciderock: Your latest album has been
released one year ago. Have you already planned another album and when are you
planning to hit the studio again?
Jesse: Yeah, we planned to release an album last November.
That’s our big plan.
Suiciderock: Almost everyone of you has
his own family now. How do you handle it when you are on tour with your family?
Are they coming with you or do they stay at home?
Chris: Chris doesn’t...
Jesse: The rest of us is married and Joey has a kid. We
take them with us sometimes. But usually they are at home. They are the
responsable parts of our relationships. Do you know what you call a musician
without a girlfriend?
Jesse: homeless... Yeah they keep things ok (laughs). Oh that
sounds bad... That’s not their only function...
Suiciderock: Now you’re 16 years older
since you formed the band. How would you describe this 16 years?
Jesse: A big
hazy blur. I guess next August I will have spent half of my live in this band. I
don’t know if that’s good or just really really depressing.
The door opens...
Jesse: This is
Suiciderock: Which future plans does
Jesse: We`re just
trying to milk this thing as long as we can.
Dave: That’s a future plan...
Jesse: We just have to see what happens. We never really
think too much. We just gonna live day by day.
Suiciderock: That’s it. Thank you very
Jesse & Chris: Thank