Band Aparte 04


     He really did change the way movies were made.

Yeah! And I was just obsessed with him and I would just check out everything at the school library.

    That’s one of the reasons I came up to you and wanted to talk to you other than giving a good   performance.

Yeah, we were playing music and I was just jamming and I thought, what would be a good band name? And I was in my room one day and I had the Criterion Collection of the Bande Aparte film and it translates to Band of Outsiders and I thought, that could be an interesting band name. But we’ll fuck with the spelling and then I totally forgot that Quentin Tarantino’s production company is also the name, which I don’t really care for Tarantino. It’s is funny because people will ask, “Oh, are you named after Tarantino’s company?” I’m like, no not really. I mean, I like Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction like everyone else but it’s not my favorite thing. The reason why I stuck with it is I saw more of a human and cultural experience. The notion of banding apart is what everyone must do at one point, you know, you band apart from your family to become an individual and it’s usually setting yourself away from something. And the phrase is really nice you can plug it into anything. You can band apart from all these situations.

    I was reading a lot of your lyrics and there is a sense of alienation and it does correlate with being an outsider.

Always. I don’t want to be cliche or anything but there are a lot of existential references. Being tied down or alienated from your work or certain relationships and sometimes you have to get away and I always think of certain Band Aparte songs as kind of road music. Get in the car and go, like you have to get away. I don’t know why, but those questions have always been interesting. A lot of it is saying goodbye to certain memories. They’re gone.


    Were you going through an existential crisis when you wrote Get the Gun? (haha)

No, I was not…or it’s possible I’m always going through that but for the most part I think I can deal with any life situation. There’s no doubt that I tend to think about that stuff more than the average human being. But for me, that comes with the territory of studying philosophy. A lot of my favorite philosophers are trying to deal with the same things.


(Food comes)

Waitress: These two plates are so hot you don’t want to touch them. Would you like another Stella?

    Yes, please.

I don’t know if everyone has this thought but there’s a thought sometimes that modern life is terrifying. We were actually gonna make a video of this song. I’m not sure what’s gonna happen but we had this idea of just following this woman around and it kinda seems like she wants to die but will never do so. We all have those thoughts sometimes and some of the motivating factors of those thoughts are: we get up and you see war on the television and you see people getting murdered, people are homeless. It’s all written with anxiety in a weird way. I think all those modern things or post-modern, if you will, factors so much. And you try to navigate yourself and try to do what you think is right and wrong and you just keep going and it’s being anxious in a modern time. So it’s that in a nutshell.

    Welcome In seemed to be a very optimistic song and kinda the other side of that.

It was an interesting moment last night, actually, we did not get to play that song because it has weird tuning on the guitar and that song is dedicated to Josh’s dad who passed away a year ago yesterday. He was too drunk to play the song last night. It’s almost as if, why couldn’t you play it? Was there something else there? This morning is when I thought this…. I forgot what I was going to say…