Stop the world

By JONATHAN PERRY  |  May 17, 2006

JP: Is that something you’ve wanted to explore for a while?
SC: Every so often I’m in the mood to not listen to anybody’s point of view or story. I just want to hear some music. I know that part of being a band is that you have to write songs and put words on there and get it out. But sometimes, as a musician I feel like I don’t have shit to say, and I just want to play.

JP: Are you surprised at the upward momentum of the past couple of years? What’s it felt like from the inside?
SC: It’s been totally chaotic, and that’s what I totally expected. (laughs)
JG: It’s been really all over the place for us. It has been getting bigger or better, but for instance, we’re playing with Matisyahu [at the Best Music Poll concert] and we think, “Great, that’ll be a sweet show!” But the reality is that the minute we get off stage we’ve got to get immediately in the van and drive to the next night’s show in Chicago. You get these opportunities, but then your life is even more crazy.
JB: It’s hard to gauge when you’re in it. People on the outside can see us getting bigger as a band, and I guess we are compared to where we were last year. But it’s hard to tell being inside of it, and unlike other bands, we’re not trying to break into a scene or anything.
SC: As far as measuring success goes, we’re not the Red Sox. If we told everyone we were idiots, they’d still believe us! (laughs)

JP: Has it become easier or more difficult to do things your own way, and maintain the idiosyncratic, highly individual identity that first got you noticed, as you’ve tried to reach a broader audience?
JG: We haven’t been faced with anyone trying to tell us to tone it down, or dictate what we should be doing. But I have noticed that with a band like the Flaming Lips, there was a period of two or three years where they were playing the exact same show. It was stupendous, but they had to play it for so many people night after night that they couldn’t just change up their show.
SC: But it’s not like we’ve had some big break where a bunch of dudes in ties came in and said, “That’s too silly, you can’t do that!” Everything has been so organic and there’s never been any pressure to do anything other than exactly what we want. The only question is, what do we want to do next?

JP: Is Apollo Sunshine the kind of band you envisioned being in when you were younger?
JB: I suppose so, because all the influences I would ever want to get out in my music can come out in this band. None of us are restricted, and whatever we want to throw in the mix is what we do.

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