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It was a pretty busy summer for The Expendables, you had the opportunity to play with 311 and Ziggy Marley. Tell us a little about how the tour went. Any good stories to tell?

Ryan Demars (Bass): It was a good tour for us for many reasons. One cool thing was to see how music touring and production happen on such a bigger scale. We have done many club tours with venue capacities of 300-2200 and on this tour the capacities ranging from 5,000-16,000. A lot more happens with bigger venues for example instead of a couple vans and an rv on a tour there were around 10 busses and 4 semis hauling equipment town to town. There were a lot more people working behind the scene. Also 311 had catering almost every show which is a good thing because us expendables love to eat a lot of food.

Adam Patterson (Drums/Vocals/AP): The 311 summer unity tour was amazing. All the shows where great and we have never been treated so well. One night I Drank to much and our sound guy/ manager and I had shirtless wrestling match. No one wins in that situation, no one.

Geoff Weers (Guitar / VOX): The tour was amazing. We got to play on some of the biggest stages in America and sharing them with Ziggy and 311 is one of the high points in our career. I think there were eight busses and three semis on tour so the back stage was like a rock and roll summer camp. We played basketball and soccer to pass the time during the day, ate fantastic dishes prepped by the talented catering staff that traveled with us and rocked as hard as we could at night. We would then party into the early hours of the morning only to fall asleep in our mobile cabin and wake up at the next venue to do it all over again the next day. It was a great time. 

Raul Bianchi (Lead Guitar/RB): Getting to share the stage with two legendary artists such as 311 and Ziggy was incredible. Even though we've been consistently touring the country for about four years now, this tour was a new experience for us because it was in amphitheaters instead of clubs, which is an entirely different way of putting on, and playing a show. There were catered meals, great hospitality, and a chance to play some of the coolest venues in the country such as Red Rocks, and Central Park, but not as intimate as the clubs we are used to. The tour was fairly mellow, so there aren't any great stories. Despite what anyone else tells you, I did NOT black out in Hartford Connecticut off of a combination of Expendaberry (a strain some fans made for us) and German Poo sniffers (A drink Adam and I came up with involving jager, baileys, and kahlua) and pee all over our merch guy's bunk and the floor of the bus. 

You guys have been in the studio recording your long awaited 5th album. Can you shed some light on how the process is going and maybe slip us a few track titles?
RD: The process is going good. Our management found a sick studio in Encinitas called Big Fish studios. We did a 10 day session in September and have a good start on the album. We will be finishing up in November. Track title, Devils Coke Boner or DCB for short.

AP: We have been writing this album for the last year And a half. It's been slow process but we have been touring a lot sense the last album came out. We basically have been practicing everyday trying to fine tune all the songs. We have already recorded 7 song with Paul Leary and so far they sound really good. Dance girl dance, positive mind, night mission, no higher ground, mr sun and I ain't ready, not sure what's gonna make the album yet but that's what we have recorded so far.

GW: We finished our first recording session with producer Paul Leary (guitarist from The Butthole Surfers) about two months ago. We have plans to get back in the studio at the beginning of November and finish the rest of the album with Leary and producer El Heffe (guitarist from NOFX). We have a bunch of new songs that we are gonna try whittle down to a cohesive album. I like all the songs so its gonna be hard to pick the track listing. Donkey Show is one song title. That is all you are getting. You gotta go check out the album when it comes out to get the rest. 

RB: We have been working at this diamond in the rough studio in Encinitas called Big Fish Studios, and are extremely grateful to be working with Paul Leary and El Hefe. Both producers bring something different to the table and are a perfect match for our brand of weirdness. "We have spent the last two years working really hard on writing new material so there are a lot of songs to work with." As far a song titles, we always seem to flake on naming songs, but some of the working titles are: Wells, Mr. Sun, and the Devil's Coke Boner. 

What can we expect from this album compared to the last one?
RD: All the songs are originals and they are all previously unreleased.

AP: With every album I think we become better musicians and better song writers. I think this album is no exception. This album has some different time signatures and the some of the punks songs are harder and faster and some of the reggae IS a little more rootsy and duby and then there's everything in between.

GW: You can expect ALL new music. No reprises or repeats like the last album. No covers either. This album is gonna be sick!

RB: This may sound like a complete oxymoron but I feel this is our heaviest yet most mellow album yet. The heavier songs on this album are definitely the most driving, and most technical stuff we've ever written. But we are definitely a band with musical ADD, and we also have some very mellow, melodic jams, that are very groove oriented. The production qualtiy is great, and a large part of that is due to the studio, and the producers. We recorded bass and drums together on two inch tape which has already added a lot of warmth to the album. All the overdubs so far have been done with pro tools, and we've been grateful to have a lot of amazing guest musicians. "Most of our more complex material was well thought out and written in advance, but we also left space for improvs and jams in a few of our songs, because sometimes improvs and mistakes can turn into gems on an album." During one take, Paul Leary kept me rolling and I was just messing around waiting for him to stop me, and we ended up keeping it. It's just a small improv piece with mistakes, but it became one of my favorite recorded guitar parts that I've ever done.

Are there any special guests we can look forward to on this album?
RD: We have been collaborating with a couple artists but as far as what is going to be on the album we are not sure yet. 

AP: OG from Slightly Stoopid has done some amazing percussion so far. You'll have to see.

GW: In our first session with Leary in September we had a bunch of the Slightly Stoopid studs lay down some tracks. Rymo (Stoopid's drummer) came in to lay down some vibes, OG (Stoopid's percussionist) put it down with his mad skills in the percussion department and De La (Stoopid's sax player) blew some sweet notes with his sax. That is what has been recorded so far. We still want to get Miles and Kyle from Stoopid in there and do some vocals. We also have plans to get G. Love on a song as well.

RB: Not sure yet who's going to end up on it yet, but after years of touring we have a great network of musicians that we have contacted for the album such as: our boys from Slightly Stoopid (DeLa, OG, Rymo laid down some vibes, Kyle, Miles), G.Love, El Hefe, Josh Rice on keys. We still have another long session, so anything is possible. 

groupI heard through the grapevine something about not shaving until the end of recording your new record. Is this true, and how is everyone coping? Just curious.
RD: Raul has a beard. Ryan has a beard. Geoff has a moustache. Adam has a handsome go tee. No contest just men and facial hair.

AP: Raul is the only one. To me it's kind of like a hockey player doing a playoff beard. It's just something he feels he need to go through and I respect that.

GW: I have a mustache that I have let go since the 311 tour. I have trimmed around the lip line but the sides are getting curly like Rollie Fingers' super stache. Im gonna leave it for our upcoming Winter Blackout tour in January. I gotta keep my face warm somehow this winter. 

RB: Well I'm not shaving just to show how long it takes to just physically record an album. The day we finished the 311 (July 14th) tour I stopped shaving. And of course I now regret it because we hit some delays, and now it looks like I'm probably not going to be able to shave until December. It itches, and its hard to sleep. I've lost a lot of friends, and the women stopped calling about 8 weeks in. 

I notice some of your old songs sometimes get a makeover and are put on your new releases. Is there one from "Open Container" or "No Time to Worry" we can expect to make it on the new record?
RD: No. This time we actually wrote more than enough new material instead of recording sacrafice 38 times.

AP: No not on this one. We have so many new songs and we did that last album. I think when we do a live album people will get to hear the old songs in the "new" way we play them.

RB: We thought about it, and we thought about throwing a cover song on too, but we just have too much new material. We are always playing songs from early on in our career that our die hard fans still love, and so we feel like we owe it to them to record it how we play it now, how we would have recorded it if we had the time, money, and skill back then. Someday soon, we would like to spend a decent amount of money on recording a live album over a few nights on a tour so that our fans can hear their favorites, old and new, as we play them now.

In many of your songs we come to expect some fresh metal riffs thrown in there? Who are some of the bands that have inspired this musical flavor to be a part of your music?
RD: DETHKLOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AP: Pantera, Metalica, James taylor to name a few.

GW: For me it was bands like Pantera and Metallica that inspired the metal inside of me back in the day. Now I like to listen to bands like 3 Inches of Blood and Deathclok. Those bands really know how to jam.

RB: I can't speak for everyone else, especially since we all have a pretty eclectic mix of bands that we listen too. I guess I will just try to list my favorite metal bands. Pantera, Metallica, Jeff Loomis, Killswitch Engage, Suicidal Tendencies, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Judas Priest, Dethklok, Hammerfall. We don't really sound like any of these band, but this is the type of heavier stuff that inspires me.

The Expendables full-metal-style album--is that a possibility?
RD: Probably not but anything is possible.

AP: There have been talks of a metal/punk split with slightly Stoopid but nothing for sure yet. That would be pretty sweet though.

GW: Yes its possible. We have thrown around the idea of making an all metal split album with Stoopid. But we have just talked about it, nothing solid.

RB: Some day I think it would be really cool to do full album that was more like a split EP. Half reggaeish/mellow songs, half metal, and you could approach it two ways. One way would be to just to have 12 to 20 different songs split up. I think a really cool way of approaching it would be to do the same 8 or ten songs two different ways. It would be interesting to see how we would re-write a song to turn it into a metal song and vice versa. 

Your cover of "Ganja Smuggling" is a sick remake of such a great classic song. Could you tell us a little about the influence Eek-A-Mouse has had on you sound. 
RD: Back in high school EEK played the Catalyst 3 times a month at the Catalyst and everyone went and our first real tour was a 3 week western state run with the mouse.

AP: "Eek-a-mouse was the first reggae concert I ever went to, and he took us on our first Semi-national tour. He just has this cool style and sound to him. It's a super unique style."

GW: The Mouse was my first reggae concert. I fell in love with reggae after that show. He also took us on our first real tour through the western states in 2004.

RB: When we were in high school we used to always go down to the Catalyst and check out Eek everytime he came through town. His live show always slayed, and so when Geoff brought us the song to cover we thought it was a great idea. Eek took us on our first real regional tour back in the winter of '04. He has such and impressive stage presence, and powerful voice that he floored us every night. I think his live show and his originality are what really inspired us. 

One of my favorite shows was when you toured with Pepper and Passafire and played "Don't Stop Believing" together at the end of the show. I went to every show in Texas for that tour and it did not disappoint. That song was by far a crowd pleaser to end the show with. Who's idea was it to play that song? 
RD: Pepper had the idea of doing a song for a "brodeo" and after a lot of suggestions the Journey song seemed like the best one to do.

AP: I'm not sure who came up with it but Pepper told us (Expendables and Passafire) that we needed to come up with a good song to play together for the end of the night or we were kicked off the tour. Some one suggested that song, we all agreed, So we practiced it once and played it that night. It was really fun to do everynight. If you play that song in any bar in America, the whole place starts singing it. Great song. 

GW: I cant remember who came up with playing that song but I had the most fun doing that every night. Pepper likes bringing up all the opening bands to play a song that at the end of their shows. They call it the brodeo. On that tour they had all us bands think of a song to jam at the end. Someone thought of Dont Stop Believing and we practiced it in soundcheck and everyone was like, "yeah this is the one, people are gonna flip". 

RB: Pepper always loves to do a brodeo at the end of their set when they are on tour. Partly because they're lazy, and partly because its fun to get all the bands together onstage to play a song or two. We were almost two weeks into the tour and still couldn't decide on a song. We were kicking around Motley Crue, and other hard rock songs and wanted to do something that everyone in the audience would know. Finally, our tour manager Shaun suggested Don't Stop Believing. Everyone instantly agreed, we learned it that night in Cleveland, and played in the next night in Philly. Surprisingly there were no real train wrecks, and we pulled it off every night after that. 

Being on the road for such long stretches must take its toll on you guys. How do you guys deal with being away from home for so long? Are there any crazy antics that go on?
RD: The way I cope is by smoking tons of weed and pouring tons of alcohol down my throat. Crazy things happen when best friends get wasted together. SAY NO TO DRUGS AND ALCOHOL.

AP: We pretty much try and have as much fun as possible. Some of us drink and thats fun. Some of do drugs and that's fun. In between all that is bible study and prayer meetings, and We like to eat, and that's fun. Oh yeah and a girl pooped in our van once.

GW: We try to be as comfortable as possible. When we were in a van and RV and it was really taxing on our bodies and good sleep was hard to come by. We travel in a bus now, which makes it ten times easier to get sleep. I also try to eat well. Many times on the road healthy food is hard to find. Gas station stops and late night diners don't have the healthiest selections to choose from and a month or two of that sort of diet makes you feel like crap. My cell phone is another necessity. Keeping in touch with loved ones at home is a great way to keep your sanity. 

RB: It's hard to be far from home for so long. I miss my bed, my family, and its hard to have a real relationship when you're always gone. But playing music is what we love to do, and you have to tour to be successful. It is a lot of fun, but it definitely takes its toll. I look at touring like the machine from the movie The Princess Bride. It sucks years from your life away. When you're on tour, you get destroyed physically and mentally. You don't sleep, eat, or exercise very well. You log more hours driving in a week than some people do in six months. Your liver starts to cry at the amount of alcohol shoved at you, and its not uncommon to wake up in a different state than you went to bed in. That's probably why most musicians look like they are turning 60 on their 30th birthday. Take 8 sweaty, drunk, horny guys and put them in a van, rv, or bus, (yes we've done all three) and of course you will get crazy antics and stories from the road. We even had a girl poop in a Cup o Noodles soup cup in our van and then hide it underneath a sleeping bag during a blizzard in Manhattan. But I digress, that's another story for another interview.

Are there any cities you purposely stay longer in to party hard after your show?
RD: Not really. Sometimes in florida just because.

AP: If we had a choice I would say New York or anywhere in Florida. Pretty much any city is a party waiting to happen. We don't have the luxary of picking what cities we stay longer in, sorry ladies.

GW: We love Florida. Its always hot and the shows are fun. We usually spend a week in Florida hitting up all the party towns. If we have a day off in Florida we sometimes try to make to Coco Beach and visit friends and hang on the beach before we move on. Its nice to get some saltwater on the skin after being on the bus for so long.

RB: When you're constantly on the road you end up meeting a lot of people. Over the years we have partied with a lot of really cool people and made some great friends so we usually plan days off in certain parts of the country to hang out with them, but it doesn't really matter where in the country we are. If the party is going off, we will stay and rage. 

I hear your shows in Guam are nuts! How would you describe the energy for those shows?
RD: The energy is like no other. You have all these locals that don't get exposed to a lot of live music(besides all the local ripping reggae bands) and for weeks the show gets heavily promoted on the island. So when we finally got on stage there was all this anticipation then, BANG!!! a big music explosion everywhere. They ate it up and loved it just as much as we did.

AP: Well we only have been there once. And it was the greatest time. Everyone there was so nice and was really into the music. I was super impressed by all the good bands out there. Every bar we went to had a kick as band playing. The show was incredable, I can't wait to go back there. 

GW: Guam was incredible. The vibe of shows are a little different than shows in the states. We played at an abandoned amusement park for a couple thousand people it was raging. However, people dont mosh out there so its it was kinda wierd playing our harder stuff. They definitely love to dance out there though. I also have a bunch of family living out there. To be able to meet them for the first time was a great opportunity to get in touch with my island roots. 

RB: Going to Guam was a new experience for us. We had to fly for 13 hours to a place we had never played before for our biggest crowd, and the reason is that we get played on the radio in Guam. "There were just thousands of kids that were so excited that we made the trip to Guam, and they really just loved music, and live music." We were a little concerned how our heavier music was going to be received, especially since the radio stations edit heavier parts of our music out (i.e. Sacrifice), but they fans loved all of it. We just fed off of their energy, and it made for a great concert. They were so appreciative of us, and we were so grateful to be there, that it was a really special concert for us. 

There are many summer tours that come through but, in my opinion, just don't pack that punch. You guys are teamed up with Silverback Management. who have some of the best artists in this genre. What do you think of a full summer tour with all the Silverback family?
RD: I think that would be a good idea.

AP: I think it would be great idea, not only are there great bands on the silver back roster, but everyone is really good friends too so it would also be a super fun tour as well.

GW: That would be such a killer tour. Maybe it will happen someday.

RB: It's something that I always hear being brought up, and kicked around. A Silverback summer tour would be great because we are friends with all of the bands on the roster. I don't know if it would ever happen, but I think all the bands would be excited to tour together. 

There has been one topic out there that has been receiving a lot of attention as of late. How do you feel about Sublime reuniting with a new lead singer? 

AP: Every band is different and I think that it's up to them. If they feel that it's the right thing to do, then more power to them.

GW: It is what it is. Sublime was a great band.

RB: Many bands have attempted to continue on without their dynamic frontman. Some have been successful, some have not, only time will tell. Ultimately its not my band, so its not my decision.

Other than the release of the new album, what else is in the works for The Expendables?
RD: Huge mega tour in jan and feb. We are bring a bunch of killer bands with us, Going to be announcing bands and dates soon.

AP: We have a big headlining tour comming up this winter.

GW: Just some ridiculous facial hair and our Winter tour. We are taking out some sweet bands with us that we think people need to hear, keep an eye on our webstie for more info

RB: A winter tour in 2010, hopefully a live album, and maybe an acoustic album.

Metallica or Pantera?
RD: Metallica

AP: Pantera

GW: Pantera

RB: Depends on the day of the week, but its monday so Pantera 

Better celebrity porn - Pamela or Paris?
RD: Pam

AP: Pam

GW: Pammy

RB: I've definitely torn one off to both, Pamela has the edge by far. 

Mickeys, Old English, or Schlitz?
RD: Old E

AP: Old English with orange juice. Poor man mimosas

GW: O.E.

RB: Mickeys straight, with OJ its OE. 

Amusement Park or Water Park?
RD: Water

AP: Water Park

GW: Neither

RB: Amusement Park 

PC or Mac?
RD: Mac

AP: Mac

GW: Mac, Garage Band is the shit

RB: Mac, Garage Band seals it

Family Guy or Simpsons?
RD: Family Guy

AP: Family guy but I like them both

GW: How about Metalocalypse!

RB: Simpsons

Goodfellas or Scarface?
RD: Scarface

AP: Goodfellas

GW: The Sopranos

RB: Goodfellas, I'm a Wop so I'm biased. 

Wii or PS3?
RD:  Wii


GW: I don't own that crap

RB: Solo PS3, friends Wii 

Dave Chapelle or Chris Rock?
RD: Chapelle by far

AP: Dave Chapelle 

GW: Chapelle

RB: Chapelle




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