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members present:
Jon Berry
Clark Domae

conducted on:
July 2003

by: Nevra Azerkan
official website
shout-out to PZO


PZO: As a band, what do you think your best qualities are?
Jon: <looks at Clark> Wow, she went right to the fucking point.
Clark: Jon is, Jon.
Jon: I would say…I don't know. <looks at Clark> What would you say our best qualities are? <silence> I think I would probably say our music.
Clark: I don't want to be conceited.
PZO: Be conceited.
Jon: Be conceited? I would probably say our music.
PZO: Anything specific?
Clark: Our fast stuff.
Jon: Not the standard stuff.
Clark: He's conceited.
Jon: Very conceited. Either that or our live show. I like our live show. I like Clark. Our best quality is Clark.

PZO: Has the label change from The Militia Group to Nitro Records had any affect on your music making process?
Jon: No!
Clark: Not the music.
Jon: I think it was more in the production. We actually went to a real studio for our new CD.
PZO: So you had more input?
Clark: We had more time.
Jon: More resources.

PZO: The band has attributed its success partly to hard work and partly to having a cute Asian guy that people like to see naked.
Clark: <points to PZO_Camera_Man> You wrote that didn't you?!
PZO_Camera_Man: Yep, that was me.
PZO: Have you [Clark] stripped down at any show to date?
Jon: Clark's a prude!
Clark: I wouldn't even strip down in my house.
Jon: He will never give in.
Clark: I shower with shorts!
Jon: He showers with shorts. <laughs> Prude.

PZO: You've recently toured Japan. What culture trends would you like to see brought here?
Clark: None.
PZO: Really?
Jon: It's really clean in Japan.
Clark: Very clean.
Jon: Yeah, it's really surprising.
Clark: You know how we have trash on the ground here?
PZO: Yeah.
Clark: Over there, there's nothing. It's perfect.
Jon: A lot of respect down there.

PZO: It seems like you guys were a little star struck when Dave Grohl came to the studio. Have you met anyone else that had the same effect on you?
Clark: We saw Mike Myers at a record store.
Jon: Yeah, he's cool.
Clark: <points to Jon> He actually called me to see if it was him.
Jon: Yeah, we were recording. Clark get over here!
Clark: and Mike Myers comes out.
PZO: Did you talk to him?
Clark: Yeah, we're like, "It is Mike Myers!" We met him and we're like, "Mike, we're big fans." He's really quiet.
Jon: Yeah, he's really quiet.

PZO: What's one of your favorite lines from one of your songs?
Jon: Wow. I don't know.
Clark: I don't remember.
Jon: Uh…
Clark: I think she wants a line.
Jon: You want a line?
PZO: Yeah, a specific one.
Clark: I really can't remember any.
Jon: Yeah, I don't know.
PZO_Camera_Friend: That's usually the hardest question for bands to answer.
Jon: Really?
PZO_Camera_Friend: Yep.
Clark: Well, it's like-we're not way deep.
Jon: You have to read through it.
Clark: Yeah! I have to read through it.

PZO: What was the last meaningful thing you did?
Jon: I planted a tree recently.
Clark: We suck.
Jon: We're assholes.
PZO: Anything. Maybe you've given change to a bum.
Jon: We did.
PZO: It can be something small like that.
Clark: We gave a bum beer once.
PZO_Camera_Friend: That's meaningful you should write a song about that.
Clark: 'Cause that's what he wants.
PZO: That's true. That's what he'd use the change for anyway.
Clark: Exactly.

PZO: What's the worst advice you've ever been given?
Jon: Oooh the worst advice…I once told Clark to cut his hair.
Clark: Once.
PZO: Do it when he's sleeping.
Jon: No way, that's when the evil side of Clark comes out.
Clark: The worse advice…
Jon: I don't know. I don't really get advice.
Clark: The thing about bad advice is that I don't think I would take it anyway.
PZO: Well, something that may have seemed good at the time.
Clark: True.
<PZO turns to look at Jon>
Jon: I don't know.

PZO: If you were running for president, what would your motto be?
Jon: No more taxes.
Jon: I don't know. I wouldn't run for president, but I would vote for Arnold Schwartzenegger if he ran.
Clark: He's running for Governor.
PZO: Yeah, another celebrity.
Clark: I got one. I'll kick your ass if you don't vote for me.
Jon: Vote for me or die.
Clark: Vote or die.
Jon: Vote or die.

PZO: What is one thing you wouldn't do no matter how much money you were offered?
Jon: Go down on Clark.
Clark: What?!?
Jon: Yeah, I'd do it for free.
Jon: I'm just kidding!

PZO: If you could pass a law, what would it be?
Jon: I don't have any problems with the laws right now.
Jon: Actually, I think it's kind of weird and contradicting how like 21 is the legal age to drink, but to be an adult it's 18. I think that's kind of stupid.
PZO: That's a good one.
Clark: It makes sense.

PZO: What's a common compliment people give you as a band and individually?
Clark: You're a good guitarist.
Jon: You're a good bassist.
PZO: Individually.
Clark: It's the same thing.
Jon: Good bass, good drums, good guitar.

PZO: What's in your pockets right now?
Jon: I had chapstick, but it started leaking on me. That Carmax shit. A phone, I have a phone now.
Clark: I had a bottle of water <checks his pockets> and a compact.

PZO: What has been your biggest decision in the past year?
Jon: We signed to Nitro over a year ago, that was a big decision.

PZO: What has been one of your weirder experiences as a band?
Clark: Weird shit doesn't really happen to us. We're just weird people.
Jon: <laughs>
PZO: Anything that sticks out?
Jon: In El Paso, after a show we went back to the hotel and we saw a guy get hit by a car.
Clark: That's right!
PZO: Wow.
Jon: That was pretty weird.

PZO: What's the coolest perk in being in a band?
Clark: Traveling.
Jon: Doing shows in Japan.
Clark: Going to Europe.

PZO: Who do you go to for advice and inspiration?
Jon: Probably other bands.
Clark: Yeah, other bands.
PZO: Like who?
Jon: We're friends with a lot of bands.
Clark: Strung Out.
Jon: Poison the Well.
Clark: Older bands.
Jon: Rise against.
Clark: We're fortunate to know really cool bands.

PZO: If you were a statue, what would your pose be?
Jon: David?
Clark: I don't know. Standing on my head.
Clark: Bouncing on my head!

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