Jen: Tell me about the difference between playing in the daytime versus
Brandon: I can't be as scary as I normally am.
Mike: None of us can be. You see, during the daytime, we all
look like a bunch of sissies. At night, we turn into big, angry,
Brandon: I'm just kidding. I actually like playing in the daytime.
It lets me breathe oxygen rather than sultried air mixed with cigarette
Chris: I like night. I'm like a technical fiend. I like
to see all my lights and turntables and find points on the record.
I have these lights that tell me different points in the record and in
the daylight when the sun's out it's hard to see.
Mike: Yeah, same with me. My guitar effects pedals and stuff
I can't see. I can't see my tuner to tune my guitar up. It's
tough. There are certain obstacles you have to overcome when playing
during the day. But playing during the daytime is really fun.
There's usually a good vibe.
Chris: It has a barbecue-ish vibe.
Brandon: And the sound is usually better.
Jen: Are you playing club shows on the nights off?
Brandon: Just two so far. One was in Des Moines, the other was
in Norfolk. We played with System of a Down and Snot in Des Monies,
and Soulfly in Norfolk.
Dave: Did you know those bands before you played Ozzfest?
Mike: We knew Snot. We've known Snot for a long time. I
was aware of System of a Down but we'd never toured with them or really
met any of them or anything like that. But they're a great band and
really nice guys, too.
Jose: And Soulfly...actually. We met them in Europe when we were
doing the Dynamo festival in Holland. But this is the first time
we've actually done a show with them.
Jen: How does this compare to the festivals in Europe?
Mike: It's different. It's very different. Different types
Brandon: Each have their qualities that are uniquely amazing but I
say for me, I prefer European festivals because the kids are just so much
more ready to freak out and lose their heads to music as the kids are here.
Kids in America almost want to be impressed more. I'm probably the
same way. Jaded. Because all of the American bands go to Europe
and the kids freak out and pushes the band to different levels because
you're seeing thousands of people.
Chris: They're not afraid to not be cool in Europe. They just
do whatever. Here they'll look at their friends and say, "Should
I do that?"
Jen: What does S.C.I.E.N.C.E. stand for?
Brandon: Sailing Catamarans Is Every Nautical Captain's Ecstasy.
Brandon: Or Social Chronology Includes Everyone: Neanderthals,
Mike: Southern California's Incubus Enters Nevada Carrying Equipment.
Brandon: Sometimes we just sit around and come up with these for laughs.
In other words, there's not just one meeting, it's just food for thought.
Jen: What do you guys do to pass the time during drives between shows?
Chris: Tekken 3. We've already mastered Tekken 3. Collectively
as a band, we can take anybody out! That's not the only thing we
do. We do push-ups, ab-rolls....
Mike: Yeah, you walk in hear and you hear a lot of grunting and "Yeah,
do another one!" Physical fitness. We have a lot of really
bad 80's movies, "Better off Dead", "Commando"...
Chris: "Karate Kid" yo!
Brandon: We also like to read as a collective. Usually one of
Mike: There's school time when we all read. There's color time
when we all do projects....
Jose: We have satellite tv. We were actually lucky enough to
watch the World Cup.
Brandon: We have Rice Crispies!
Dave: Speaking of food, what's the worst bus food you've had so far?
Mike: Actually the catering on this tour is pretty good....
Brandon: Well, we were on the Warped tour for awhile, and they had
like hot dogs, and that's it. And I don't eat meat. So there's
like nothing for me so I went hungry for like three days.
Mike: Man, being vegetarian. That's not punk at all. It
used to be. But not now.
Jen: How does Ozzfest compare to Warped?
Mike: No comparison. Blows it away.
Brandon: This tour is awesome.
Jose: The bands don't conflict with each other on this tour.
Like on the Warped tour, you have a bunch of bands facing each other, playing
at the same time. For this, the bands never overlap one another and
it just seems very tight and organized.
Mike: The difference between the Warped Tour and Ozzfest is like the
difference between the kiddie pool versus like the big, crazy high-dive
Brandon: There's cool people on the Warped Tour, though...
Jen: What's happening after Ozzfest for Incubus?
Brandon: Soulfly. Going out with Soulfly for two weeks.
Soulfly and System of a Down.
Mike: Maybe take a week off and then start a headline tour across the