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members present:
Dan Keyes

conducted on:
October 2002

by: Rocio Villalobos
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PZO: Whatís the worst thing youíve done and gotten away with?
Dan: <laughs> I just watched this dude run into his car. Heís like 21 and he just walked into his own car and he cussed. He was like, fuck!! Hah, alright, back to the question...worst thing Iíve ever done and gotten away with...itís hard to say because I get away with everything I do. I donít know, I canít answer that one.

PZO: What would you like someone to write in your obituary?
Dan: Damn, these are some questions, girl, whatís up?
PZO: <laughs>
Dan: Uhh, in the obituary? Thatís the thing in the newspaper?
PZO: Yeah.
Dan: Uhh...good father, rock Ďní roll master...
PZO: <laughs> Thatís it?
Dan: Yeah, thatís it. Just that.

PZO: Do you remember what the first show you played as Recover was like?
Dan: I sure do. I sure do. It was shredded. Thatís the best way to describe it.

PZO: What qualities about yourselves as a band do you feel makes you stand out from other bands?
Dan: We are rock and roll as fuck and we donít give a shit. And you can tell Ďcause weíre all fucking dirty, with long hair, and I only own one pair of pants.
PZO: <laughs> Are you serious?
Dan: Yeah, itís fucked up. I own one pair of pants and Iíve been wearing this one pair of pants for a month. I mean, I wash them whenever I can, donít get me wrong, but still, I only own one pair of pants. But whatever, thatís the price you have to pay when you live on the road.

PZO: Is there a moment in rock Ďní roll history thatís shocked you the most?
Dan: Shocked me?
PZO: Yeah.
Dan: Yeah, when fucking nu metal got big. What the fuck?
PZO: <laughs>
Dan: When it was acceptable to have a DJ in a rock band. Thatís when. That shocked the hell out of me.

PZO: What kind of an impact has living in Austin had on the band, if at all?
Dan: I donít know. Austin is kind of like its own nation. Itís in the middle of Texas and itís one of the coolest cities in the U.S., by far.
PZO: Yeah, it is.
Dan: Iíve been everywhere several times by now, I mean of course L.A., New York, Chicago, Seattle, and San Francisco are all amazing cities, but Austin is like in the top 3 or top 4. Yeah, itís super...no one knows about since itís all in the middle of Texas. We have a laid-back vibe; I think itís Ďcause we come from the middle of Texas.

PZO: How do you think the punk and hardcore scene has changed over the last couple of years?
Dan: It seems like everybody got younger. Or maybe I got older. <laughs>
PZO: <laughs> Maybe both.
Dan: <laughs> Yeah. Itís like, I feel like when I used to go to shows everyone used to be nineteen and twenty-somethings and now any show you go to everybodyís fifteen.
PZO: Yeah, I know, Iíve noticed that too.
Dan: Yeah, so, letís say that.

PZO: Are there any fairly unknown bands you think people should check out?
Dan: Yes. Armor For Sleep. Theyíre gonna tear some shit up. And then Those Peabody's.
PZO: Yeah, Iíve heard of them. Theyíre local, right? Theyíre in Austin?
Dan: Yeah, they rule. Um, Slow Reader. Yeah, thatís about it.

PZO: Do you have a favorite line from one of your songs?
Dan: Probably something Robert says, Ďcause his stuff is good. Oh yeah, he says ďworldly like a sailor, street smart like a whore.Ē
PZO: <laughs>
Dan: I like that! Isnít that good??
PZO: Yeah, itís a good line.

PZO: In what musical direction do you see yourself going in the future?
Dan: I donít know. I have no idea where, like, itís going to take us. Weíre just going to keep writing. So yeah, I donít know, weíre a rock Ďní roll band. So expect whatever kind of music comes from a rock Ďní roll band.

PZO: What do you guys plan on doing once youíre done touring with Midtown in Europe?
Dan: Well weíre touring over there for 2 ½ weeks and then we tour with Jimmy Eat World over there for 2 weeks. And then we come back, and weíre going to record and write, write and record, and then weíre gonna go hit the road again forever. Weíve been on the road for like a year. Itís crazy.

PZO: Name one piece of equipment you couldnít live without.
Dan: One piece of equipment?
PZO: Yeah.
Dan: Like, musical equipment, or equipment in general?
PZO: Musical equipment.
Dan: The uhh...Marshall JCM 800, the head that I play on. Itís the best rock Ďní roll head ever made, I think.

PZO: What are you the most proud of about the EP you just released, Ceci NíEst Pas Recover?
Dan: I think it just sounds good, but itís not like I can be proud of that because I had nothing to do with that. The people who recorded it were in charge of that. Proud...I donít know, Iím proud of J.B. for fucking shredding on the drums.

PZO: If you and Midtown got into a fight, who would win?
Dan: Wow, that would be such a good fight. That really would be a great fight. We have long hair, so thatís a disadvantage Ďcause they could pull our hair and shit.
PZO: <laughs>
Dan: And theyíre the types of dudes whoíd do that, too. Fucking pull our hair. I donít know, weíd probably all be down and fucked up and beat up except for one guy. And thatís our drummer, Jimmy Vela. We call him the Beastmaster Ďcause heís one of the scariest individuals youíll ever meet in your life.
PZO: <laughs>

PZO: What show that youíve done has been the most memorable?
Dan: We played at this college in Hartford, CT at this place called the Hawkís Nest or the Eagleís Nest or something, and we had never played there before so we had no idea what it was gonna be like. So we showed up and played and the place just blew up. We tore the fucking roof down and shit. Seriously, it was one of the craziest shows ever. And it was...we didnít expect that.

PZO: Whatís the craziest goal that you have?
Dan: The wildest goal I have...sex with Britney Spears, I guess.
PZO: <laughs>
Dan: But thatís not too crazy, Ďcause I can see that happening in the near future.

PZO: How much does the crowdís response to you affect your performance?
Dan: A lot. Because if theyíre not giving anything, we wonít give anything. We wanna freak out, but we donít want it to be like a fucking, like weíre in a circus or some shit. Like when everybodyís just standing there and looking at us, you know? We want it to be like a, I donít know, whatever. You know what Iím saying.
PZO: <laughs> Yeah.

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