Things seemed to be going well for Kara's Flowers, playing with Reel Big
Fish and Goldfinger, a steady fan base,what lead you guys to the decision
to start in a new musical direction?
Adam: Umm..I don't think it really was a conscious decision. I just think
the songs started changing, our musical tastes started changing. We were
evolving as a band. It really wasn't a conscious decision. I think all
bands are evolved from their influences and those changed. That's basically
Is there anything that you miss or regret from making that decision?
Adam: Not at all. I couldn't possibly be any happier.
What was it about Octone Records that made you decide to sign with them?
Adam: Umm..they had a really--we wanted to do a grass roots approach opposed
to spending millions of dollars and throwing it against the wall and seeing
what sticks. They were really, you know, a lot smaller and I think a lot
more passionate about signing the band. A lot of these labels, you know,
big record label types are sometimes a little bit laissez and kind of
indifferent. But they were really excited and super passionate about it.
That's why we went with them.
You're on the Jeep World Outside Festival; what have you enjoyed the most
Adam: We've actually only done about 4 dates, but they've been steadily
getting better and better. It's great. There are some great bands there;
making some good friends and obviously playing shows in front of people
is...awful <laughs> the best thing in the world.
Do you have any guilty pleasures, as far as musical tastes go?
Adam: Umm..oh my God. Most of my taste is guilty pleasure.
Adam: Hmm..guilty pleasure...what..do I have a guilty pleasure taste,
James? Like in music or bands.
<James yells something back>
Adam: Umm..James and Ryan are here with me. I wonder if..you know..like...<mumbles>..umm...let
me think about it. I don't know. That's a really tough question. <laughs>
I have to think about that question. Let's move
on and I'll think about it as we continue.
PZO: How much control do you have over what your merchandise, such as
t-shirts, looks like?
Adam: All of it.
PZO: All of it?
Adam: Well, most of it. I think you have to have at least a couple of
things with the cover art and you know the album art designs. Everything
else we chose our own designer. We've been working with him and he's awesome.
We really love him. So yeah, we have most of the control over that.
What would your perfect personal ad state about yourself?
Adam: A personal ad?
Adam: Wow. It would say young, fun, and crazy. Enjoys going out on long
walks. No, I don't like that: on long walks. No actually, I'd rather drive.
Adam: Long drives on the beach.
Adam: I would never in a million years put in a personal ad, so now I
am on the spot. I don't know. Don't date me. I am crazy.
Adam: That's what it would be. Don't date me. I am crazy. That's what
my personal ad would say.
PZO: Then you get all these phone calls.
Adam: Well, yeah. Right. <laughs>
What is your favorite line from a movie?
Adam: Umm..favorite line from a movie. Favorite line from a movie is...it
can't be dirty, can it?
PZO: If you want it to be.
Adam: How about..."Don't fuck with the Jesus."
PZO: What movie is that from?
Adam: The Big Lebowski.
PZO: Ah, that seems to be a common movie among musicians.
Adam: But you know what, I just realized that is so cliche for me to do
that. No, forget that. Let me think of a better one. Umm..how about...<to
James and Ryan> What's a line from Liar Liar? <they
think> Like one line. Alright, I know this is annoying.
PZO: No, it's fine.
Adam: A really funny one. These are difficult questions. Ferris Bueller?
<To the guys> No, 'cause everyone quotes The Big Lebowski.
What about---sorry, this is so annoying.
PZO: Don't worry about it.
Adam: How about....<silence> what's my favorite movie of
all time? That's a good question. Okay, "I think Annette's tits are
getting bigger." "Yeah, I noticed the A and E started to bend
around the sides."
PZO: What's that from?
Adam: That's from Stand By Me. <laughs>
What has been the most shocking moment in rock and roll history to you?
Adam: The most shocking moment in rock and roll history probably...I mean
I guess the one that shocked everybody the most was when John Lennon got
shot. You know what's interesting actually? I have to say because it was
during my lifetime and it was when I was kind of growing up; 'cause we
didn't really have much rock tragedy when we were younger. For our lifetimes,
I guess. Kurt Cobain killed himself, that was really shocking 'cause we
were all huge fans and he was somebody that was one of our heroes when
we were young and I think that had a tremendous impact on us at the time.
But I think that...hmmm...when Kurt Cobain got shot. Yeah, I'd have to
If you could be someone's slave for a day, who would you pick?
Adam: Someones slave?
Adam: Umm..Britney Spears.
PZO: <laughs> Just her?
Adam: No, no. Someones slave for a day
I would love to be <silence>
probably Missy Elliott. Missy Elliotts slave. Yeah, Missy Elliotts
PZO: That would be fun.
Adam: That would be awesome. She would tell me what to do, that would
great. Shes one one of the greatest people in hip hop, I think.
Are there any cities where each time you perform there you always have
Adam: Not really. I mean its pretty random. The mishaps are randomly
selected. We havent been to each city enough yet to kind of assess
where those bad luck cities would be. So, Ill get back to you on
What's the craziest thing you've seen a fan do to get your attention?
Adam: Wow. Somebody just asked me this question and I couldnt answer
it. I cant answer questions very well, Im sure youve
PZO: You're doing fine. Apparently, no one has done anything that stood
Adam: The fans dont like me, they think I am arrogant and stand-offish.
PZO: Oh really?
Adam: Yeah, they like everyone else in the band a lot better.
Adam: So I dont know. They havent done much to get my attention.
PZO: Alright, then were going to have to hire some people to do
Adam: Exactly, so I can have a good story to tell you.
Are there any new bands out there that you support and wish the very best
of luck to make it?
Adam: Yes, I think Phantom Planet, whos already kind of making it.
PZO: Oh yeah, and Rooney.
Adam: Yes, Rooney, Phantom Planet and Rilo Kiley.
PZO: Yeah, good bands.
Adam: Those bands are L.A. bands that are extraordinarily talented.
PZO: How did you all meet?
Adam: We just kind of all met through mutual friends.
What was the last good deed you did?
Adam: Good dead that I did?
Adam: Gave somebody on the street some change, a few dollars. That was
the last, literally the last good deed that I did cause that was
If you could have the original of anything what would you want it to be?
Adam: I would like to have
one of Stevie Wonders...nah, that
You know what I want? I want the hat that Stevie wore in this TV appearance
that he did for Superstition in the 70s. Its really
famous. Im sure you see it everywhere. Its like this green
pimped out assed hat. I want that hat. Does that count as the original?
PZO: Yes, but would you wear it?
Adam: I would definitely wear it cause Im not like a memorabilia
person. But I would wear it and be like this is what Stevie Wonder used
to wear in the 70s. Its badass.
PZO: What if someone stole it or it got ruined?
Adam: I dont think anyone would steal it cause I would keep
a serious eye on it. Any property or anything that I have that I love
or hold dear, I fully look after. Id rather ruin it from wearing
it than having it sit in a case or something, you know what I mean? Even
if I ruined it, once I ruined it then I would put it in the case.
PZO: What thought or sentiment would you like to put in fortune cookies?
Adam: Live well as you possibly can.
PZO: Thats very good.
PZO: When and where has someone embarrassed you the most?
Adam: You know a thing with those embarrassing moment questions is that
I dont get embarrassed. Well, I definitely would be easy to embarrass.
I dont think people
people dont take shots at me. Its
weird. What is the most embarrassing thing? Well
it was kind of embarrassing,
but no one did it to embarrass me. I was just embarrassed by it. Eh, no
Adam: Nobody really goes to great lengths to embarrass each other in our
circle of friends cause we respect each other and we dont
want to make each other mad. <laughs>
What question(s) are you tired of being asked in interviews?
Adam: "Who is Jane?"
PZO: Thats why I did not ask that question.
Okay, did you think of an answer for the musical guilty pleasure question?
Adam: Guilty pleasure. Umm
the way that I see it is if I genuinely
like something then I dont feel guilty about it, you know what I
PZO: Yeah, thats a good point.
Adam: So like, I guess a guilty pleasure song would be Im
A Slave For You by Britney Spears. I think its an amazing
song. But, I actually think its a brilliant song. I think its
really well produced cause I think The Neptunes are geniuses. I
would listen to that song and not feel guilty about it, you know what
PZO: Yeah, but other people would make fun of you for listening to it.
Adam: Exactly cause I think people are sometimes a little narrow
minded. Yeah, if I like something and I truly like it
I guess it
would have to be something I know is bad, but like it for some reason.