Reel Big Fish are on tour now with Big D And The Kids Table. The tour is for the support of Reel Big Fish‘s newest release Candy Coated Fury. This interview was done via email with lead singer Aaron Barrett.
Why did it take so long to put out a new record its been 5 years?
I just didn’t have enough songs that I thought were good enough to record. You can’t force inspiration to come, sometimes you have to wait a long time for a good song idea to come along.
Orange County has three big bands that have new albums from big bands such as Lit, Reel Big Fish and No Doubt. What make Orange County California such a place to have such great bands still making great CD’s possible is it the weather or what does Orange County do for you that helps you make to still make music?
To tell the truth, we really don’t see much of Orange County these days since we are constantly on the road. For us starting out though, the Orange County ska scene in the 90’s had so many great bands, so many great ska shows just about every day of the week and such a great sense of community among the fans and bands and that really inspired us to make this music and to want to share it with people everywhere
Candy Coated Fury is your newest album title. How old where you when you had your first ever broken heart and who did it to you and do you still see them today in any way keeping in touch with them?
I don’t remember because it was soooooo long ago and if i DID remember, i probably wouldn’t name any names or give out such private details!
First new song is called: Everyone Else Is An Asshole? What is this song about? And when were you an asshole to someone lately and what were the recourses that were taken from that?
That song is about a mood that a lot of people get in sometimes where they get angry and blame other people for their problems and how they feel but in the end they realize that maybe it’s them that is being the asshole. At least that was the idea behind the story line of the song. I personally am sweet as pie to everyone I meet and everyone I know! wink!
“I Know You Too Well To Like You Anymore. What is this song about and what’s the most real thing that someone can find out about you that they would only know by you tell them what that is?
I Know You Too Well To Like You Anymore is a very common tale in relationships, I’ve known a lot of people in that very situation. Two people get together for whatever reason and decide they “love” each other and then years on down the line they realize they have nothing in common and they can’t stand each other at all but they still stay together because they “love” each other.
So where did the new song: I Dare You To Break My Heart come from and who is it about? What would it take to break your own heart now?
“I dare you to break my heart” is from the point of view of someone who has had one too many heartbreaks and isn’t going to let anyone get to close ever again. In the story, he has met a girl he likes but he is telling her that it is pointless to try and make him fall in love with her.
80’s Cover songs on our album in which you have two of them on there. Why do you cover the 80’s songs? Why not cover songs from the 60’s, 70’s or 90’s for that matter? Why are you stuck in the 80’s?
We have done quite a few songs from many different eras. for example, “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Keep a Cool Head” from the 60’s, “The Long Run” from the 70s, “Won’t Back Down“, “Boss DJ” from the 90’s, the list goes on. I don’t feel that we are “stuck” in the 80’s at all but since I grew up and began my love of music in the 80’s it’s no wonder that we have covered quite a few of my favorite songs from childhood.
Ska music radio wise is missing. The main stage at The Warped Tour ska was missing as well. Is Ska still a vital form of music? Or why cant ska be heard much on the radio or does that even mater to you?
There are more ska fans out there than ever before and more ska bands than there ever were at any other point in history. The underground ska scene is just as huge or bigger than it has ever been and we see that up close in every city we visit on tour. It’s an amazingly fun and exciting kind of music to make, to dance to and scene to be a part of. the long, rich, colorful history of ska continues and we’re glad to be a part of it. there have been songs with ska flavor on the radio from time to time but trends come and go, especially on mainstream radio. We really don’t concern ourselves too much with what’s cool at the moment. We know we are a part of something very special and very important.
From this interview you have found out that Reel Big Fish lead vocalist and founder isn’t so Candy Coated nor is his life in a Fury either. Ska can become a Candy Coated Fury with the fun beats and laid back feeling to the vibe of the music. However, sometimes the lyric can be more from a personal thing that might have happen to Aaron Barrett at least in his songs that he does with Reel Big Fish. Besides that the band do some awesome cover songs that’s for sure as well too. Here again is another great Orange County band from Southern California that lays it on the line personally but still throws in fun around it. All of this makes Candy Coated Fury a fun treat to listen to with a great groove attached. See ya on the dance floor bopping around to this CD.
(Interview by Jonathan D. Wright)
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