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- Posted on Mar 9th 2012 10:50AM by Theo Spielberg
How does this project differ from your work in Alkaline Trio and your previous side project, Heavens?
I was solely responsible for the crafting of the songs. With both Heavens and Alkaline Trio, it's very much a team. I love writing with people that I love and respect and taking an idea, pulling it to pieces and then rebuilding it to something that breathes. With 'Babylon,' I went in commando style.
I had the songs written so I did recruit people to play. Jarrod and I have become really good friends because of this project. Before this we had never met. He was recommended to me by a mutual friend/musician. I've been friends with Hunter for years and a big fan of his playing so thankfully he came down and did it. I've just recruited two guitar players who are really good friends and rippers. We gonna party.
Your foot was crushed by a truck last fall. What happened and are you all healed up?
It did indeed. I was on my motorcycle, stopped at a light. My stance was really wide and I was spacing out as the light changed and the semi to my right didn't see me and slowly ran over my right foot. I was wearing steel toe Dr Martens thankfully. I broke a bone in my foot and my ankle bone was completely broken free. I healed really fast and back to riding and surfing and playing shows. The doctor told me my boot saved my foot. Thank you, Dr Martens!
What touring plans do you have? Will you be playing only songs from this project?
We are talking late-May in select cities in the U.S. After that, we'll see ...
What's next for you and Alkaline Trio?
We're talking about recording a new album in the fall. Dan and I have both been writing songs for it.