1. How did you get your band name?
My friend Mike came up with it a long time ago. You know how in some churches, people fall over when they get prayed for? Well, a "courtesy drop" is when you fall over even though you don't feel anything, to be courteous to the pastor.
2. How did this band get started?
I started writing the early music right before moving to Nashville, and continued writing a little when I got there. After kind of establishing myself, socially and financially, I showed the stuff to Hinkle; after he was on board, we got our friends Shon and Jaime on board. Boom, original lineup.
3. What bands are you influenced by?
I like to draw influence from bands'/artists' mentalities more than their music, so I'd say that Jimmy Eat World, Foo Fighters, Bjork, Shai Hulud, and The Get Up Kids were and are huge influences on how I approach our music. Also, I'm from Terre Haute, Indiana, and Indiana music has a subtly distinct sound to it, so I've tried my hardest to maintain that sound in our music.
4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
In a dreamland: Rage Against The Machine, KRS-One, and Bjork. In less-outrageous-land: Envy, Anathallo, Jimmy Eat World (duh), Asian Kung-Fu Generation, and The Dillinger Escape Plan
5. Best food to eat on tour?
"Garbage plates" in Rochester, NY, and Cookout. If we ever get a Cookout in Nashville, I'm done for.
6. Why should people listen to your band?
I don't really like this question. If someone listens to our music and finds something to relate to/connect with, or they just like it, that's great.
7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?
The definition of 'athlete' is: " a person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise", so I'm going to go with the latter part and say Bruce Lee; the man's been dead for 40 years, and his legacy is still going strong. Can you imagine having an impact like that? Whew.
8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
Anna Kendrick, for being perfect, and then no one else, just to emphasis the first part.
9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
MySpace. MySpace ruined everything.
10. Memorable tour experience?
General answer: we urban explore as much as possible, so that's always memorable. Specific answer: Richmond, VA on this last tour. We played at 2am due to an Australian DJ jumping on last minute, playing before us, and taking 2.5 hours to set up/play/tear down; then we went to Cookout around 3:30am, sold shirts to three strangers we'd met earlier that day, and watched a fight in the parking lot while we ate our food.
11. What does AP.net mean to you?
It seems like a really cool community to have supporting you, so I'd say it means the same as any other supportive community. haha
12. What is your favorite song to play?
"Mineral Extracts" because it gives me a good break in the middle of the set, and it hits really hard at the end.
13. What is your vacation spot of choice?
Greece and Japan. The majority of my family is from/in Greece, and Japan has been a dream spot for as long as I can remember.
14. What music reminds you of your childhood?
I'll go multi-leveled, to keep it interesting. Early childhood: Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and various old Greek music // Late childhood: DC Talk and the Space Jam soundtrack // Teen years: Thursday, Coheed and Cambria, Number One Fan, and The Red Racer (rip)
15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?
Flight, hands down; I feel like most other super powers have awful ramifications that I don't want to deal with, but flight would absolutely incredible.
16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?
Joel goes off by himself to warm up on a drum pad, but nothing really other than that. I should probably start doing vocal warm ups and getting focused before hand, but... whatever.
17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
That we're a band. hahaha
18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?
I'd say that 90% of it is catchy vocal patterns paired with the dumbest possible lyrics, and the other 10% of it is thought out musical perfection. And no, I highly doubt it, unless this whole "emo/grunge" resurgence infects the mainstream too. No, even if that happened, I'd still highly doubt it.
19. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Play League of Legends, watch anime, and hang out. I tend to be pretty reclusive while we're home, but I'll go hiking/swimming/exploring when the opportunities present themselves.
20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?
Years of sleep deprivation and malnutrition have evolved me to a higher level of physical existence. I am indestructible.