Jonny Santos - Silent Civilian

May 20, 2006

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I understand you were hosting Headbangers Ball.

Yes, it was cool. It was awesome. It’s going to air on June 10th.

Very cool. Who did you get to talk to?

I hosted the whole show by myself and I interviewed Eighteen Visions.

What kind of cool stuff did you ask them?

It was pretty much all scripted. The producers had all the questions already mapped out. It was still cool. It’s Headbangers Ball. I just asked them questions about the new record coming out and their touring.

Did you get to pick the videos or was that already scripted too?

They picked the videos too.

I remember when Riki Rachtman used to host that. That was the one thing that I think pissed him off the most. He didn’t get to pick anything.

Yeah, it’s the program directors.

I think when they have people guest host , they should let the guest hosts pick the videos. That would make it more interesting.

I wanted to.

You also got caught up in a thunderstorm.

Yeah, there was a lightning storm over New York right over La Guardia. This plane got hit by lightning so they grounded all the planes for a few hours waiting for the storm to pass through which made us very late for our show. We didn’t go on last night until after Ill Nino because I didn’t get into Austin until about 10:30. We didn’t go on until well after midnight.

At least you still got to play.

Better late than never.

That’s what I’m saying. Well, the CD finally came out and it’s been in my car CD player for quite some time and people are really fucking grooving on this shit. You should be seeing some good sales.

Awesome. Yeah, the record came out and it’s doing well. We’ve already got tours lined up so we’re just a busy, busy band there now. Going out with Drowning Pool next.

Cool, Drowning Pool rules. They’re the hometown favorite.

Yeah, I’m sure they’ll all be here tonight.

Of course. How has the tour been going thus far outside of lightning storms?

This tour has been going awesome. A lot of kids every night. Really good crowds and really good bands on the tour. We’ve been having a blast. We’re having a great time.

Yeah, this tour seems to be all stars.

Yeah, it’s really good. It’s a really good tour. It’s a good package.

I told someone in Ill Nino that it’s my first time seeing them.

Yeah, for the ticket price you’re getting five really good bands and I think it’s awesome.

Have they all been early shows?

Well, with five bands you’ve got to get things moving along especially sometimes when it’s all ages clubs. You have curfews and you’ve got to be done at a certain point. If it’s an 11 o’clock curfew then you have to get bands on and off as fast as you can. That can be a pain in the ass sometimes but we deal with it.

What have you been playing live off the new record?

We’ve been playing “Funeral”, “The Song Remains Un-Named”, “Dead To Me 2006”, “Rebirth Of The Temple”, “Wrath”, and “Lies In The House Of Shame”.

It’s been mostly new material. I like that. A lot of bands go out and play the same stuff over and over again and have the same set list. They come out with new shit and won’t play a lot of it because they think everyone wants to hear the old stuff. It’s hard to promote new stuff if you don’t play it.

We try to change the set list for every tour that we’ve been doing. We obviously can’t play every song on the record. Each tour we’re trying to change it up and bring something new into the set so when kids come back and see the band again, they get to hear some other stuff.

How do you decide on which songs you’re going to put in your set list?

When we have such a short set, I want to put some of the more straight up kick your ass songs in the set because I think it impacts the crowd more. Just to get up there for half an hour and bulldoze. Get the kids to go “wow, that hurt.”

Something I noticed about your show when I saw it the first time, you guys don’t waste time running your mouths. You just get up there and kick people’s fucking asses. I like that. I don’t like it when people spend half a show blabbing.

We try not to babble on that much. Through the set in between we’ll break it up with some little entertaining antics but other than that, through the first three songs we don’t even take a break until after the third song. The first three songs are just bam, bam, bam. Just get in there and kick some ass.

Yeah, I like that. I think that’s really fucking cool. What all have you guys been doing since the last time we talked?

We haven’t really been home at all. We’ve been solid on the road. We were out with Bleed The Sky and then after Bleed The Sky we ran straight into this tour. We started it in New York and we ended up in L.A. We did a show with Chimaira and Arch Enemy on that last run that they did and then we just worked our way back over to the East coast and started the Ill Nino tour. We really haven’t had any days off.

After this tour is over are you going to have a little bit of a break or are you going straight on into something else?

This tour ends on the 10th and Drowning Pool starts on the 13th. It’s going to be a long year but that’s what we have to do. We’re a new band and that’s what new bands have to do. They have to tour and stay on the road.

I’ve been telling folks to come out and see you guys. You guys put on an impressive show. That was awesome last time.

Thank you.

I’m back for more. Any other thoughts or comments?

Thanks for coming out and thanks for your time. Glad to see we’ve got another fan.

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