In the past year,
Flickerstick have seen their major label debut come out on Epic,
played an opening stint for the Cranberries, made a video for
"Smile," left their label, released a live CD, and came
back for a sold out show at the TLA in Philadelphia. I guess you
could say they pretty much have done it all this year. Before
their latest show in Philly, I had the chance to sit down and
talk with Rex Ewing, Corey Kreig, Fletcher Lea, & Dominic
Weir. Listen as we talk about the reasons for the split with Epic,
bootlegs, crazy fans, Vanilla Ice & MC Hammer, and their future.
1. How has the tour been going so far? Are you guys just itching
to be back in the studio?
2. You released Welcoming
Home the Astronauts on Epic, but are no longer on the
label. What happened?
3. You have your own label, 226 records, are you the only artists
on the label?
4. Did the events of September 11th have anything to do with
your stopping playing "Right Way to Fly?"
5. You just gained control of your website again. How tough was
it not having a way to communicate with your fans and how much
interaction do you have with your street team?
6. What bands are you currently listening to?
7. What are your thoughts on file swapping technologies and bootlegs?
8. Is your setlist pretty static?
9. Why do a live disc now?
10. Tell me about one of your new songs "Believe?"
11. Is there a set writing process? Have you found yourself going
back and reworking older, unreleased songs?
12. Are you tired of playing the songs off Astronauts?
13. Was the live disc a way to give your fans something until
your next studio disc? Did you change anything after recording
14. I love the "Direct Line to the Telepathic" reprise.
Was that a way to cap off the Astronauts
record and will there be only one version of this record compared
to the two versions of Astronauts?
15. Are any labels looking into signing you now?
16. Do you think you rushed into picking a label last time around?
17. How important is the street team to the band?
18. Have you kept in contact with any of the bands you have toured
with like Greenwheel or
19. What are your memories from your last show at the TLA?
Do you regret flipping a coin to pick your label?
20. I recently talked to Gary
Cherone (Ex-Extreme/Ex-Van Halen/Current Tribe of Judah) recently
about having to live down your past, are you conscious or worried
that you will always be associated with that VH1 show?
21. Who would be in your all-star band of either living or dead
22. What were the first concerts you went to?
23. What has been the weirdest/best gifts you guys have gotten
24. How cool is it that you have helped some of your friends
and ex-tourmates (rubyhorse, Greenwheel) get signed?
25. Any plans to tour the UK?
26. Do you read the reviews you get?
**At this point, Corey pulls out a video camera and starts
to tape the interview**
27. Any differences between your tour last year and your tour
28. What have been your most embarrassing moments on tour?
**At this point, Dom brings up some pastries from the street
team...all hell breaks loose**
29. Is there a DVD planned, is that why you are taping?