|Bowling For Soup interview
via email * December 27, 2002
BurningStars.net: How did you come up with such a unique name?
Jaret: We stole it of course! From a Steve Martain comedy album.
BS: Which bands influence your song writing?
Jaret: I really can't say I am influenced by certain bands directly, though I do hear influences here and there. It is more an
accumulation of everything I grew up listening to, melded together into a sticky, lite, but not nutritious, snack.
BS: When did you realize you wanted to play music?
Jaret: When I heard Ozzy do Crazy Train in 1984.
BS: How do you go about writing a song? Do you write the words or the music first? Does one person write the songs
or do you collaborate?
Jaret: I write the songs and get them into some sort of form that I can present the band. I talk them through each one and they all
add their own little touches here and there. It varys though, whether I write the words or music first. I do both. I guess I am bi, in
BS: How did the idea come about to dress up as Staind, Slipknot and Limp Bizkit in your video for Girl All The Bad
Jaret: We had been drinking heavily.
BS: How's the tour going so far?
Jaret: It is going great. Happy to have a little time off for the holidays, but exited to get back out on the road after the first of the
BS: What are your favourite songs to play live?
Jaret: Surf Colorado, I Don't Wanna Rock. All Figured Out.
BS: What are the best and worst places you have ever played at?
Jaret: They were the same show at a hillbilly cafe in Broken Bow Oklahoma. The sign said "come dine and dance to the rock and
roll and country sounds of Bowling For Soup". That was the first night we drank moonshine. We played All Along The Watch
Tower for two and a half hours because no one wanted to hear our songs. What a night!
BS: Which do you like better: Indoor or outdoor shows?
Jaret: Indoor if it is small, out door if it is big.
BS: Large venues or small clubs?
Jaret: Both have a different vibe. It is always nice to play the big rock shows, but something about a club really makes for a fun
night. Plus we get to talk more, because the people can actually understand us.
BS: You're going to tour with Simple Plan in Jan & Feb, how did this come about?
Jaret: I am not sure, but it is going to be loads of fun. We like Canadians.
BS: Any funny tour stories you'd like to share? Any embarrassing moments?
Jaret: I don't ever really get embarrassed. Although I have been known to bare my ass.
BS: Have you had any strange fan encounters?
Jaret: A few, but for the most part, our fans are normal like us. Ha that sounded funny!
BS: How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard your music before?
Jaret: We are a rock and roll train wreck!
BS: What do you do in your spare time?
Jaret: Hang out at home and get caught up on emails and other band stuff. I am starting to write a new album right now, so that
is pretty much it.
BS: If you could tour with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Jaret: GG Allen! I always wanted to see someone roll around in his own feces.
BS: Do you play pranks on people you're touring with or other members of the band?
Jaret: Constantly! We once stole a drummers drum set during the a bands last song. And another time dressed Chris up as a
waitress and he served chicken wings to everyone in the first few rows.
BS: Any advice for aspiring musicians?
Jaret: Persistence and perseverance are key and have a good time. It could all end tomorrow. Nothing is worth heartache.
BS: Do you have any questions for me?
Jaret: Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near?