Pop-punk band shares
Issue date: 5/19/06 Section: Entertainment
s: Which is more fun for you, playing a festival or a smaller show?
Dave: Smaller shows.
Nate: Festivals are really long and really hot. By the end of the day, it's cool to see all the bands and all your friends, but at the end of the day you're so exhausted that you just want to sleep.
Omar: At a small show, like at a rock club, has the atmosphere of a rock club where it's dark.
Dave: It's not like you're playing outside during the day. You still have a good time doing it, but…
Omar: It kind of kills the mood. If you're playing during the day, then the sun's out. And also the sound's never as good as playing in a rock club.
Dave: But we still had a blast at Bamboozle.
Nick: Yeah. So many kids are packed in, so it makes it more fun.
s: What bands did you guys catch that you really liked?
Dave: I caught Say Anything, and I haven't seen them since last year's Bamboozle. They did a whole different lineup and stuff.
Omar: We saw I Am The Avalanche, who we're currently on tour with, and that was a blast seeing because so many kids were going up to them.
Nate: Poison the Well was really good too.
Nick: The Bled was amazing.
s: What festivals did you go to when you were younger?
Dave: Growing up, I went to festivals like CrazyFest. That was in Louisville. That was pretty much along the same lines as Bamboozle. I think the bands were a little more indie and stuff back in the day.
Omar: I remember seeing CircusFest in Indiana in an old-school gymnasium. I saw Zao, Walls of Jericho [and] The Strider.
Dave: Yeah, we actually hung out with The Strider there. They showed us around, said thank you for coming.
Omar: They're a band that we love, but I never really went to Warped Tour until we played it.
Colin: I did the Warped Tour thing. I definitely did the Warped Tour thing.
s: Did you all know each other before you were together in a band?
Omar: We actually were assembled by a major label. We were put together actually because Colin, who's really good-looking, got hired by the label for his looks. We're all hired hands. We really didn't know each other until our first show. Thanks to the songwriters that made this band possible! Haha, no, Dave and I started bands together when we were in high school. We used to play shows with Colin's old band and that's how Colin and I met. We started bands together, and then through that band we met Nick, who was playing in a band. Then Nate's the newbie. We actually lost our drummer and we knew Nate, who was working for Hawthorne Heights, and we were friends with them at the time. They said, "You should give our dude a try," and we said no.