Mikey’s Words

In Interview on August 21, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Tell me about Hat Trick Heroes- what do you guys bring to the table? What do we bring to the table? Roast pork. We’ve been playing as Hat Trick Heroes since 2004. But, me and my brother have been playing since 2002. Then we started playing classic rock cover songs. But, then Chris, our drummer, came into the picture and everything went to hell from there. I mean that in a good way ‘cause he’s nuts.

What do you mean “went to hell”? Oh, he just introduced me to everything that was wild and crazy in the world. Like bad, I was a bad person.

Do you have an example? Some of it I’d rather not say; I’ll just say drumming.

Why would you rather not say? No, no, no. [Laughs] On drumming, he’s like, the power of Keith, no, no, I mean the power of John Bonham with the wildness of Keith Moon. His energy is pretty contagious and I’ve never really met another drummer like him. Ever.

When you started did you lay down what you wanted to sound like or what happened there? Really we just wanted to uh, back then Emo was really popular, like it was in its hay day and it pissed us off so bad that our main objective was to destroy Emo. But, now it’s dead anyway, so I guess we killed it.

Very good. What are some of your personal influences? Um, jazz music, Radiohead, and Oasis are big ones for me. Um, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Doors– all kinds of stuff, though.

When you guys first started playing classic rock covers did you have a favorite that you liked to play? Um, we played so many… our signature cover became “War Pigs” because we used to play it for like 13 minutes to like, fill in space. We’d jam for like ten minutes. We still play it a lot.

You just played a few shows out of state- can you tell me about that? Chris is kind of an Iowa native; ever since his parents moved up there he’s been back and forth. So, we’ve been back and forth. We do a lot of stuff in Iowa. Um, we’ve played Summer Jam which is the classic rock fest. four out of the five years they’ve had it. We just got back from doing that. We opened for Bret Michaels a couple weeks ago. That was before his like, brain exploded. Um, but we go there a lot. I actually don’t– if I had to say a second place that was the most hometownish, it would have to be Des Moines.

[Pause] I’m trying to form a question about Des Moines. Do they have corn? Yes.

How much corn? A lot of corn. There’s your article.

Tell me something interesting about Des Moines. The other night when I asked you about it, you said a couple really interesting things. Um, let me gather my thoughts.

Okay. Des Moines is really small compared even to Florida. So if you’re anywhere even remotely civilized you feel like a big shot. But, it’s like the biggest city in Iowa, so it’s even another level of elitism I guess. [Laughs] And it’s a totally different culture. Everything’s really close-knit. Um, the people are really aware of what’s going on locally and just about everyone has lived there their whole life. Here, everyone’s from somewhere else and that’s the difference. Because, they’re so close-knit and they really care about what’s going on and here, there’s a lack of caring. Any transplant place has a lack of caring because they’re from a different culture. And Des Moines has a really friendly culture and a real close-knit culture.

Does Tampa inspire your (creative) writing? Yes, I have an antagonistic force though.

Yeah? Yeah. I mean, not that I’m– Tampa has some perks. But the weather’s not one of them. And the culture’s not one of them. And so, um, it’s kind of like “On The Road” where it’s all about being somewhere else. Kerouac was sick of New York and he was traveling across the country for something better. The same kind of thing happens here where I’m thinking, ‘damn, it’d be nice to go to New York’ or ‘nice to to go to Chicago’ or whatever… and Los Angeles. And then when you do, it’s even better. But then when you’re gone, Tampa looks better. Then you get back and you’re like, ‘hey, what the hell was I thinkin’’?

What about it looks better when you’re away from it? I think anything looks better when it’s in your mind, because nothing’s really as great as you think it is. You know what I mean?

[Nods.] So, you’ve lived in Tampa your whole life- what do you appreciate about it? Well, um I really appreciate Ybor City and I grew up there. I didn’t live there but I grew up in Ybor City because my dad owned Jazz Cellar, which is that jazz club I was telling you about. So, I was like a little kid running through a bar basically, full of smoke and boos and drunk jazz musicians… my dad sittin’ there on the bandstand. You know, and I’d be in the back, in the fridge eating the cherries that they put in the Jack and cokes. There’d be a big bottle of them. And so that was my idea of Florida growing up, was that scene.

Your dad was a musician? Yeah, he arranged music, he still does. He plays the Baritone Sax.

From the time I met you, you’ve been talking about leaving Tampa after school, where would you like to go? New York City. I will end up there, probably.

Probably? [Laughs]

[Laughs] You never know.

What do you think will be different for you when you get there? The weather. That’s the biggest thing, man. I’m not even gonna lie, it’s the weather.

You’re wearing like, three layers. Yeah, and I wish I was still cold, wearing it.

[Laughs] I’m only wearing two. Come on. [Laughs]

What’s something you’ve learned about yourself recently? Um, something I’ve learned about myself… I’m kind of shy. And I’ve learned that because I’ll be in a situation where I really need to say something and I just can’t. Just can’t do it. And here I am at Starbucks, talking my ass off.

I think it’s the coffee. Yeah.

Is there anything that you can remember you needed to say at one time but couldn’t? Um, it’s not even like, important things. It’s like, me at the grocery store asking if they’ll cut up my steak so I can make stew, you know?

You never ask? Well, I did. But it took something out of me to do it. But, I made a good stew later.

[Laughs] That’s good. What’s something you’ve learned about humanity recently? Um, I don’t really believe that people change.

No? No. I mean, people can wanna change, people can act differently, but who they are really doesn’t change.

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