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members present:
Buddy Nielsen, Zack Roach
conducted on: November 2010
by: Nevra Azerkan
extras:official website

  PZO: As a band, what are your best qualities?
Buddy: Honesty, integrity, work ethic <pause> and drinkability.

PZO: What’s a common compliment people give you as a band and individually?
Buddy: I think lyrics. That is something that comes up. I think our live show. Had somebody who was hammered last night tell me they had never seen us before, but that we were pretty cool live.
Zack: That’s awesome.
Buddy: He was like, “I’m really hammered right now, but it was good. Thanks.”
PZO: Individually?
Buddy: For me, I guess lyrics. I guess that would be the one thing I get complimented on the most.

PZO: Describe your new album, The Fire in five words or less.
Buddy: Really good <pause>
Zack: and awesome.
Buddy: we worked hard.
Buddy: <starts counting with his fingers> great….<pause> awesome show great job.

PZO: What song are you most proud of on the new album?
Buddy: I really like New Year’s Eve. I like them all honestly.
PZO: Yeah, but you know that one that you feel real special about.
Buddy: I really like Headed West. I don’t think anyone is going to like that song.
Zack: It’s an awesome song.
Buddy: But I think it’s awesome.
PZO: Why is that one your favorite?
Buddy: I don’t know. I just like it. It’s cool. It’s got a good vibe. I like the lyrics. It’s probably one of those songs people don’t want to hear live. I don’t know why. It seems it’s going to be one of those.

PZO: What’s the last meaningful thing you did?
Buddy: Drove this thing [tour bus] last night to a truck stop. I think that was the last meaningful thing I did.
PZO: How long?
Buddy: I drove for about two and a half hours.
PZO: Hard to drive?
Buddy: Nah, it’s easy.
PZO: Really?
Zack: Riding in the back is scary.

PZO: What’s your best childhood memory?
Buddy: It’s a toss up between when I got Nintendo to when I got Sega Genesis. My sister accidentally got Sega Genesis given to her and I freaked out.
Zack: and you wanted it?
Buddy: I was like this is so fucked up. Why did she get Sega Genesis. I wanted that.
Zack: What did you get that year?
Buddy: Sega Genesis. They just wrapped it wrong.
Zack: Ooooh.
Buddy: They gave it to her by accident and I played Altered Beast.
Zack: That’s a great game.
Buddy: That’s childhood memories. Disney World is pretty awesome as a child. I got a lot of good childhood memories.
PZO: Do you still have the game consoles?
Buddy: Yeah, I still have them.

PZO: What’s one thing you would not do for any amount of money?
Buddy: Probably tour with Attack Attack!
Buddy: That’s actually legit. Or…..
Zack: Really, now?
Buddy: Nah, scratch that. That’s true though. That’s an actual factual thing.
Zack: Uh huh.
Buddy: There’s so many things I wouldn’t do for money, but I can’t---I really don’t want to talk about them.
Zack: Train Tae Kwon Do.
Buddy: Yeah, I would never train Tae Kwon Do for any amount of money.
PZO: Why not?
Buddy: Because it’s a meaningless martial art.
PZO: But any other form..
Buddy: Nah, I would only do Jujitsu. I would never train Kung Fu. I would train boxing, but that’s technically not a martial art. Yeah, I would never train Tae Kwon Do for any amount of money.
PZO: [to PZO_Camera_Friend] Isn’t that what you trained in?
PZO_Camera_Friend: I’m a little offended.
PZO: Yeah, she’s a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Zack: Oh my God.
Buddy: Yeah, but if you fought a white belt in Jujitsu it would be over.
PZO_Camera_Friend: Totally different styles.
Buddy: Yeah, but we’re just talking about the most effective fighting techniques that work in a real street fight. Tae Kwon Do is great for breaking boards. In Jujitsu there’s no board breaking. If fights consisted of who could break the most boards, Tae Kwon Do would probably win, but Kung Fu might win more---some form of Kung Fu. But no, Jujitsu is the most realistic one-on-one civilian form of fighting. Krav Maga, that whole army based like multiple attackers with knives that’s not realistic. That might happen, yes. I’m not saying Jujitsu can really deal with multiple knife attacks. I really don’t know.
Zack: Better than any other.
Buddy: A lot of Krav Maga is taken from aspects of everything and Jujitsu, but I would never train Tae Kwon Do for any amount of money.
PZO: And you’re trained in Jujitsu?
Buddy: Yeah, Jujitsu.
PZO: What are you?
Buddy: I’m a blue belt.
PZO: You still do it?
Buddy: Oh yeah, every day. Just not on tour. But I am going to do it on Sunday. I’m very excited about that.

PZO: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever been given?
Buddy: Here, take this.
Buddy: That’s pretty much the worst..
Zack: That’s universal.
Buddy: Yeah, that’s universal. Here, take this. Whatever that means. It’s always not good advice.

PZO: What’s the best lesson you’ve ever learned?
Buddy: It’s all happening as it should.
PZO: No regrets?
Buddy: I try not to have any regrets. Yeah, you do. Everyone does. The older you get the more chances you get to fuck up.
Buddy: Not right now. I don’t regret anything. <pause> No.

PZO: What’s something the band has wanted to do, but hasn’t gotten the chance to do yet?
Buddy: Go to South America. Play in Brazil, so I can go do Jujitsu.
Zack: Jiu Jiu.
Buddy: Jiu Jiu in Rio. Yeah, I would like to do that very much.

PZO: Given the opportunity who would you kidnap for a day and what would you do?
Buddy: Probably Gary Busey or Christopher Walken. That would be fun. Or Robson Moura.
PZO: What would you do?
Buddy: If Busey came, we would just video tape him. We would make a video out of it. We would make a very successful music video. If Christopher Walken came we would probably do the same and I don’t know--just talk. If Robson Moura came we would train Jujitsu and learn about the dharma.
Zack: Lots of life lessons.
Buddy: Yeah, lots of life lessons.
PZO: You should tape that one too, so you can replay it on the bus.
Buddy: Yeah!

PZO: What was the last good deed you did?
Zack: Driving last night.
Buddy: Nah, I gave a bum like three dollars the other day.
PZO: Like actual bills or three dollars in change.
Buddy: Like three dollars in change. I once gave a bum in L.A. down the street at  a 7/11 two hundred dollars.
PZO: That was really nice.
Zack: That was stupid.
PZO: Were they grateful at least?
Buddy: It was like a kid with a guitar that was like…
Zack: Oh.
Buddy: I don’t know I gave him two hundred bucks.
PZO_Camera_Friend: Does that really count as a bum?
PZO: Yeah, no.
Buddy: Yeah, he was bumming.
Zack: He just wasn’t good at it.

PZO: What event on your life had the greatest impact on you?
Buddy: I think when this girl told me in 12th grade that I would never be in a successful band. It’s a pretty impactful moment. I still see her sometimes and I always bring it up to her. She says she doesn’t remember. Why would she remember?
Zack: I would bring that up all the time.
Buddy: It has no bearing on her life whatsoever like she has no idea that she ever said that.
PZO: Are you sure?
Buddy: No, no, no. I’m sure. She’s like I don’t know what you’re talking about. There’s no way. I never said that and I’m like no, you absolutely did. Maybe my grandma dying. That was another significant moment in my life. Definitely changed me. My mom getting remarried to my stepdad. Not remarrying, but remarrying my now stepdad acquiring a couple of brothers in the trade.
PZO: Those are good.
Buddy: Yeah, those are pretty good.

PZO: What’s a question you’ve never been asked in an interview that you would like to be asked?
Buddy: Why are you such a jerk?
Zack: Someone has had to have asked you that.
Buddy: No.
PZO: What if you were asked that, how would you answer?
Buddy: I wouldn’t know where to begin. I wouldn’t know where to start.

PZO: What would be your pitch to get someone to buy your new album, The Fire?
Zack: It doesn’t suck.
Buddy: Yeah. Just buy it. Help me, help you.
Buddy: Just check it out. It’s cheap. You can get it on Amazon for like four dollars.
Zack: It’s true.
Buddy: Check it out if you like anything we’ve ever done try it, try it out. Put out a new brew.
Zack: Microbrew.
Buddy: New microbrew, check it out. You like some of the songs, we’ll keep playing them.  If you don’t, at least check it out.

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