- Wed, 2009-10-14 14:24
The Grammy nominated quartet of singer/guitarist Jaret Reddick, guitarist Chris Burney, bassist Erik Chandler and drummer Gary Wiseman have released their tenth full length album - Sorry For Partyin'. Bowling For Soup have sold millions of albums worldwide during their career to date, made countless TV and movie appearances and toured tirelessly throughout their career, playing a total of over 3,000 shows so far!
I Like Music caught up with lead singer Jaret to find out more about Sorry For Partyin', his inspirations, writing songs and the music he's been listening to recently.
"I Like Music because…it cures what ails. It makes me happy when I am sad, sad when I wanna be sad, madder when I wanna be mad. Makes me laugh...makes me cry...IT is the Dog's Bollocks!” Jaret, Bowling For Soup
ILM: What can we expect from Sorry For Partying? How does it sound, what are some of the highlights?
Jaret: It sounds amazing...I produced it with Linus of Hollywood, and I think it has a sonic punch that we have not achieved until now...I am SO proud of this one...I can't even begin to tell you...I love the songs so much......I feel like we are at another level as a band and despite being old men now, we still got it!
ILM: What is the Bowling For Soup process of making music, how does it all come together and how do you like to work?
Jaret: I write in my studio or with friends. Usually based around a concept I have in the shower or while sleeping. I do rough demos and then the band get together and mess around with the songs. We then record demos, and use the demos as templates in the studio for the real thing. The hard part is that I write a LOT of songs. I wrote 60 or so for this album! We recorded 25 and had to narrow it down to 13... whew! That was tough!
ILM: All of your songs have a very strong comedy element, what have been some of the funniest moments throughout your time in the band?
Jaret: We laugh constantly.Until it hurts a lot of times. Last weekend Gary said I am so sore from laughing I feel like I broken a rib All of our stories start with One time we were really hammered and.... then insanity ensues....Good times!
ILM: Have you ever written any music/songs in a style or genre different to your own or under a different name?
Jaret: I do it all the time. I write songs for other artists or for my own use, whatever. Erik and I have a little side thing. Nothing serious...but it's more of an Americana type sound. I like all kinds of music...everything...So getting into things from a writers perspective is always a fun challenge.
ILM: Who/what are your musical inspirations?
Jaret: I am inspired by anything and everything. Life, TV, friends, family. I think my lyric style comes from listening to a lot of country music growing up. Thus the story-telling we do so often. I draw a lot from hair metal because I feel it shaped me as a kid....Ramones, The Descendants, Bad Religion...shit...put all of that in a pot and stir it and you have BFS...!
ILM: What can we expect from the Party In Your Pants UK Tour?
Jaret: More fun than you can shake a stick at! And a show a little bit different to all the ones we have ever done before. I am very excited!
ILM: Out of all the live shows you have played, which have been the most memorable?
Jaret: The bad ones usually stand out! They are few and far between, but when a show sucks, for whatever reason, it's hard to forget. But, playing the main stage at Reading/ Leeds and then Download...Whew! Can't beat that shit....!
ILM: When you look back over your career so far, what have been the main highlights for you?
Jaret: China, Japan. Like I said, Reading and Leeds, Download, the Grammy nod....Gosh...So many! We are truly blessed.
ILM: What would be your advice for anyone who wants to pursue a career in music?
Jaret: Do what you love. Surround yourself with people you like and that have common interests and goals....Communicate!
ILM: What's the best thing about being a member of Bowling For Soup?
Jaret: Free beer and shoes...and I am with my best friends on the planet 24/7!
ILM: What music have you been listening to recently?
Jaret: Katy Perry, Bayside, The Beatles remasters. Bowling For Soup...ha ha!
ILM: Out of all the live gigs you have seen, which will you never forget and why?
Jaret: Slipknot at Reading Festival 2000! It was one of the greatest moments of my life! They were so fucking good and tight and I couldn't believe I was watching them! I wish I could see them play right now!