PZO: As a band, what are your best qualities?
Rob: That we're honest and we're different. We just have fun with things.
I think a lot of bands fuck up and they lose sight of you know the point
of doing it in the first place. They don't really have fun with it anymore.
It gets to where the bands get fucked and end up breaking up. We just
have fun with it no matter what we do.
PZO: What event on your life had the greatest impact on you?
Rob: Man, everything I've gone through--the good and the bad whether it
was friends dying, enemies dying or loved ones passing away. Great events
in my life, you know? I learn from all of my experiences. Try not to make
the same mistakes twice. I try to be a better person; there's always room
PZO: What keeps you grounded and optimistic?
Rob: The same people who are with me no matter. The same people I kick
it with on a daily basis. I'm no better than the next person because I
got a record deal. That doesn't mean shit.
PZO: What is the worst advice you've ever been given?
Rob: Man. I guess to sign to Warner Bros. Even though I got dropped it
was a blessing. I got to keep my record and use the rest of the songs
for The Transplants record. Much of the songs were going to be on my solo
record. Like I said it was a blessing in disguise. I can't complain where
I'm at right now.
PZO: What is a common compliment people give you as a band?
Rob: It's nice when we're on tour and talk to bands, kids, fans and everything.
A lot of people like us and thank us for making music because it is different.
It isn't the things they're used to seeing on TV and Radio or whatever.
A lot of people like us because they can relate to the stuff we're talking
about. People appreciate that.
PZO: What is something you would like to do before the end of the
Rob: Get health insurance. I've been trying to get health insurance for
a fucking year and for some reason I still don't have it and I'm fucking
PZO: Is there anything in particular about your music that you would
like to improve or change?
Rob: Yeah, there's always room for improvement. I'm my own worst critic.
I'll fucking change things a hundred and twenty times before I'm done
with it and even then I'm usually unhappy with it. I just try to get better
at what I do.
PZO: What was one misconception that you had about the music industry?
Rob: I was very lucky because since I was working with bands previous
to being in a band I've basically been able to see firsthand the good
and the bad of the industry with shady motherfuckers, loop holes and contracts
and this and that. So I've been lucky to see that and know what to avoid
a lot of the time. I've still made mistakes, but I'm only human.
PZO: Give the opportunity who would you kidnap for a day?
Rob: Jennifer Love Hewitt. She's fine.
PZO: What's the best lesson you've learned?
Rob: You can't trust nobody.
PZO: What are you most proud of on the new album, Haunted Cities?
Rob: Wow, I don't know--the whole thing; the fact that we got to work
with all of our friends and everything. That's why I keep going to get
better at it. That's what makes it fun.
PZO: What has been your biggest decision in the past year?
Rob: Damn. That's a good question. I don't know. I can't really say to
tell you the truth. I've been trying to do the right thing, let's put
it that way.
PZO: What's the last meaningful thing you did?
Rob: This interview.
PZO: Good answer.
Rob: I'm just being honest.