a brief dry spell at Bath & West's NASS Festival
Marc Managed to get Steve Jocz and Jason "Cone"
McCaslin from Sum 41 for a quick 5 minute interview.
have you guys seen many of the bands at NASS this
Steve: We haven't seen much of anything at NASS.
We got up we went into our dressing room then
came in here. So we haven't seen a whole lot of
Steve: Were missing it all, but we can hear it.
Cone: Sounds great.
Steve: Sounds amazing, they're really doing a
good job. We just don't know who it is.
did your last studio album, "Screaming Bloody
Murder", with a four year gap from "Underclass
Hero", was that frustrating with the delays?
Steve: No, I mean it was almost deliberate in
a way because we weren't ready to do an album,
we didn't want to rush it. We didn't really have
a deadline, well the label gave us one but we
didn't pay attention to it, and they gave us another
one and we didn't pay attention to that one either.
It took as long as it took, it was fun to make.
We just wanted it to come naturally.
you found having to cancel a lot of dates recently
due to the accident frustrating?
Steve: Yea it's a bummer obviously, we love playing
and having to cancel sucks. Now we're back we're
looking forward to coming back and playing more
shows. We're talking about coming back and doing
a tour of the UK.
better weather than this.
Steve: No there isn't, don't lie to me this is
as nice as it gets. And it's absolutely gorgeous.
you finding it a lot harder to pick a set list
now a days with a lot more material?
on that question
Cone: Actually yea, we've been practising a lot
of older songs actually. As "Screaming Bloody
Murder" has been out for over a year now
we still want to play a few songs off that but
a lot of people want to hear old songs so we've
been practising a few of those and have added
those in. It's kinda tough when you get limited
to a 50 or 45 minutes, kinda tough to make a set
list outa that. But when we do our headlining
shows we play an hour and a half so we do a lot
you find it harder with festivals, particularly
with the bigger festivals where people don't necessarily
know all your stuff that well and want to hear
the songs they see on Kerrang?
Cone: We play all of our singles anyway so doesn't
really matter. No I think festivals are a good
time for that type of thing, people who haven't
seen your band before it's a good time to win
them over and get them into your band.
where do you hope to be at the end of this year,
any big plans? You said you were talking about
touring the UK.
Steve: We're just trying to tour this is the 2nd
show of a 5 week tour. I don't know where were going
to be but I think the plan is just to tour.
your opinion on the digital revelation and how
it affects the music business?
Steve: Well I think it's good in some respects
and a bad thing in other respects. I don't think
stealing music should happen obviously. It's great
you can get music out there, and use Facebook,
Twitter and MySpace if you still use that one.
That's a great way to interact with your fans
directly. You can record at home on an NBOX of
shoot stuff on your phone an upload that. It's
just so easy now which is ultimately great.
of bands now like Yellowcard have recorded their
album and steamed live from the studio.
Steve: Yea, we did that 3, 4, 5 years ago when
we did "Underclass Hero" we played the
whole recode live on the internet right when it
came out. so things like that you can do, and
Cone: About 10 years ago everyone use to rely
on radio and MTV and all that stuff to get music
heard. now it's all web based, you don't have
to have a radio single to get heard so it's better
for a lot of bands.
Steve: I think it's a good thing in general. overall,
there are some negative bits but that's just the
transition, there's always going to be bad but
there's so much good there I think its great.
is our last question and we ask every band this,
would you rather be a giraffe or a zebra?
Steve: I'd like be a giraffe, because a zebra
you get lost, the whole idea of zebra stripes
it that when they group together there just a
giant thing that a lion doesn't know what it so
it doesn't attack it so you're just part of the
pack. A giraffe you're off on your own all proud
long neck all like hey I'm going to eat my tree,
you piss off lion.
Interview by Marc Rich