1. How did you get your band name?
Honestly, picking a name was pretty frustrating. Poem and book names seem to be reused by bands quite a bit, so we decided to completely make up an original moniker. Justin actually came up with the name while we were heading to the local music store exactly 4 years ago. 'A HERO A FAKE’ characterizes human nature and the dichotomy between opposing viewpoints on good vs. evil. More than an observation regarding the relative nature of human bias, it also is refers to the inner struggle each person faces and the absence of absolute answers.
2. How did this band get started?
Justin, Eric, and Alex met at Olympic High in Charlotte, NC. They started the band in the fall of 2004 during their senior year and recorded two EP’s shortly following. Justin and Eric began attending the University of North Carolina the following year while still making weekend trips to play with the band. Jeffers and Matt joined in 2006 after acquiring a new drummer, Peter. A third EP was released at the end of 2006 with this lineup. Eventually Peter parted ways and Tim joined July 2007 to complete our current lineup. The following fall was spent making trips from Chapel Hill to Charlotte to write our first full length “VOLATILE”. After self-financing the album’s recording cost we sent out the finished songs to a handful of labels and eventually got a call from VICTORY RECORDS.
3. What bands are you influenced by?
Bands that take chances.
4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would it be and why?
I would have loved to tour with Beloved and Hopesfall. –Eric
Dale Earnhardt because he’s a fast mofo. –Matt
Led Zeppelin because they had a huge influence on the progression of rock music. -Alex
DMX because ARF ARF ARF!!! -Justin
5. If you were a furry, what animal would you be? Why that animal?
I’d be a bear so I could eat Eric’s face off. –Justin
A mammoth to stomp out Justin. –Eric
A wildebeest because Planet Earth taught me that they can stand still in blizzards. Also they have grizzly beards. –Matt
El Rey León - Alex
6. Why should people listen to your band?
It’s fun and beautiful. - Justin
Because we worked extremely hard to get our record out. –Eric
One should support progressive original music. – Matt
7. If you were chosen to be in Guitar Hero/Rock Band, what song would you want in the game? How hard do you think it would be to five-star on expert?
Interlude #2 because Justin isn’t in it. –Eric
I Know I -Justin
They would be impossible to get five-star on expert because we have 3 guitars. Maybe Rock Band 3.
8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
The people that selected us to win, Jamie King, everyone else in the band and Tony Brumel. –Justin
9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
Free cigarettes for getting signed. -Matt
Make it easier for alternative music to get heard. -Eric
More friendly (and less competitive) attitudes among bands. - Justin
10. Memorable tour experience?
Alex got slapped with a frozen dildo.
Justin pooped in an ice machine.
Alex had dead goose fetus all over his van.
Matt drank Justin’s urine, however he thought it was whisky.
We got our friends laid, because the girls thought it was us.
11. What does AP.net mean to you?
Represents the pinnacle of music zines. As far as I’m concerned the bands I’m interested in are all interviewed, reviewed and discussed in AP. –Justin
12. What is your favorite song to play?
It’s tough for me to say at the moment. We are currently working on our new album so I’ve been enjoying the creative process of trying all sorts of different things. Of our completed songs I def enjoy the song Í Know I’, it really brings out a lot of powerful emotions for me personally. –Justin
F-16, because its high energy and fast. -Eric
13. What is your vacation spot of choice?
I’m a fan of the tropics in general. I love clear oceans filled with colorful fish. I think Hawaii wins my vote. –Justin Ashville, NC because of the Food Lion skate park. –Matt
Miami, because my peeps are there. -Alex
14. What music reminds you of your childhood?
Kenny G. My mom used to play it in my bedroom to make me go to sleep. –Justin
Fastball and Tonic – Eric
Classical and oldie Italian music –Alex
Led Zeppelin –Matt
System of a Down -Jeffers
15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?
To fly. I’ve always dreamed of being able to fly, I have lucid dreams about it. – Justin
I would be a Jumper because I’d like to drop Samuel L. Jackson off on Seal Island in South Africa. -Eric
Talk to plants. –Matt
To fly, so I can copy Justin. -Alex
16. Do you feel that your band has "made it"?
I’m so happy that we are in the position that we are and can only hope for continued success. –Justin
We’ve made it farther than I could of hoped. However, I still think we have a long way to go to really be a successful band.
17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
I’m an economist. –Justin
I’m a physicist. -Eric
I’m a botanist. –Matt
I used to be Lenin -Alex
18. What's your favorite holiday?
Valentine’s Day, I like getting Valentines gifts the best because of their intended meanings. –Justin
Spaghetti Thursdays –Alex
Flag Day -Eric
Teacher workdays. -Matt
19. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy horticulture, riding my bike and shredding some xbox 360. Gamers get at me, my gamer tag is iraqurock. – Justin
Gamertag: ERICJUSTIN -Eric
20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?
Alex makes sounds effects like that guy in Police Academy. –Alex
I can paint. –Matt
Getting pulled over by the cops. –Justin
I’m pretty pro at Table Tennis. –Eric
entertaining interview. one of my old bands was supposed to tour with these guys a few years ago. (Jumping The Shark, anyone?) unfortunately, we broke up before the tour and never got to hang out.
...and Guitar Hero 5 will be the first game to allow multiple players on the same instrument. there could actually be a 3 guitar band. although, the chart would just take the most prevalent guitar part out of the 3. so, it doesn't matter. i'd 5 star it. haha.