I’ll admit it: I don’t have a lot of indie cred. I’d rather listen to All Time Low than Arcade Fire, and I get visibly nervous while perusing the CD racks at my local independent music store, as if the hipper-than-thou clerk is secretly judging me from behind his thick-rimmed glasses. Heck, my favorite Weezer record is the Green Album, a distinction that probably makes Scott Heisel want to disown me as a writer. I’m a sucker for huge choruses and polished hooks, and I believe perfectly placed handclaps make any song better. I’m also a firm believer that a good song is a good song, no matter who wrote it; I won’t give any names, but there’s some seriously embarrassing stuff in my iTunes library. Just ask my friends, whose reactions range from slightly embarrassed to sympathetic, but all is seemingly forgiven when I’ve got an extra guestlist spot for an upcoming show. It’s funny how that works.
I’ve been writing for AP for more than a year now, and I’ve been fortunate enough to write a cover story (AP 262: Manchester Orchestra) as well as interview some of the musicians most responsible for my current musical preferences: Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge, Third Eye Blind’s Stephan Jenkins and Glassjaw’s Daryl Palumbo. I even had another frontman once tell me, “If you give [my new album] three stars, I’ll kill you.” I love my job.
Most surreal journalistic moment: Being mobbed by hundreds of concertgoers (Beatlemania-style) while walking with Tom DeLonge from the center of a parking lot to a backstage area at Warped Tour 2008. I’ll never forget his words to me as we stepped out into the crowd: “Hold on, dude. This shit is gonna get gnarly.” And it did. My tape recorder sounds like audio of a deleted scene from Alien.
My 10 favorite albums:
1. Blink-182 - Enema Of The State
2. Brand New - Deja Entendu
3. Jimmy Eat World - Futures
4. The Receiving End Of Sirens – The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi
5. Marvelous 3 - ReadySexGo
6. Will Hoge - Blackbird On A Lonely Wire
7. Far Too Jones - Shame And Her Sister
8. The Format - Dog Problems
9. Further Seems Forever - How To Start A Fire
10. The Movielife - 40 Hour Train Back To Penn