Adam Machalek - Drums
Adrian Day - Vocals
George Coutretsis - Guitar & Vocals
Jesse Christensen - Guitars, Piano, Vocals & Programming
Joe Chouinard - Bass & Vocals
1. How did you get your band name?
After god knows how may days of going through lists of names, we
finally all agreed Silent Sirens had a nice ring to it. It was
slightly sinister and yet inviting and the alliteration makes it stick
in your head. A band name can be so hard to come up with... I'd hate
to go through that again, hahaha.
2. How did this band get started?
My old band Burning Bright broke up and Jesse's band Domestic Play had
parted ways with their singer, so we joined forces. After a few shows
we re-organized the band, brought in a few guys from Burning Bright
and from an old band of Jesse's and that's how we became the band we
are now. That is the nutshell version... there is another version that
features robots from the future, Megan Fox, Axl Rose and a little
friend I like to call my BOOM-stick. That version would take a little
3. What bands are you influenced by?
We all have different influences: Jawbreaker, Green Day, Morrissey,
Thin Lizzy, Journey, The Used, Hot Water Music, American Steel(who we
got to open up for!), Boy Sets Fire(played with them too!), Grade,
Anberlin, Underoath, The Beatles
4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would it be and why?
Jawbreaker, The Used, The Exit, Motley Crue.... hmmm quite the tour
("Vince! Bert! Have you been drinking again? Tommy Lee just ripped up
Blake's notebook and spilled beer all over The Exit's collection of
5. If you were a furry, what animal would you be? Why that animal?
Raccoon... the eyes are so emo.
6. Why should people listen to your band?
We love what we do and it shows, we sound familiar without sounding
like very other band. Our songs stick in my head, so I'm guessing
they'll stick in yours. Our songs aren't just about girls and the lack
there-of. We try to push the boundaries of what a rock band can be and
hopefully get people excited at the same time. Quite simply... we make
dreams come true and we all ride unicorns to our shows.
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
The Mess We Make, I think it would trick people into thinking it was
an easy song til they hit the breakdown with the dual leads and
KABLAMMO!! Mind Explosion!!
8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
Our fans for being everything, our girlfriends for putting up with us,
my dogs and cats for constant awesomeness and the band for being the
best friends we could ever have. Oh yeah and thanks to Full Throttle
for lending us his gear.
9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
The misconception that you are ever done paying your dues. I don't
care who you are, it always pays to be humble. Also nothing can
replace a great live show, I don't care how great your recording is or
how crazy you go live, if you can't combine the two, don't bother. Too
many bands spend all their money on a recording and then don't or
can't pull it off live. They try to cover it up with guitar flips and
jumping up and down and it sells the audience short. Also, all that
day-glo everyone is wearing needs to go...
10. Memorable tour experience?
The van breaking down three times and being lucky enough that two of
the guys in The Break who were van geniuses there to help out.
Crossing over the bridge into Canada in New York only to find out our
drummer Adam was from Poland and didn't have his papers and so him and
I had to stay in some crappy hotel on the border while everyone else
stayed in some swank casino room... the sweat contest between me and
Jack from Bayside, Jack won... Hands DOWN!
11. What does AP.net mean to you?
A constant connection to fans and music lovers, it helps us get a read
on what people are looking for and what they love or hate about music
right now. Great reviews, introductions to new bands.
12. What is your favorite song to play?
Probably Make A Move or Atorexia, I love the energy and the dynamics
of both songs. They are on opposite ends of the spectrum musically,
but they carry a lot of weight in our set.
13. What is your vacation spot of choice?
Depends... for a band getaway, it would be great to go somewhere
secluded, Northern California, or Colorado, get a cabin by a lake and
just chill and write and swim for a week or two. For me... probably
some South American hillside near the ocean.
14. What music reminds you of your childhood?
David Bowie, Free To Be You And Me, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Mott
The Hoople, Depeche Mode, The Smiths, Ian Dury and the Blockheads
15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?
Super Sonic Scream, hahaha... to break the window's in all the venues
we play. If you used it at the right moment, you could blow people's
16. Do you feel that your band has "made it"?
Not in the traditional sense, but I love what we do. Making it will be
when we get to the point that we can play music for a living and pay
our bills doing what we love.
17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
I don't eat before our shows. I've been vegan for almost 13yrs and
straight edge/drug free all my life. We send out and answer all of our
myspace messages personally. We never would have gotten together if
Jesse hadn't handed me a flier randomly one day when I was walking
down the street. The rest = Rock History (well, at least Silent Sirens
18. What's your favorite holiday?
I would say everyone in the band loves Halloween, but I can honestly
say Presidents Day is up there for me. I continue to celebrate each
and every one of our Commander In Chief's. Go for it, #44!
19. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I collect vinyl and hang out with my dogs and cats, going to Veggie
Bite, the vegan fast food place a few blocks away, hanging out with
the other guys in the band, making movies and generally making a
nuisance in Chicago, supporting our friends bands.
20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?
We can grow amazing mustaches, George and I sweat enough to put out
small fires, all of us look surprisingly good in short shorts. Jesse
can write an entire song in his head, from the drums to the bass to
the guitars to the shaker on the down beat in the last chorus and then
make it in Garageband, like it was nothing.