The Honorary Title

In Interview on August 17, 2010 at 12:40 pm

                                         The elusive Honorary Title interview
                                         14 minutes and 36 seconds of apathy

       It was both interesting and amazing to me when I received a message on MySpace from a guy that worked with the band the Honorary Title and “saw that I interviewed Good Old War and was wondering if I would be interested in talking to” them. Though, I had missed their show. He said, Well, hey! How about a phone or e-mail interview? After voting for e-mail and choosing questions catered to better understand Jarred Gorbel’s self-conscious and negative personality, I sent them in. Two weeks rolled slowly by and then the friend announced that a phone interview would be better since the band was on tour and access to a computer hasn’t been easy. Right. Two days of voicemail and rain checks later, I got my interview. The music of the Honorary Title is distant. And so is its lead singer, Mr. Gorbel. It’s not something that I, myself have been able to get or feel very close to, and Jarrod didn’t help. This interview was painful and almost pointless. By the end, he was just sending out answers like they were receipts, only the machine was out of ink.

How have the tour and the guys of Good Old War been treating you?
Good Old War’s great- we’re also on tour with Cory Branan- he’s great.
That’s good.
Yeah. It’s just been long. And I’m tired.
You sound it.
Yeah. [Laughs]
(I thought I had broken the ice and was safe. I wasn’t.) What are your fans like?
Oh, they’re amazing. And they’re all different. I would say they’re mostly girls.
Have you had any-
[He starts to add more] A lot of our fans are female with an age range of, like, 18 to 25 or something.
Have you had any interesting experiences with anyone who was a fan of you and your music?
Uh, on this tour everything’s been pretty normal. No irregular fan activity. [Laughs] A lot of fans have tattoos of the album artwork. It’s coming up more & more- and that’s cool.
You guys do have really great artwork-
Who does your artwork?
A good friend of mine named Paul Paddock. He’s a painter and I’ve known him for years.
You’ve mentioned you’re your harshest critic- which I’m sure is true for most people if not all- but what’s the thing that bothers you the most about the way you do things- especially putting together your music?
Um, I don’t know. It’s not- it’s not one thing in particular. It’s everything overall. Anything from the production to vocal performance to playing shows, you know, if things aren’t going right. It’s self-hating and you get all angry looking cause you think things aren’t going good and fans think you’re rude but you’re not- it’s all those things together. The big picture- and little things turn into big things.
How about something you find favorable?
I usually feel good about- I don’t know. I can’t find anything favorable. I’m pretty negative. [Laughs]
Why’s that?
I don’t know. I can’t figure out if it’s that I was born that way or…
Did something terrible happen to you? [Laughs]
No- maybe it’s a chemical, I don’t know. I’m getting more positive. My hair right now is [inaudible]
What did you say it was?
Insane. I fell asleep with wet hair and it looks like a giant bouffant.
Well, I guess that’s better than it being like a flat helmet.
So, you’ve said playing hometown shows was great but you’re busy focusing on other things- what kinds of things?
Um, it could be anything. It could be a fight I had with my girlfriend or something, you know? But sometimes focusing on different things helps. It’s usually pretty melodramatic so you gotta try to reach out through the emotions sometimes when bad things happen. It helps convey the thought in an honest way. Others times it bums you out too much and you get angry and then you have trouble performing for that reason.
Has focusing and worrying about the technical side of making and playing music affected how you feel and think about music?
Um.. Yeah of course. I mean the reality of the- it’s like more a business than an art and that gets frustrating. When you’re involved in all the record label things your’e like, “Ah, I just wanna play music.” And everything involved with touring- and um, just the whole industry side. And it’s you know, frustrating. [Synonyms for frustrating are as follows: irritating, dissatisfying, annoying, disappointing, discouraging, disheartening…]
What got you into playing?
[Pause] I don’t know, I’ve always played music. It started with piano and guitar lessons. Then I started singing in high school. It was kind of a progressional thing.
Did you start singing for a band?
Yeah. There weren’t many other options for a singer so I just started singing. Yeah. I had to take it over.
Cool. So how old were you when you started piano and guitar?
13. and 15 for guitar.
Please tell me how it feels to be doing exactly what you want to be doing.
Could you tell me how it feels to be doing the job you want to do?
I don’t really look at it that way. I’m kind of just dealing with every small issue as I go and- there’s no real celebration factor ‘cause I’m so far from where I want to be within music. I’d like to be doing much better. I guess I would be pretty bummed if I had a different job. But this is all I know how to do, you know. It’s all I’ve ever done. So it’s kind of the natural thing to do.
So, where would you like to be with your music?
Where do you wanna be?
I um, I would just like to be more successful as an indie artist. Play bigger shows and have more fans. Play music on a bigger- be more successful.
You said a minute ago that you didn’t know how to do anything else- but I was going to ask what would you be doing if you weren’t a musician?
This is all I know how to do. I wouldn’t be doing anything else.
No Plan B?
Yeah. I’m a lifer.
Are there any other artistic endeavors that you take part in?
Uhh, no. I’m boring.
Do you think you’ve had to give anything up to pursue this dream?
No, it just involves normal sacrifices of everyday stuff. I didn’t have to give up anything.
What kind of sacrifices?
Um, you can’t be home a lot. Can’t be in a relationship. That kind of stuff.
What do your parents/family think about you being a musician and your music?
They’re supportive. They’re into it.
Do you have any siblings?
[I had to repeat the question again.]
I’ve got an older brother.
Is he involved in music at all?
What does he do?
He’s a teacher.
Who are some of your musical peers that you really respect or listen to?
[Question repeated twice more]
I have to go- I have to drive. But let me get this question. Yeah- I like new stuff like Kings of Leon and Coldplay.. and Y and.. Kid Cudi and Kanye West.
Can I ask you one more question?
Uh, I really gotta go. Hurry up. Sorry. Sorry..
Most important lesson you’ve learned?
You don’t learn lessons until they actually happen.
You can’t think of any right now?
Yeah, I’m sorry.
You should always be positive and treat people well, because it’ll come back to you. If you’re positive and put out nice, positive [his voice got higher] energy, you’ll receive it back. That’s my biggest life lesson.
Alright, thanks so much.
Alright, thanks. Bye.

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