What aspect of the music business would you like to change?
Rob: If it were possible, I wish there was a way to give bands that have
been working for years or working really hard, the opportunity to get
seen by some of the bigger labels as opposed to a label just spotting
a band out of nowhere and being like, Oh, ok, lets sign that
band. Theyre the next big thing! I think itd be great
to see bands that deserve to get the recognition actually get the recognition,
You were recently in Europe doing a couple of shows; what would you say
were the highlights of that part of the tour?
Rob: Easily it was probably the first night. A.F.I. was going over to
Europe just to do one show, and we were there at the same time, so they
were like, you can hop on the show. So we played in front of 2,000 kids
in London and it was just insane. They were so good. It was just so much
fun! It was our first time in the U.K. and the kids were amazing; we were
all shocked. We didnt think it would be that good. Since we had
never been there before, we had no idea what to expect. Its one
of those happy endings.
Whats the best prank youve pulled?
Rob: Well, its easier to remember the pranks that were done on you
cause I think those are the times that you feel it most.
Rob: It was our last time with H20, almost a year ago, and we were starting
to play and suddenly the guy singing up front was like, This is
really odd; it smells like fish onstage. It smells like tuna. Then
the H20 guys started laughing and we were like, whats going on?
They get closer to the mike and they unscrew the mike; they had put tuna
all in the mikes the whole time!
Rob: Then while we were playing they were just throwing, I have never
seen this much food; it was insane, they were throwing grapes at us. Throwing
every kind of food. It was real funny.
Are there any fairly unknown bands from New Jersey that you think other
people should check out?
Rob: Yeah, theres Welcome Home Travis who are awesome, theyre
from New Jersey. I want to see them go on tour soon; that would be really
great. Theres a band I like a lot called Run Away Orange from New
Jersey. A great band, they just moved to California from New Jersey, called
Days Away. Youll definitely hear from them soon; if they start touring
like crazy theyll be the next big thing.
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Is there something people couldnt pay you to do?
Rob: You can pay me to do a lot of things, I guess...take out your garbage...what
are you asking?! I dont understand!
PZO: Let me rephrase it...is there something you wouldnt do no matter
how much money they offered you?
Rob: No way! If someone offered you like a billion dollars youd
do it. Except killing! I would not kill anybody, how about that? Is that
PZO: Yeah, thats fair.
Rob: Ok. Thats fair. Good.
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Whats your best childhood memory?
Rob: <to random onlooker> Whats your best childhood
Random Onlooker: Riding bikes.
Rob: Um, definitely not riding bikes.
Rob: Cause I remember...I was the kid that had to go up on the curb
to get on the two-wheeler bike and youd go about a quarter mile
down the street and youd fall and scrape your elbows and the side
of your shoulder. Yeah. So my favorite childhood memory...well, I remember
my one friend, Mike Ward. I was about 5 years old, no 6 years old, and
he was probably 8, and we thought it would be really funny to...well,
there was this table full of holes and I was like, Dude, put your
finger in it. Just do it! So his finger got caught in the table
and we tried to get it out with Vaseline and everything and there was
nothing we could do; we had to call the cops!
Rob: The cops came over, Im 6 years old, and my 8 year old friend
is like getting cut out of this table and theres 2 cop cars in my
driveway. Its not really a good thing, though. So I dont know
where my minds at.
How did you guys get involved with the making of the Weezer tribute album?
Rob: Um, Dread Records. They just gave us a call, they might have seen
us at a show and came up to us and asked us, so we did it. We recorded
[Susanne] like a long time ago, but it just took forever to get out. Its
a really good compilation; Ive heard a few Weezer compilations,
and thats one of the better ones, I think.
PZO: Im gonna have to go out and get it then.
Rob: Yeah, its a good deal.
Your next album, "Living Well Is The Best Revenge", is going
to be coming out in April...
Rob: The 16th!
PZO: Yeah, I saw that on the site! What can your fans expect not to hear?
Rob: Well, I can tell you what they are going to hear. Um, its definitely
Midtown. You know, youre gonna know its Midtown when you hear
it. Its definitely the same vain, were not just gonna play
one punk song, or one pop song, or one rock song. Its all over the
place again. Which is good! I mean, I like diversity cause then
you dont get as bored, you know? So, but I think were growing
and were starting to get our own sound. I think you can kind of
hear it evolve into that.
So in April youre also going to be starting another tour with The
Movielife and Thrice and Face to Face...
Rob: Yeah, we actually leave March 20th to April 3rd and were gonna
do a whole bunch of smaller markets in the U.S. with Piebald, and I think,
Brand New is one some shows. Armor For Sleep is one some shows too; thats
another band from New Jersey. Armor For Sleep: I think theyre gonna
blow up too. Um, and then after that we meet up with Movielife, Face to
Face, and Thrice and I think thats April 4th all the way to May
18th that were going to be on that tour. And then we go straight...I
dont know if I should say it so early if its definite, but
I think were gonna go to Europe again with The Movielife. Im
very excited for that.
PZO: And then youre also gonna be doing part of the Warped Tour,
Rob: Yeah, I think we got West Coast Warped Tour dates this year. So,
yeah, thats all I know so far.
Is there a certain tour or tours that stand out from the rest?
Rob: I mean, like, I dont think you can deny that the Blink tour
was just like...its just one of those things... when youre
a little kid, even if you dont play music, you can just imagine
like playing in an arena. Its almost a joke to think that I played
a show in an arena, you know? Cause Bon Jovis supposed to
do that stuff, not me! <laughs> That was definitely one of
the highlights of life, if you can imagine. Its hard to make sure
not to fuck up in front of like, 15,000 people!
How do you deal with putting on a show even if youre feeling like
Rob: Well, its usually not so bad. The hardest part is not even
mentally, but physically when youre really sick. Playing on a stage,
and the lights are like 110 degrees on the stage, and you just almost
want to pass out. Its just one of those things where you keep on
driving to do more and see how far you can go with it. I mean, there have
been times where Ive almost passed out. But I havent passed
out yet! But if I do, at least...I guess thats kind of cool, right?
Cause youre rocking out so hard you pass out.
Save The World, Lost The Girl was sort of centered on bad relationships...
Rob: Yeah, bad relationships, friendships...
PZO: Does your next album also have a specific theme?
Rob: Life definitely, I think for all of us, life probably got a little
better since Save The World. But you still have the songs about a lot
of the same issues, cause you still go through a lot of the same
things, you know? Were still not at the point where we can be all
happy and sing about oh, girls, and Im so happy, and you know, beer...I
dont know, thats not us, and thats not really...its
not really our live either.
Would you ever go back to high school if you could?
Rob: Absolutely not because Im 24 and graduated high school about
8 years ago. <laughs> No, wait, that was 6 years ago.
Rob: See, see how good I am with that...am I sure I graduated? Nah, but
actually, I went through 4 years of college and I was very close to finishing.
So Ill go back one day. Do I have spinach in my teeth, right here?
<points to teeth>
PZO: <laughs> No, you dont.
Rob: Okay, good.
Whats the weirdest place someone has recognized you?
Rob: Um, malls are definitely not weird...and uh...damn, I should know
this. Oh! Probably...well, this is kinda weird. We were at a gas station
in Europe in England and some kids came up to us and said hey, you guys
are Midtown! Im like, Europe?! What the hell is this all about?!
So that was really cool. Thats definitely been the weirdest place
So how do you guys know Rachel from the Real World?
Rob: We played a show a long time ago, before any of that Real World stuff
or anything, in Columbia, Missouri where she was going to school. It was
us, Reel Big Fish, and Catch 22, and she was just, she was the one person
at the show, this was like a while ago, that knew who we were and liked
our stuff. So we were just hanging out with her. Then about 4 or 6 months
later we were talking, cause we kept in touch or whatever and we
were talking to her, and she was like I got on the Real World. We were
like, wow, really? So it was just like that. Its one of those random
things where you dont expect it and it just happens.
What event in your life has had the greatest impact on you?
Rob: Probably leaving college and doing this full time. Like, just to
drop everything in your life, absolutely everything, like your family,
basically relationships that you have. Cause you dont get
to see anyone in your life anymore, just leave and travel the country
nonstop and play shows every night. So thats probably whats
had the biggest impact on my life so far.
Who came up with the concept for the Just Rock N Roll video?
Rob: I think Richard or Stephanie at Drive-Thru did; they were all about
the Bar Mitzvah.
PZO: <laughs> Yeah! I saw the video a while ago; its
Rob: Exactly. Hopefully people know what Bar Mitzvahs are in the first
place. <laughs> Then they can understand the concept.
Is there anything youd like to say to your fans?
Rob: Um, this year has been awesome. So thank you! Everybody. Hopefully
everyone will get the new album so we can see everyone at the shows singing
along. That would be rad; that would be great! Did I say rad?
PZO: <laughs> Yeah, you did.
Rob: <laughs> I said rad. You can put that in there, too.