Interview with Aaron Feibus of the Aeffect.
Reviews: Coming from a record label that is predominantly punk and indie,
how do you find yourself amongst the other bands on the Fueled by Ramen
AARON: I think we're just as "punk" or "indie" as any other
band out there today. Punk was always about being against the mainstream
but now "punk" is the mainstream. We're donig something completely
different than anyone out there and our sound is changing shape from those
of our influences to one of our very own and we did it all by ourselves.
We didnt have a recording budget, it was completely DIY. That is indie
because it was done independently and it's punk because we're saying "****
you. this is what we like to play."
CCDR: Do you consider the
Aeffect a new wave band?
AARON: We're calling our music "rockwave".
Its a cross between the new wave of the 80s and the rock stuff that is
going on currently. Our EP doesnt show the rock, but those songs are a
year and a half old! We have about 3/4 of a full length ready to go and
more of the songs are faster and harder than what we've been playing in
the past. I've started playing guitar in the songs and Brad has added some
acoustic drums to his electronic kit.
CCDR: So would you say A
Short Dream isn't necessarily represenative of the Aeffect?
It is representative of the Æffect up to maybe last September. By the time
the record came out in october, things were already begining to take on a
CCDR: From what I hear on A Short Dream, your vocals are
very reserved and they seem to blend in evenly with the music. Vocally how
have you progressed with the newer songs?
AARON: The vocals are
more dynamic. There's more of a change between the songs or even within
songs. Sometimes they are getting more aggressive, sometimes they are
reserved as in the past. It adds another texture to the music I think
makes it more dramatic and I like where its going.
CCDR: Yea I'd
agree. The vocals seem to add another layer to each song, which is what I
think A Short Dream succeeds at. Each song seems to encompass the listener
in a way most emo or punk bands just can't do. What led you to the whole
keyboard rockwave sound?
AARON: I mean just the shear fact of
trying to do our own thing. Why would I want to be in a band that sounds
like any other band? If I want to hear Radiohead, I'll put on a Radiohead
CD or same thing with any other band. There are so many styles of music
that are just beginning to be created and people are still stuck on the
same old bull****. Not that anything that's been done is bull****, just
it's been done, time to move on. Uur full length is going to be a big step
forward from our EP and I'd be totally disappointed if our next record
after that wasn't a forward progression. Music for the last 10 years has
been pretty stagnant. There hasnt been anything totally new and fresh
since the seattle scene blew up in the early 90's and thats what is
missing from music: fresh new ideas.
CCDR: Do you find popularity
to be a pro or a con for independant bands? What downfall do you think it
has on the creative process?
AARON: Popularity is a pro. That means
your message has reached the people. Even if they dont understand it now,
you just have to hope that one day they will. As far as a downfall on the
creative process, as long as the popularity doesnt go to your head there
is no downfall. Look at Fugazi; they are about as popular as it gets and
theyre still doing things their way.
CCDR: So you are saying it is
the poeple not the popularity that create those problems in music?
AARON: It is people in the sense of the musicians themselves, not
the fans so much.
CCDR: Then do you think artists use popularity
as a scape goat?
AARON: A scape goat for what? what could you blame
CCDR: What I'm saying is bands like the Mighty
Mighty Bosstones started out playing their music and once they hit
mainstream, they change their sound and release a follow up record that
flops, and then they get dropped, return to an indie label and have this
whole "were back to our roots" thing going on. Like they blame their
failure and disconnection on major labels and mainstream
AARON: Everybody has heard horror stories about indie
bands signing to majors. It's just a matter of being careful and having a
very good lawyer and manager behind you. So they will look out for your
best interests in the negotiations and not be too quick to sign something
because they want their share of your signing bonus.
Aeffect, touring. Describe for us.
AARON: Well we have a tour van
with no trailer.
CCDR: So you leave the kids at
AARON: Yeah no pets, no kids. We basically have a lot of fun
playing out on the road, it's just the three of us and our friend Gavin
who is one of the most fun guys ever.
CCDR: Do you guys take pride
in your live shows or do you believe in the whole "have fun, get drunk,
who cares what it sounds like" ideology?
AARON: Yeah, we take pride
in the live shows. We don't get wasted or anything before we play. I's way
to easy for a band to play like s*** and go "Yeah we could play good but
we were wasted". But its still all about having fun too, if a band is up
there and not enjoying it, you can sense that. Somehow it's just floating
around in the air. A good show for us is one where we sounded great and
you could fill a swimming pool with all the sweat. If theres any blood to
CCDR: Do you write songs with your live show in
mind or do you say "This sounds good on a CD."? Do you put stress on
mixing and editing in the studio?
AARON: A Short Dream was written
with a CD in mind, then it wasnt all that fun to play live. The new songs
are all about the live set. It's gotta rock. Having a great sounding CD is
still #1 for me though. A show only lasts a short time but a record is
CCDR: Ok here is the list: 1) Name your top five
artists/bands of all time or just write the first five you can think of
and say they are your favorite.
AARON: Ok top five: Nirvana,
Flaming Lips, Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode and the Beatles.
number 2, name that one album that you hide everytime your buddies come
over. The one you don't remember why you bought but you just can't get rid
AARON: I have that Millii Vanilli record from way back when. I
just play it off like a joke but just between you and me.. it's amazing!
CCDR: Ok number 3, I could bet you've watched a movie or two or
perhaps turned on the tv once, name your celebrity crush.
Man I see all these people and I have no idea what their names are but I
can tell you that my good friend James from Bithlo Mullet Revival
(www.bithlorock.com) has a strange infatuation with none other than Jamie
Lee Curtis! Isn't that kinda creepy? Yeah theres an 8x10 on his desk
CCDR: Ok last but not least number 4, name your
favorite rap song and tell me why rap is so original and
AARON: Thats an interesting question. I was heavily
into rap music for a long time and Run DMC's "You Be Illin'" holds a place
close in my heart, but all time I think I'd have to say Young MC's "Bust a
Move" is the top choice. I'm still known to get up there and bust it at a
karaoke bar now and again.
CCDR: The band is the Aeffect, the man
is Aaron, this is the interview. What piece of information have we missed
that you would like to share with the people?
AARON: We'll be on 6
weeks of Warped Tour this summer so please come check us out! We'd love to
meet a bunch of cool new people in places around the country we've never
been. We're on the Punkrocks.net stage and you can find out more info at
their site or our site www.theaeffect.com.
CCDR: Thank you for your
time Aaron, it was like Christmas doing this.
AARON: Haha. Thank
you very much for the interview. Its always fun to share.