Josh: Welcome to our van by the way!
Jeremy: So, where did the name Houston Calls come from?
Josh: Apollo 13 DVD chapter titles.
Kenny: Itâ€™s like calling houston or something.
Jeremy: Have you guys all been friends for awhile?
Josh: They have, but Iâ€™m just some faggot from Pennsylvania who knew a guy from Madison on Rushmore, who knew a dude who needed a drummer. He gave me his number, and told me to tryout. Yeah, Kenny was in Hidden in Plain View.
Okie: He was the guitarist on â€œOperation Cutthroat.â€
Kenny: Weâ€™ve been playing for like 2 and a half years, but at the same time Jarret and Tom were in the same band together for like 6 or 7 years.
Jeremy: What do you guys think caught the eyes of Drive-Thru Records?
Josh: My dick (laughs all around) NO! Iâ€™m just kidding erase that, erase that! (Laughs)
Kenny: Jarret, Tom, and Okie have known them for a long time from their old band, and were on one of Drivethruâ€™s compilations.
Jeremy: Howâ€™s the relationship with Drive-Thru Records?
Josh: Weâ€™ve known Richard and Stephanie for a long time. We get along with them so well, and we always stay with them if we need to.
Kenny: We had all of our shit stolen at a show, and all of our equipment was insured under their credit.
Josh: Yeah, you see that slime green drum kit? I didnâ€™t pay for it! (Laughs)
Jeremy: When did this happen? Kenny: May 3rd near Atlanta in Smyrna, Georgia.
James: So, you guys were obviously on tour then? Kenny: Yeah, with Adelphi and Self Against City.
James: What did you guys do?
Kenny: Called the cops, filed a report, and flew home.
Josh: Went to Ruby Tuesdayâ€™s, got trashed, and the next day me and Okie drove the van, which was started by a screwdriver. (Laughs) Because it was hotwired, and very trashed, so we drove it all the way back home.
Jeremy: So, besides that negative, do you have any good road stories you want to talk about?
Kenny: We have story, upon story. Josh is kind of gay. (All Laugh)
Josh: Yeah I touch sometimes. (All Laugh again)
Jeremy: How old are all of you? Kenny: All of us our 23, except Josh is 19.
Josh: Yeah, Iâ€™m not drinking right now. This is King Water! (Laughs)
Jeremy: The new album has elements of hope, love, loss, and heartache. What fueled the lyrical content on A Collection of Short Stories?
Josh: Well, Tom and Okie do the singing, and have by far the most extensive vocabulary of all the band. I ainâ€™t even go to college, Kenny failed out of college, Jarret…I donâ€™t even know what the fuck he does, (Laughs) Okie graduated college, and Tom is so so close to graduating.
Okie: Drawing from personal experiences. Whatever I felt at the time went into the music. Most of it is a self confessional.
Jeremy: Who wrote the song Bob and Bonnie?
Okie: That was Tomâ€™s baby. Itâ€™s an homage to his parents, strecthed out a bit.
Jeremy: You sing of pounding Keystones in the song â€œOne More Wonâ€™t Hurt.â€ Is Keystone ass beer, or a tasty treat?
Josh: Keystone is the best cheap beer you can buy! (Laughs) 12 bucks for a case! What it is are rejected Coors cans.
All: Dented cans!!! (Loud Laughs)
Kenny: Keystoneâ€™s easier to stomach. If youâ€™re drinking good beer, and you switch to stones then youâ€™re like what the fuck is this? But, if you stay on stones, youâ€™re golden. (Laughs)
James: When you guys found out youâ€™d be on the Amp 3 snow board game, how excited were you?
Josh: I went snowboarding! (Laughs) No, I have to learn!
Kenny: It was one of our goals to get on a video game.
James: Did someone approach you with an offer to be on Amp 3?
Kenny: Actually, a lot of Drive-Thru bands are in the running to be on the game, I donâ€™t think its decided yet?
Okie: (Talking into the recorder) Vote for Houston Calls.
Josh: Itâ€™s on the Xbox 360, I havenâ€™t even seen that shit! We need to get one!
Jeremy: Whatâ€™s your relationship like with the other Drivethru bands?
Kenny: Weâ€™re friends with certain bands. Hidden in Plain View, Halifax, Adelphi, Hello Goodbye, Day at the Fare, Socratic, and the Track Record.
Josh: Halifax let us use their drum kit for our music video.
Okie: That was Tom (referring to the phone call he just received.) They need us inside right now to start loading up all the stuff.
Kenny: Any closing notes before we go?
Jeremy: Can we do this word game real quick?
All: Yeah, sure!
Jeremy: Iâ€™m going to say a word, and you guys say the first thing that comes to your head.
Josh: Drinking (Laughs)
Kenny: Donâ€™t wanna go! (Laughter throughout)
Jeremy: Band members.
Josh: Gay! (Laughter throughout)
Josh: Sex! (Laughs) Iâ€™m so bad!
Kenny & Josh at the same time: Friendly! (Loud Laughs)
Okie: Guy (Laughs)
Okie: Faggots! (Laughing)
Jeremy: Drive-Thru Records
Okie: Richard and Stephanie.
Kenny: Joshâ€™s butt! (All laughing)
Kenny: Joshâ€™s butt! (All laughing again)
Jeremy: Last question! Who would win in a battle…Pirates or Ninjas?
Okie: (Pause) …Ninjas! (Laughter)