Following the release of their new music video featuring Alex Gaskarth, PropertyOfZack is stoked to be posting a new interview with the band that reviewer Jesse Richman conducted at this year’s SXSW Festival. In the interview, Jesse and the band discuss Best Intentions, touring, the decision to redo a song from their album with Alex Gaskarth, recent “drama” regarding Hopeless Records, and more. Check out the great interview below!
Can I get a quick rundown of your names and what you do in the band? Tay: I’m Tay [Jardine], I play the kazoo and I sing. Mike: New talent? Tay: Yup. Mike: I’m Mike Ferri and I sing. Jordan: I’m Jordan [Eckes] and I play guitar and sing. Cameron: I’m Cameron [Hurley] and I play guitar. I’m just going to start saying I do random things. POZ: We’re going to put that kazoo thing on the interview and that’s going to end up on your Wikipedia page. Mike: Actually, the three of us got kicked out of the band on Wikipedia recently. We didn’t know why. We were ex-members. They had Jordan playing for Guns N Roses. Jordan: Yeah, I was in Guns N Roses for like twenty minutes, I took a picture of it. Mike: And they love to create new ex-members, like dudes that were never in the band. Apparently Goot was an ex-member of our band . He was under the ex-members. Tay: And Alex is a band member now. Mike: “Alex Gaskarth joins We are the In Crowd. Headline: “When Two Singers Just Isn’t Enough…Get Three.”
Best Intentions has been out for six months now. How do you think it’s gone over with the fans so far? Tay: We were really surprised with the outcome of all that. The record came out the same week and the same day as like a thousand other bands that are way bigger than us. POZ: Yeah, that’s a tough time to release. Tay: Yeah. So we were really worried about it. But it seemed very positive and it was more than we had hoped for. Mike: I think everyone wants their first record to be like the …Is A Real Boy situation, where it becomes this instant cult classic. That didn’t happen, but we’re still real pumped on it.
It seems to be building pretty well. You guys have been on the road the entire time since it came out. How has it been touring? Mike: It’s been a lot of fun. We’ve been doing a lot of touring. Jordan: I think it’s because we did a lot of international touring. It was almost like inspiration to keep going. Cameron: It’s not like domestic touring got boring. But the international touring brought something new to it. POZ: How was Brazil? Tay: It was beautiful. It was a little scary. Mike: Yep, terrifying. No, we had security with us. It was crazy. The kids there are a lot different than they are here. They are really touchy-feely and super crazy. So yeah, Tay had a Justin Bieber moment. You got Biebered. Tay: I got Biibered. Mike: It was like a red carpet type of creepy thing. POZ: I guess they just don’t get a lot of American bands down there so when they come it’s a really big deal? Jordan: We open up the van to get out and it’s like “AHHHH!” Mike: This girl one time makes it through the fence. Tay: This is a good example. I had a whole wrist full of bracelets and they’re gone. They were snatched. They are all gone. And they were given to me by my fans. But they were taken as well by fans. Mike: Their enthusiasm makes me enthusiastic, but I’d like to leave with my skin.
How’s the Every Avenue Tour going so far? Jordan: It’s good. We only have… POZ: Yeah, you’re in the home-stretch now. Jordan: It’s been a while. It’s been like almost five weeks. Cameron: The tour did go by really, really fast. I don’t know if it’s because we left like halfway through. It’s been really fast and a lot of fun.