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What the Toll Tells

Author: Dalia Safaradi
03/30/2006 | Sonyconnect.com | www.connect.com | Feature
CONNECT: If you could see any band perform that you never had a chance to see live, which band would it be?

ADAM: I would've liked to see Eric Dolphy play. I've been obsessed with his music. He played with Herbie Hancock for a while. I have some of his recordings and it's pretty amazing. I'd also want to see Skip James play in the 1930s.

CONNECT: What's the weirdest thing you've seen in Austin so far?

ADAM: I saw this transvestite last night with a beard and a cowboy hat on and cowboy boots on with really tight daisy dukes and breasts - the whole half-and-half outfit going on. And I've only been here for half a day.

CONNECT: Is there any sort of ritual that you do before going on stage?

ADAM: I usually go to the bathroom and drink a shot of whiskey. I read a little of Wordsworth before I go onstage as well.

CONNECT: What's the first album that you ever bought?
ADAM: I think it was either Appetite For Destruction or Skid Row's first record.

CONNECT: Were they cassettes?

ADAM: Yeah, cassettes. I still get cassettes all the time. In our van, we can only play tapes, but I kind of appreciate tapes more. It's the only true album because you can't skip any songs. Even on vinyl you can move the needle, but on tape it's impossible to search for a song so you have to listen to it all the way through.

CONNECT: Does anybody still make tapes?

ADAM: We asked our record label to put our album out on tape and they wouldn't do it. They thought we were joking when we asked.

CONNECT: What's the best band you have seen in Austin so far?
ADAM: We saw the bands we played with last night. We saw Mates of State play and they were really good. We saw Nada Surf play. I have a lot of nostalgia for them because that song "Popular" came out when I was in the 8th grade and it was huge.

CONNECT: Do you ever get into fistfights with your band mate? 

ADAM: Yeah, the last time we got into a real physical fight was actually a year ago at South by Southwest. We got to our show and we were both really drunk. We were in the alley and we were arguing about putting our stuff out and it was a really stupid argument. We ended up wrestling in the puddles and the dirt.

CONNECT: What's the first childhood memory that pops into your mind?
ADAM: Well, my brother once shot me in the head with a bb. I was bouncing on a trampoline and he was pointing the gun at me. I was yelling, "Stop, stop, stop." He had just gotten it for his birthday and he just shot it at me and it hit me in the back of the head. It hurt and I probably cried and told on him. I had a scar and a scab for awhile. And then a few months later, I was feeling it, it kind of hurt, it was still really big, and the bb just came falling out. It had been in the back of my head for three months. I still have a bit of a nub on the back of my skull from it. It's kind of like 50 Cent.

CONNECT: If you had to eat one food every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

ADAM: A burrito from San Francisco. 

CONNECT: How many beers have you had today?

ADAM: One beer and a Mimosa.

CONNECT: How posh.
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