PZO: As a band, what are your best qualities?
Stacey: We're very punctual. We're polite, we smell good, we're very clean,
we have clean apartments, and our bus is clean-it's a nice home away from
home. <continues to describe every detail of the bus>.
PZO: What's the worst advice you've ever been given?
Stacey: Make sure that I have a backup plan for my career. That's like
saying I want to be a musician-- that wasn't said by my parents by the
way they were very supportive, but at some point you have to come to grips
with reality and so maybe I'm not going to make a living as a musician,
but I was like sixteen years old and somebody at my school said to have
a backup plan because you're not going to become a professional musician.
I graduated in 1989 and that's a long time and I still haven't had a 'real'
day job. So, that's not too bad.
PZO: Is there a decision you hope you never have to make?
Stacey: Yeah, there is; whether I'm going to have American Hi-Fi as a
band or not. I hope I never have to make that decision. I love doing it
and I have fun doing it and I can't imagine doing anything else.
PZO: What's your favorite childhood memory?
Stacey: My parents are really big music fans when I was growing up and
they took me to see ABBA. I grew up in London, England and they took me
to see ABBA in 1980. I just remember watching the show and the people
in ABBA were all draped in flowing gowns and I thought the chick was a
totally hot. They had a rock band and a full orchestra in the middle and
the place was packed and the people were going crazy and I was like this
is what I want to do. What was cool about that was they took me to see
that at Wembley Arena and about two years ago we played Wembley Arena
with Sum 41. I called my parents and flew them over to watch the show
and I said something to the crowd like hey my parents are here and I told
the story about it and I said to give it up for my parents and like 20,000
people are like yeah! My mom was like crying and stuff.
PZO: That's cute.
Stacey: <laughs> My parents are super supportive. They'll
both show up in matching American Hi-Fi outfits. My dad has his shirt
tucked in with a weaved belt and loafers. <laughter> The
weave belt, you know what I'm talking about. <laughs>
PZO: Is there anything about your music that you'd like to improve
Stacey: Yeah, I mean there's nothing I want to change other than we always
try to reinvent ourselves every album. We're ready to put out a third
record and each one is different than the other one yet they all still
sound like the same band. We're really inspired by bands like The Beatles,
Blur, The Stones and bands that always try to break the mold. We really
made a conscious effort not to make the same record every time. We could
have very easily molded two or three records to sound the same as "Flavor
of the Week" just pop punk all the way through. We wanted to push
ourselves to do something more. I think this new record really shows that.
There are a couple of songs that would sound like what we used to do,
but they're really stretched out on this new record.
PZO: What are you most proud of on the new record?
Stacey: The fact that we made a record on our own. We were on Island Records
for two albums. We made this record on our own, we used our own money
and everything. We made our own studio. We have our own studio now in
Los Angeles that I share with a couple of guys. We just did it without
anybody's help or approval or input and it was really cool. I think it's
the best record we've made. We're all really proud of that.
PZO: If you could pass a law what would it be?
Stacey: That's a lofty question. How can I answer that in two seconds?
We'll come back to that.
PZO: What do you have in your pockets right now?
Stacey: <begins to take out everything> Cell phone <we
discuss his high tech phone while he reads his email off it>, and
my wallet [Louis Vuitton if you are all wondering].
PZO: What band or artist would like to see call it quits?
Stacey: Well Creed already did. <long discussion on how Creed finally
PZO: What is one thing you would not do no matter how much money you
Stacey: I don't think I would jump out of an airplane with a parachute.
I just don't think I could handle it. I'm totally afraid of heights. I
might not have sex with a man, but I might. <laughter> For
the right money. <laughter> I would not kill somebody or
anything like that. I don't think I could eat dog poop.
PZO: What is your favorite line from one of your songs?
Stacey: I don't know. I don't really sit around thinking of how great
my songs are or what my favorite parts are. My favorite song is called
"Happy". But I don't think I have a favorite line.
PZO: What was the last good deed you did?
Stacey: My friend and I were walking to the gym to play basketball and
there was this old lady getting out of her car with grocery bags and a
walker and she was really struggling, so we helped her carry her groceries
into her house. I think she was kind of skeptical at first. She probably
thought we were going to do something weird to her. She was so psyched
when we were actually helping her. She was blown away.
PZO: What's your motto for life?
Stacey: I don't know. I think I'm a firm believer in karma. I try to do
the whole onto others kind of situation, but not like a biblical reference
PZO: Which celebrity would you kidnap for a day?
Stacey: What could I do with them?
PZO: Anything you want.
Stacey: Based on the last movie I saw [Closer], I would say Natalie Portman.
PZO: Back to if you could pass a law, what would it be?
Stacey: <thinks> Oh, gay marriage. I would definitely pass
that law. It sucks for them. They don't get the benefits that you do when
you're a man and a woman. Who cares? That's the one I'd pass.