PZO: As a band, what are your best qualities?
Forrest: Umm…I don’t know. We never take things too seriously which I think is good. We just have a lot of fun. We let things be casual. Let things be whatever they turn out to be and that’s like okay, you know? Don’t set your heart too hard on something then it doesn’t happen and you’re all pissed off. Whatever kind of happens we just try to enjoy it. That’s kind of a good thing I think.
PZO: What has been the band’s biggest decision in the past year?
Forrest: Biggest decision in the past year? I mean there’s been a lot of big decisions in the past year. We started doing another record. That wasn’t really a decision, but all the decisions that go into making a record—there’s like a gazillion. We had member changes. Those were big decisions. Those are the major ones I guess.
PZO: What is your best childhood memory?
Forrest: My best childhood memory flat out?
Forrest: Wow. I don’t know. I loved---We would hang out on the west coast here, the northern west coast a lot. We are kind of southern west coast right now, I guess.
PZO: Central coast.
Forrest: Central, perfect. We’d go down to Monterrey. We had a beach house in Oregon. I lived in Oregon. I had a lot of good times there. We had a beach house in Oregon that had a graveyard on either side. We would go into the graveyard with Ouija boards and make movies—like fake movies. Except I had two older sisters and I was the youngest. So I was their bitch. I had to play whatever they wanted. I was the devil most of the time. I played the devil.
PZO: What event on your life had the greatest impact on you?
Forrest: One single event? Again, I don’t know. I moved around a lot. It’s kind of hard to say how that really affects you, I guess. But it seems like that’s kind of made me comfortable with moving around and meeting people and stuff. I moved every couple of years because my parents were realtors. I grew up in California which was nice. It seems like everyone in California kind of has a laid back attitude. But as for a single event? I don’t know. One time on Easter we were playing---oh what’s it called when you hit the ball through the little metal thing with a club?
PZO: Like botchi ball?
Forrest: Like botchi ball, but you have a club. What’s that one called?
Forrest: Like cricket, croquet.
Forrest: Croquet. I told my parents that I was very tired—I’m always very tired. So that’s just how I am, I guess.
PZO: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever been given?
Forrest: Worst advice? I’m pretty happy where things have gone. Advice I didn’t take like go to school might—that would have been the worst advice, maybe it would have been the best advice, I don’t know. But I’m glad I didn’t at this point. I went for a semester I wasn’t enjoying it and started playing in the band more seriously and I’ve had a good time since then. That’s been good in not following the advice of going to school--terrible message.
PZO: Where did you go?
Forrest: Where did I go to school? OCC [Orange Coast College].
PZO: What’s a common compliment people give you as a band and individually?
Forrest: I guess after we play people were like you guys are hilarious, but they don’t say anything about how we play or if we sounded good. I guess that’s a compliment.
PZO: What’s the best lesson you’ve ever learned?
Forrest: The best lesson I’ve ever learned? I guess be mellow and give people some slack. Especially being on tour you’re in these close quarters and people get on your nerves I think everyone goes through a period where they let it get to them and they’re like, “Oh my God, like I am going insane,” you know? You learn to get past that and just realize everyone is just kind of doing their own thing and it doesn’t have to bother you.
PZO: What was the last meaningful thing you did?
Forrest: The last meaningful thing I did? I proposed to my girlfriend.
PZO: Really? Congratulations.
Forrest: Thank you.
PZO: How did you do it?
Forrest: We were playing a college show out of town and she was going to pick us up from the airport. When she was going to pick us up, I had booked tickets to go to San Francisco and I was going to have a bag secretly packed in her trunk and just get in the car and we’re going on a trip and I called your work or whatever. It was all good until we had a connecting flight getting home. We missed that flight, so in turn we missed the flight we were supposed to take to San Francisco. She couldn’t pick us up, so we had to fly into a different airport and I had to book another flight and by this time my friend Danny had called her and kind of spilled the beans and ruined it. At the end, I had to eat the cost of the other flight and book another flight and we just went. It wasn’t a surprise, but it was still nice.
PZO: What band would you like to see back together?
Forrest: Back together? Well, I was pretty bummed about The Format breaking up and now there’s Fun and that’s been real cool. It’s been cool to tour with those guys ‘cause it’s Steel Train which aren’t broken up which is nice and I was pretty bummed about Limbeck breaking up, but I don’t know if they ever really broke up, but they stopped playing and now they are on this tour as well and it sounds like I’m just trying to pitch this tour or something. Those are two legitimate bands we’ve loved and toured with so many times, so we’re glad to see that they are still kind of around.
PZO: Are there any fairly unknown bands you think other people should check out?
Forrest: There’s this guy named Benji Hughes that I found out about. He’s from North Carolina and he looks like Zach Galifianakis. But he sounds like Hot Chip slash Beck, but some of the songs are legitimately good and some of them are like really funny. I’m not usually like super into comedy music, you know? This isn’t like Flight of the Conchords comedy music, but it’s really funny.
PZO: So it’s well done.
PZO: What has been the most surprising moment in the band’s career?
Forrest: We played with LL Cool J.
Forrest: That was surprising. We’ve played with a lot of like weird rapper type things that are always surprising.
PZO: Was he cool?
Forrest: I didn’t meet him. <laughs>
PZO: But you played with him. That’s still cool.
PZO: What is one thing you would not do, no matter how much money you were offered?
Forrest: It’s few and far between. <laughs> Last night we were talking about if there was some price or some benefit if I would let my girlfriend go down on some guy. It was a specific situation we were talking about, a specific guy, a specific schlong and I said there was no way. Nothing.
PZO: Given the opportunity, who would you kidnap for a day?
Forrest: I think I would kidnap Taylor Swift, but not for my own benefit because Joe has a thing and I’m just trying to be nice for him, you know. Just you know, “Here you go, buddy” kind of thing.
PZO: As band, what is something you would like to do before the end of the year?
Forrest: Release a record. That’s the goal.
PZO: How’s that coming along?
Forrest: It’s basically done. It’s just the logistics to figure out, so we don’t know exactly when yet, but it shouldn’t be long I hope.
PZO: Oh, so it is done.
Forrest: Yeah, pretty much. It’s just complications and whatever.
PZO: How would you compare it to your debut album?
Forrest: I don’t know, a lot of people who have heard things say it is a lot different, but it’s still like a lot the same. It’s a lot more real instruments and like real playing and there still is electronics, but it’s not so sequenced based like before everything was totally like--there was all these electronic sequences and I would kind of like jam to that or whatever and this is more along the lines of real music which is nice.
PZO: What's one question you've never been asked in an interview that you would like to be asked?
Forrest: Never been asked like what my best trick is on a skateboard. I don’t think people focus on skateboarding quite enough, so we are trying to bring that to the forefront of the band. We are thinking about making some pro model decks. You know, like each of us with our name on them like a pro model deck, but we would just print them ourselves. Though, technically it would not be a pro model. Then we were going to make a skate video maybe. But the only thing is none of us are very good.
PZO: So what’s your best trick?
Forrest: It’s funny you should ask. I’d say three times out of ten I can land a hard flip. But I’m not trying that now. I used to be better, but I haven’t skated in like ten years.
PZO: You don’t want to try it out now?
Forrest: Try a hard flip on camera?
PZO: You can do whatever you want.
Forrest: <gets up> Like I said three out of ten tries, so here’s try number one. I’m going to take down this motorcycle.
<fails first attempt>
Forrest: See that landed right on the back of it. I’ll give you one more try or I’ll give myself one more try.
<fails second attempt>
PZO: It was close. It was super close.
Forrest: It was really close, right?
PZO: Yeah, it was good enough.
Forrest: You saw that I got the board in the air and I looked cool and I was like, “Wow, that guy is in a skater video.”
PZO: We could probably edit it and make it look like you landed it.
Forrest: Okay, clip this together then. Are you ready?
<jumps on skateboard>
Forrest: Oh! Nice.
PZO: Very cool.