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taken from an issue of Flipside Magazine. This was after Jack and Todd (the
original singer and drummer) left the band, and Change Today was released
(with Joe singing).
were interviewed by Al and Frank in April at Ron's house in Anaheim.
AL: Since our last interview you guys had a
different singer and drummer and you had keyboards briefly...
Mike: It wasn't Todd so much as Jack. Jack drifted
away from the original ideas a lot and it called the break up of the
band. Actually, Ron and I never broke up the band...
Ron: I just said I would never play with Jack...
Mike: So, Ron and I kept playing and we never
thought it was a new TSOL reforming, but people kept calling it that,
so why not. Todd got in a car crash and the law caught up with him,
so he didn't want to do it.
Al: How do you think the band is different from
the old one?
Mike: In the beginning, the old band was a lot similar to this band.
the end, Jack wouldn't accept any words that we'd write. He would
say, I'm the singer, everything I write gets played.
Did you have a hard time at first
getting accepted as the new singer?
Yeah, it was tough, but I was always into this band.
The kids never went to my face, but I heard all the crap. They want
to have fun and if we sound good and play hard and sweat, then,
weather they like us or not the will respect us for trying.
What are some of the new songs about?
Mike: All the songs deal with personal
liberty and things that enter your life everyday. Different points
of view and things that strike us--nothing fictitious or ridiculous.
I can't be up there playing a song if it's about something that
doesn't have to do with anything. This band is really new and we're
having fun.We've done thirty or forty shows already. Some bands
will play the same songs throughout ten different line ups. The
only old songs we do play either Ron or I wrote. Maybe later down
the road we'll do some old ones. I think the people like the new
material. Now that the records out, only time will tell. We're
all going to tour together. Everyone gets the same pay every night.
No one is pulling in more than another. It's a real productive,
the best work situation we've had yet.
A lot of bands ask us how we get on shows and how
we tour. You just do it. Don't sit there and wonder why you can't
do it. People aren't coming to you; you have to go out and do it.
And the whole scene is cool and it's getting bigger all the time.
There's places all over the country. There will always be a need
for entertainment and to get out aggression.
We have a lot of freedom. Everything we want is honest...
we want is honest...
you guys want to write a song, you can sing it.
Mike: That wasn't True Sounds of Liberty at
all. At one point, he was talking about changing the name of the band
to The Voice. The band is always changing. We felt that keyboards
weren't a cop out because there's a million different flavors to music
and we didn't want to feel tied down to one thing. This band is back
to the original ideal of being able to do anything we want. We're
strongly into a really rocky kind of thing right now, rootsy...
Ron: But it's not all one style. We have a set
of about twenty songs already.
Mike: Now, we're used
to each other too. Joe will throw a melody line in a song and we will
come up with the music... We have to slow down. We already have twelve
songs recorded besides whats on the new album.
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