I took an actual vacation. First in a few years. Went to WA to hang with a best friend, then we caught up with some great friends, then those great friends gave me a ride home, after fishing, and then rocking a couple of shows, and then some more fishing.
Mid March 2000, around the same time I interviewed Jacoby for Rant Magazine (Sacramento, CA), the day before I interviewed Jerry online since I could not drive to his house that day. Here is how it went.
jAy: How are ya?
Jerry: I’m good….it’s nice to have a day off
jAy: I hear that. I got home at 5AM last night. Here is a comment, and question straight from a fan. It was so awesome that the fans were able to partake in the making of the “Last Resort” video. That meant a lot to you truest fans. Was that a decision of the band, or was it Marcus, the director of the video, his choice?
Jerry: That was completely our choice. They wanted to shoot it in L.A., but we wanted to have our fans in it, and we couldn’t do that in L.A., so we did it in Sacramento
jAy: Cool…The fans are thankful for that, as you saw that day. How has the experience been, playing in towns where you have never played before? What are the feelings you get seconds before the first note on those nights?
Jerry: Well, some of the shows are literally in front of 10 people, but we always rock our hardest, because we know that those 10 people will tell all of their friends about a kick-ass band they saw. Sometimes we wince at the sight of 10 or 20 people, but we adjust mentally, and rock out anyway.
jAy: Making the “Last Resort” video, how was that experience for you, and how did the idea for the video come about?
Jerry: Well, let me just say that previous to the shoot, I had heard people in bands say that they hate doing videos, and how horrible they were. To the contrary, I had a really good experience. I think having our fans in the video brings a realness to it that is really intangible. The idea for the video actually came from Marcos. He had lost a friend to suicide, so he had some idea of how to convey the message of the song without being really blatant.
jAy: If you know, when might the video be released?
Jerry: Actually, I don’t think there is a scheduled date yet. Probably sometime within the next 3 weeks.
jAy: When on the road, in the van, what are some of the things you guys are doing to pass the time?
Jerry: We sleep, or listen to music, or sleep.
jAy: Haha……yeah. OK, Jerry, as consistant as you all play, and in most cases, errorless, when was the last time you can remember while performing, your equipment, the vibe, the rest of the band, and everything else was on point, and going good, but you fucked up?
Jerry: Me personally?
jAy: Yeah, can’t have you talk about the others.
Jerry: That would be last night, at the Bottom of the Hill.
jAy: Was that you, when it happens, are you always aware, or do you sometimes not even know?
Jerry: I can usually hear myself well enough to know when i mess up.
jAy: What have you been listening to lately?
Jerry: I’ve been listening to the new Snapcase record, Refused, Jimmy Eat World, Mock Orange, Fear Factory, Tori Amos, Helmet, Smashing Pumpkins, RHCP
jAy: What does Mock Orange sound like?
Jerry: Well, if you know what Refused sounds like, they sound like them, but a little more emo….really tight stuff.
jAy: I shall check them out. Why isn’t “Blood Brothers”, and “Legacy” both on the album, why one song for the clean version, and one for the unclean version?
Jerry: Well, “Legacy” wasn’t going to make the record at all, but “Blood Brothers” wouldn’t have been able to be edited, and still mean the same thing, so to fill that spot on the clean record, we chose “Legacy.”
jAy: Whoa……Yeah, I can see that. By the way, You know I haven’t said it to you guys too many times, but the album is definately bangin’.
jAy: What is something that you have always been doing, that you cannot do now, or as much since signing with Dreamworks?
Jerry: Well, pretty much the only thing we can’t do, is release our older stuff on our own. I know a lot of people want to get 5 Tracks Deep, and Let ‘Em Know, but some of those songs are on our new record, so we can’t release them.
jAy: Out of all of the songs that you have written, which is your favorite? One song, out of ALL songs you guys have?
Jerry: You HAD to ask that question, didn’t you?
jAy: I’m sorry, but there’s gotta be at least one.
Jerry: Right now, I think it’s “Blood Brothers.”
jAy: Alright, last question. What was the last show you went to where you were not performing, who and where?
Jerry: The Last show I went to see was Sno Core in Sacramento, CA
jAy: So, do you have any last words?
Jerry: Thank you, and thanx to all the fans for all of their support.
jAy: Dope, thanks a lot for your time….Later Jerry.
Jerry: Later Jay