Salem - 11.30.04

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First off, introduce yourself and tell us what you do in the band?

My name is Adam and I sing for the band Salem

You guys were recently signed to Fiddler Records, how’s it been so far?

Being on Fiddler has been such a terrific experience and I am convinced
that it always will be. Amy and Jay have been nothing but accommodating and
supportive from day one, even before we signed to the label and we could
not have done have the shit we have done so far without their support.
Fiddler is the best! :)

Dave just joined Salem, How’s it been so far?

Having Dave McNally in this band is almost like having your brother
with you everyday. He is one of my very best friends and on the musical
side has brought some amazingly fresh ideas and playing to the group, and
our new songs are coming together extremely well. Honestly it was kind of
a shock to us, because we seem to have a particular sound that is inherent, it just comes together this way. It's never really that thought out, and Dave
instantly joined our groove. It's been awesome.

Now that he is in the band, do you see the music changing any?

As far as the music changing as a result of playing, some of the songs
are a little straighter forward...but besides that we as a band have
changed a lot since the release of our Ep and you can expect some very
driving and ambient tunes on the full length.

Like many unsigned bands today, what was it like getting to go on tour with bands like New Found Glory and Further Seems Forever?

Touring with such large acts when we weren't even signed to a label was
a complete blessing, and made it even more enjoyable because we are
friends with the bands, even before we toured together. We have been
extremely fortunate in the aspect, and are eternally grateful.

Is there any talk about a Full-Length?

It's COMING it's COMING we're sorry it's taken so long!

What was it like recording with Beau?

Recording with Beau was very laid back and non-chalantly looked at as
work. We screwed around a lot that's for sure. Refer to my past interview
with Jon Wark about the " antics" it was pretty special. I actually only
ended up having a few hours to record the vocals in the end, we were VERY
laid back! :)

What was some of everyone's influences musically growing up?

We I think our musical influences have been pretty broad. Dirty D (
Dave miller) has always been an 80's and indie rock nerd, bands like
Sebadoh, Superchunk, U2, Modern English, those were some of his favorites from what I can remember when we first met at 11 years old, and still are to this day. McNasty used to have the nickname " Budwieser McNally" in high school...he was into a lot of classic rock and 90's alternative as well as the whole west coast punk catalog, he could probably play you anything on Epitaph of Fat wreck from 94-99’, Catfish ( Jeremy) has been classically trained on the stand up bass and the kind of proficiency
definitely shows in his guitar playing...he's always been into some
obscure alternative rock and indie stuff...both Tom and myself come from
strong hardcore backgrounds...but I know we are both fans of the Smiths
and U2. I'm a big nerd for 80's stuff always have been...the Smiths,
Depeche Mode, The Cure , Tears for Fears.....and then the Strongarm's and
Gorrilla Biscuits of the day always have a place in my heart.

Are there any big plans for Salem in 2005?

Our plans for 2005 are mostly to record our full length and tour as
full time as possible afterwards. We hope we'll be more visible because
of both as well. Expect us to start exploring electronic instruments as

Is there a favorite song that stuck out on the Salem EP?

My favorite song from the personally is "Brighton By the Sea".... but
I know a lot of kids really like " Confession".

If you were a hotdog, would you eat yourself?

I would be covered in mustard and relish and ketchup aaaiiiidddd be

Where do you hope to see Salem in 5 years?

5 years from now I hope to be paying all my bills off this music of
ours and touring to big crowds that want to sing every word. Isn't that
the goal for most touring musicians? I would love to be singing a lot
better 5 years from now, I'm still new to this thing

Is there anything else you would like to add or say to all the readers out there in absolutepunk.net land?

Yes...of course check out all of our links and discover our band if
you have not already...look us up on Myspace, there are songs and pictures
and tour journals and buddy icons to download..all kinds of fun stuff.
Besides that though...take the time to discover bands and music that
touches you personally and means something to you and no one else. I feel
like we live in a time of music where kids are hearded into selling groups
and are just part of market research for labels, and most kids buy into
it. Rediscover new bands and new sounds and new songs, love music for what it is and not what it looks like in the magazine or on the expensive MTV2 add. There are so many great bands.... try getting to know some new ones :)
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10:25 AM on 12/01/04
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Originally Posted by Brandon Herbel

If you were a hotdog, would you eat yourself?

I would be covered in mustard and relish and ketchup aaaiiiidddd be

Haha. I love that. I also love these guys. I've seen them a few times. Amazing everytime. Not to mention they're some of the nicest people you'll ever meet. Everyone should check them out the next time they're in your town. I can't wait for the full length.

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