BULLETT: You’ve said that your music has a cinematic feel. Explain?
Zane: All of us grew up enjoying films. I remember watching American History X at Jon’s place—he’s always been a film connoisseur, especially when it involves bigotry.
Reeve: I would say we all like films a lot. Not me, though.
Jon: And bigotry!
Reeve: I think all forms of art inspire one another. A lot of actors listen to music before they do an emotional scene. We just find a lot of inspiration in films and visual images. That might be an oxymoron…
Aiden: Recently, we’ve had a couple of songs that have been on film and TV. Our song was on a Machete trailer and some random shows. Anyway, we’re kind of a big deal…
Zane: In BULLETT [Spring issue], there was an article on synesthesia. Reeve’s kind of synesthetic. You do hear something when you see something visually, so I think that’s part of it.
Reeve: I guess we’re just hoping that people see something when they hear the music. It’s nice to form pictures through auditory senses.
You draw a lot of inspiration from classic rock. What do you see as the thing setting you apart from your idols?
Zane: The funny thing is that classic rock isn’t really a huge influence of ours, but a lot of people see that. I think that we have been influenced by a lot of music that the classic rock people were influenced by. Old blues music, old jazz, classical things—the first time I saw the Led Zeppelin Royal Albert Hall concert DVD, I thought, yeah, this makes sense to me—it was one of the first times I’d ever seen a video like that, and that was like, four years ago. So we get compared to bands like that, but I think that we might just like the same root music they like.
Reeve: We love rhythm and blues. [Aiden] turned me on to that D’Angelo album Voodoo seven or eight years ago—I loved that. I guess there are kind of two types of music: there’s good music and bad music. There is good music in every genre. You can listen to a lot of different styles—classical, jazz, blues, rock, Indian… Obviously [Aiden] listens to country-western music.
Aiden: I don’t know what to say about that.
Zane: The hat gives it away. And the plaid.
If you could go back in time for one night, which band would you see and why?
Reeve: Jimi Hendrix. I imagine it being so magnificent—I imagine his presence expanding beyond his body. I’ve seen it with Jack White. That’s the only person I’ve ever seen that happen with. I imagine that Hendrix could have possibly even taken that to a different level.
Zane: I’ve always wished that I could see Wes Montgomery play live. Once per year, I get depressed that he’s dead. He’s this jazz guitar player—passed away in ’67. He’s my favorite guitar player—I have every recording he’s ever been on, from his Freddy Hubbard stuff to Lionel Hampton to all these different things he did. Solo stuff—every single recording is just unbelievable. So I’m betting that live, it would be killer. But he’s dead.
Jon: I think for me it would be Nirvana. That was one of the biggest inspirations for me growing up—some of the first songs I learned on guitar.
Aiden: If I could go back in time and see a band live, I would see LCD Soundsystem.
What are you guys reading?
Reeve: I’m actually reading a really good book right now called A Matter of Degree. It’s the story of the Hartford Circus fire of 1944—the Barnum and Bailey circus. My friend actually wrote it. Don Massey.
Zane: A Hardboiled Wonderland and The End of the World by Haruki Murakami. That makes me sound smart.
Reeve: Also, we’re reading Keith Richard’s biography.
Reeve: I bought it for [Zane] for Christmas three months late, and now we read it together.
Aiden: I’ve been re-reading the People’s History of the United States. Howard Zinn.
Reeve: That’s totally your sort of thing to read.
Aiden: It’s a total high school read, but it’s good.
Jon: I would like to answer that question, but it’s going to be embarrassing for everybody.
Zane: Karma Sutra again? You always read that! It’s a picture book!
Jon: I’m not reading anything right now, but the last book I read was called The Five Languages of Love.
Zane: Which one is yours? Physical Touch, I assume.
Jon: Physical Touch and Acts of Service. But I like Quality Time…
Reeve: Let’s list all five love languages for our readers—
Jon: Physical Touch, Quality Time, Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, and Gifts Given.
Zane: If you speak a different language to your partner, they’re gonna get angry. Don’t do that.
Aiden: You don’t give a lot of gifts. Maybe you should work on that.
Reeve: This is where most relationships go south—they haven’t read the book. If you read The Five Languages of Love, anything is possible.
Zane: I wish my last eight girlfriends had read that book.
Aiden: Sixty percent of the time it works every time.
Jon: You just made that up.
If your music was a color and shape, what would it be?
Zane: Reeve, take this.
Reeve: Primarily purple. And green. It would be round and pulsating. Sometimes there would be more purple, sometimes more green.
Jon: Oh, I am reading a book! I forgot! Blink. Malcolm Gladwell.
Jon: It’s about unconscious archiving. How your brain processes things. Mine doesn’t, which is why I’m reading the book.
Aiden: Is he the one who says if you do something for 10,000 hours, you’ll master it?
Zane: Can I invent a question? What is everyone in the band a master at? For 10,000 hours?
Aiden: I’m just saying, if you’ve done it for 10,000 hours and you’re still not a master, something’s wrong.
Jon: I would say walking. Maybe breathing.
Zane: That’s involuntary action, so trick answer. You can’t give that answer.
Aiden: I’ll tell you what I’m bad at: sleep.
Reeve: I’m pretty darn good at eating.