MPR: So we're on the beach right now, which is kinda awesome. What do you think of Shiprocked so far?
Corky: I wonder why it took us so long
MPR: Have you been to any of the shows or done any of the millions of activities going on?
Corky: I’ve been to many
Andy: Buckcherry killed it last night, Filter was great as always
Tony: Limp Bizkit, always fun
MPR: So you basically made it to everything?
Corky: Pretty much. If anything you can watch 20 minutes of one band and then run to the other, so that’s what I was kinda doing last night.
Andy: And I learned about Wilson, I never knew about those guys.
MPR: That was definitely a fun halftime show!
Tony: It was amazing!
Corky: I was busy watching Katy Perry downstairs, I figured I’d catch Wilson again, but I only had one chance to see Katy Perry.
MPR: Any of you guys get seasick at all?
Corky: Maybe alcohol sick.
Andy: Alcohol sick.
MPR: You guys should be used to that by now!
Corky: I think everybody, bands and fans, just got on the ship the first day and just drank so much that we were all sick the second day.
MPR: Pretty much, you taking it slower today then?
Corky: It happens. Yeah I’m feeling it today. Oops. But it’s cool. I mean this was the third year that we were invited here and it’s the first time that it actually worked out schedule wise, so we’re excited to finally be able to pull it off. We have like a full crew now and everybody’s down here so it’s like a full little wise family.
Andy: Little pre tour before the real tour
Corky: For us the real humor is in, in 2011, we were unsigned and there was a contest online to get your unsigned band on Shiprocked. We got second place and did not make it onto the ship.
Andy: I remember the brothers being pissed!
Corky: Really pissed off.
MPR: Do you know who won?
Corky: Uh, a band called Cage 9
MPR: Don’t think I’ve heard of them.
Corky: Yeah exactly, they went to Shiprocked, peaked, and were never to be heard of again.
Andy: I’ll take second place.
Corky: Yeah we ended up getting our deal a couple months after that. In previous bands I had the same thing where there was a contest to open for Bon Jovi and we got second place and didn’t make it to open for Bon Jovi in New Jersey.
Andy: Yeah, Asbury!
Corky: So everything comes around eventually. This Shiprocked thing for us is 4 years in the making to finally get here.
MPR: Do you think you’ll come back if you’re asked?
Corky: I hope so, cause this has been a lot of fun.
Corky: Our first two days we didn’t have to do anything, we’re not even working till today, so it’s pretty rad.
MPR: Yeah you guys have a show late tonight I believe.
Corky: Yeah! First work day! As you can see it’s pretty tough work.
MPR: I dunno how you do it.
Andy: Someone has to.
MPR: So I’ve gotta ask about the new bassist, Tony, how’d you guys meet?
Tony: I knew Corky. Connections with the drummer in Las Vegas.
Corky: Yep it was funny
Tony: We know a lot of the same people
Corky: Tony and I have played in many bands and incarnations of bands in Vegas, both original bands and cover bands, I’ve recorded with him in the garage and we’ve gone and played everything from like Top 40 to rock to country and whatever. When we knew that V was leaving I knew we needed to find someone in Las Vegas that could learn our entire set in just over a week.
MPR: Wow, that’s pretty quick.
Corky: Tony was literally the first guy that popped in my head, I was like I’m gonna give this guy a call. I figured it would be a one show and he’d go back to his normal routine of playing music for all the people who come and visit Las Vegas, but instead he’s like, y’know, I think I really want this gig. So I had an email address setup and we got like over a hundred submissions of guys sending in videos and MP3’s and bios and all that stuff, and we start going through them and as we’re going through the list Adrian turns to me and he’s like, you know it’s a real shame Tony doesn’t wanna be in this band cause he’d fit really well. And I was like well funny you should mention that cause I was talking to Tony last night and he wants to be in the band.
Tony: Yeah after the House of Blues show upstairs I was like that was so much fun! We should do it again.
Andy: I was like aw he’s got a girlfriend she’s probably gonna not want him to go. I think she wanted him in the band more than he wanted it, she’s like, you gotta get your ass outta here.
Tony: Vegas has a way of killing musicians slowly.
Corky: Yeah, it’ll do that, it was doing it to me for years till this whole thing came up.
Tony: I can’t say I’m in the same position, but I trust the people, I believe that it happens. I didn’t wanna be that guy.
MPR: So it’s been a pretty easy transition?
Corky: Yeah, it was funny. Like I said, I knew I needed a guy that would kill it on stage and wouldn’t miss the notes. I needed a guy that could learn quickly and do it.
Andy: That man is Tony Carboney.
Corky: Yep, that man is Tony Carboney. Our new video for “Coming for the Throne” I think it’s supposed to come out this week, it’s a lot of live footage and backstage footage, and there’s a shot in there of Adrian hugging Tony, it’s literally the first time they ever met.
Corky: We walk on stage, like Ryan, Tony, and I got in a room and went through the music once and then like a few days later we were on stage at the House of Blues, so Andy and Adrian had never met him before. We go onstage and play a couple songs and Adrian’s like hey this guy works out, goes back, meets him, gives him a hug, and that footage is actually in the video.
Andy: I didn’t know that.
Corky: Yeah it’s pretty rad.
MPR: So speaking of that single, it’s the second from your sophomore album. How was the recording process different this time around?
Corky: This time we almost kind of felt like we knew what we were doing. It was pretty cool, we worked with Grammy Award winning producer David Botchell and Andy and I actually worked with him behind the computer mixing it.
Andy: It’s like marines, first ones in last ones out.
Corky: Yeah that was us every day.
MPR: Peace At All Costs has a little bit of a different vibe to it than True Love Never Dies, did you approach the writing process any differently?
Andy: It was just a natural progression.
Corky: Yeah I know that our only real statement was, lets take the stuff that we feel that worked really well off True Love Never Dies, and just expand upon it. So some of the harder stuff’s harder, some of the lighter stuff’s lighter, but the main focus was just trying to get the best songs put together that we could, and put together the best group of songs that fit together in a complete package.
MPR: Do you guys have any particular favourite?
Corky: Oh man, I know it’s different for all of us.
Andy: You have favourite kids? Huh?
MPR: I have favourite pets!
Corky: It’s funny too, I like playing “Love & War” live and I like playing “Meet me in the Dark” live, those are like 2 opposite ends of the spectrum. Tony’s got a fresh approach on all of them! What’s your favourite?
Tony: My favorite right now is “Coming for the Throne”
Andy: He said that last night
Tony: I love that song more than all the rest of them, it’s the golden… you know.
Corky: I remember when that song was just a riff and we were floating some ideas around to some people and one of the producers we were talking about working with he’s like, what’s this? And we’re like, this is a riff, we’re gonna turn it into a song. And he’s like, that doesn’t sound like you guys. Don’t focus on that one. And we’re like, but we really like this riff! We think there’s something here! It’s music, everybody has their own opinion. It’s funny how there can always be things that stop a song from getting completed and you’ve just gotta kinda go with your gut.
MPR: Good thing you stuck with it!
Tony: It’s the chorus that gets me.
Corky: Dude that chorus is version 7 or 8 written for that thing. We tried all these various things and I’m singing melodies and Adrian’s singing melodies, and the chorus of that song is a combination of version 5 and 7 together to make version 8, it was like the most painful chorus to put together cause we just couldn’t decide what was gonna work.
Andy: There’s a few songs where, like 30 something songs demoed and we’re like, the chorus of this song would sound really good in this song.
Corky: Yeah it’s just all scraps.
MPR: Well it doesn’t sound like a jumbled mess, so that’s good!
Corky: Yeah we straight stole a riff from our own, oh yeah, there’s a riff that was in “Demon Fighter” that we stole directly and put into “Never Say” and we’re like okay that works perfect, okay, delete from here, add here. We’re good.
MPR: So you’ve got a lot more material now, is it getting harder to choose your set list, especially on opening sets?
Corky: Yeah, 30 minute sets are a bitch.
Andy: They’re more fun than hard
Corky: To me it’s like, we end up getting like, 3 songs is 15 minutes in terms of how it comes out, so you get 6 songs. But now we’ve got 5 singles, so what do we get, we play 5 singles and then one extra bonus track? It’s difficult. So I start feeling bad if we cut one of the singles from the set
Tony: Sometimes you guys confuse me with the choices you guys have, like aw man you’re gonna do this one, I want that one!
Corky: Yeah 45 minutes to hour sets are strongly preferred cause then we can get the whole thing going in there. There’s still a couple songs from Peace at all Costs that we haven’t played live yet that we wanna work into the set, so that just helps complicate the process even more, but it’s fun, keeps it fun for us.
MPR: So just a few random questions, if someone were to make a movie about your individual ives, who would play each of you?
Andy: I dunno, who would play me?
Corky: Someone bald
MPR: You’re bald? Woah when did that happen?
Andy: Like two days ago
MPR: Looks good!
Corky: You don’t have to lie!
MPR: Nah, he can pull it off. You’d look ridiculous though.
Corky: Awww I was scheduled to shave it next week!
Tony: I got luscious locks. So yeah anyway, hair aside, Benicio Del Toro.
Corky: Oh yeah that’d be good for you!
Tony: He’s my boy.
Andy: I like that!
Corky: I was told Ed Norton a long time ago. So I like that idea. I was told I kinda look like him but I heard he was also kinda difficult to work with.
Andy: What about Dave Grohl?
Corky: Is he an actor too? He’s a musician man.
Tony: Dave Grohl’s easy to work with.
MPR: Yeah you kinda look like him actually.
Tony: He’s never heard that.
MPR: An uglier version of course.
Andy: Yep, an uglier version of Dave Grohl. I want you to pick who’s gonna play me.
Corky: Jason Statham.
Tony: Oh that guy’s badass
MPR: Me? I think if you made Channing Tatum a little shorter that could work. He’s bald right?
Andy: And skinnier. Is he bald?
MPR: I think so. But yeah, skinnier too. I can definitely see that!
Tony: You know who should play you though Corky? Even though he’s pretty good looking? Jeremy Piven.
Corky: Our new casting director is now Tony Carboney.