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The new tunes you guys have been releasing are excellent. When can we expect a new release that these songs may show up on and can we get any exclusives on an album title?

 Thanks! We’ll be working in the studio over the winter. Looking forward to having something out by the spring. I hate to try and put and put a date on releases. Schedules are always changing and you never really know what ‘s gonna happen. "Even after 8 hours in the van and hungover, we can still find the energy to rock another show. It’s all from doing this so long."

No album titles yet. I’ve always had a few floating around in my head, but we’ll probably wait and see how the album feels as it comes along.

You do not see many guests on albums in this scene. Can we maybe expect that on the next album? If so who would you like to collaborate with if it happens?

We’ve had guests on certain songs in the past. We had a horn section from our friends’ band Case of the Mondays come down and play on “Fear of Rejection”. That was on the independent pressing of “Cheers!”. Also had kid play steel drums on “Somewhere Tropical”.

We’ve had people join us on stage, that’s a lot of fun. On our 2008 Fall Tour, we teamed up with The Dirty Heads for a few weeks and Dirty J used to rap on our song called “Groove Rock” and then I would sing on “Stand Tall” or “Neighborhood”. I usually join The B Foundation on “Bellyfloppin’” and The Mike Pinto Band’s “Backburner”.

I think fans enjoy seeing that stuff. Makes the show more intimate and also shows the respect between the artists. As for album guests, I haven’t ever given it much thought. Most of our tunes haven’t really called for it. It’s not out of the question though.

Howi, I know how much of a fan you are of Green Day. Have there been any attempts to try and get on a tour with them?

Wow, those guys are on such a different level. They’re not as accessible as a band like 311, Pepper, or Stoopid. Not saying we would never try, but we’d have to be doing some pretty big shit to get on a tour like that. I would die insanely happy if that ever happened.

Ballyhoo! And The B Foundation seems to tour together at least once a year. As a big fan this is always welcome in my city. How did these two bands originally meet?

We love those guys! Yeah, Jason and I started talking on the phone periodically in 2007. We were on opposite coasts but we could see each other coming up. It was pretty much a no-brainer to hook up a tour. One of the biggest and best things a band can do is find another band from a completely different area that compliments your sound and swap shows to help each other break into new markets.

Anyway, we did the 2008 Surf Roots Tour which was like 9 weeks long. We ended becoming really good friends. We even call each other just to talk like a bunch of chicks. Ha ha.

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Both of you guys were on the Ehh Brah Party tour with The Supervillains. What is the preparation like for your lungs and liver for a tour like that?

We’ve been conditioned for a while now. Constant touring really whips you into shape, if I may. Definitely unhealthy, but if you’re talking about keeping up with the other bands, we can hold our own. There’s a certain way to pace yourself to stay in the game. Ha ha. Although, usually once the show is over and get to an after party or something, I’m done drinking and go pass out somewhere.

Even after 8 hours in the van and hungover, we can still find the energy to rock another show. It’s all from doing this so long.

Short Ehh Brah Party Tour Questions:

Which stop on the tour are you most excited about?

Denver is always a great time. So is Santa Cruz. And Florida.

Who will be the first of all three bands to pass out heavily drunk?

I’m gonna go with our drummer, Big D.

Smoking device of choice while out on the tour?

Silver Surfer Vape!

Back to the interview

With the fact that all 3 bands know each other well, especially Ballyhoo and The B Foundation, do pranks ever enter into the daily routines on these kinds of tours?

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We are really bad at end of tour pranks. The B got us really good on the 2009 Summer tour. Walked out of our van wrapped end to end in gay porn. Just dude-on-dude everywhere you looked. It was great.

Your most recent release titled “Cheers” was put out two different times. What was the reason for this?

Surfdog Records from San Diego checked us out and wanted to re-release it. We thought it would be great to have an album in stores for people to see on the shelves. Fans went and bought it again, it was definitely nice to hit a record store somewhere in the US and see it there between Bad Company and Christina Aguilera. Ha ha.

What are the 5 most important thing you do prior to a tour and 5 most important things you do while on tour?

Before Tour: Make sure the bills are paid. Prep the van. Buy more drum sticks. Really, really take in those last couple nights in your own bed.

On Tour: Wake up. Get there on time. Find a beer store. Rock the show. Find a place to stay. …

See how the necessities change?

When you play a city and the crowd is not as packed as you would like, how do you target that city to make sure it is different when you get back there?

Play hard anyway. Let them see you’re having a blast. Then get down and have some drinks, hang out with the crowd. Give out free cd’s, flyers, stickers, whatever you’ve got. This is how we’ve made a lot of friends around the country. And then maybe next time, those people will bring their friends. It’s always a work in progress.

What is the worst experience you guys have had on the road?

The van caught on fire.

Living Stereo Tour 2006, our first real tour. Middle of the night, we’re driving through Mississippi. The van suddenly stops on the side of the road and we hear “Everybody get the fuck out of the van!”. I jumped out with just my shorts on and landed on some thorny brush with my bare feet. I look to the right and there are flames shooting out from underneath the van. Our bass player J.R. grabs the fire extinguisher and exactly figure out how to work it, I extend my arm asking how I could help. A second later I see this white powder chemical mist flying at my face at like 100mph. With my face is covered in extinguisher solution, I make my way over to the guardrail and as I step over, I slash the top of my foot open, spraying blood all over Scott’s shorts.ballyhoo-winter-tour

J.R. put the fire out and got towed 2 hours to our destination. I don’t know how we fucking survived that tour.

Lets end this with the speed round

Rich or Famous?

Both.

Physical Album or Downloads?

A completely different area.

Mixed Martial Arts or Boxing?

Street Fighter 2 Turbo.

Bruno or Borat?

Borat

Green Day or 311?

Green Day

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