Me: Hello, Jeremy, welcome to the Phile. How are you?
Jeremy: WAITING FOR THE PLANET TO GET CLOSER TO THE SUN.
Me: Thanks for taking part with this interview. So, your band is called The Jeremy Rowe Band, right? Who do you have in your band?
Jeremy: 4 MEMBERS INCLUDING MYSELF. MARK LUCIER-DRUMS MATT OLSON- GUITARS MARK OLSON- BASS
Me: Congratulation's on being played on Adam Curry's "The Daily Source Show." I know who Curry is, but a lot of younger phans of the Phile probably don't. So, tell us who he is, and why being played on his show was a big deal.
Jeremy: WHEN I WAS AROUND 5 OR 6 I REMEMBER 2 CHANNELS NICKELODEON AND MTV. I WANTED TO WATCH NICKELODEON ON AND MY COUSIN JASON ALWAYS WANTED TO WATCH MTV. I, BEING A LITTLE KID DIDN’T CARE FOR IT. OF COURSE AS I GOT TO A COUPLE OF YEARS OLDER I STARTED WATCHING MTV RELIGIOUSLY. AND ADAM CURRY WAS ONE 1ST VJ’S MTV EVER HAD. SO 20 YEARS LATER HEARING HIM ANNOUNCE MY NAME WAS PRETTY COOL SEEING I HAD GREW UP WATCHING HIM. OF COURSE WHEN YOU ARE A KID TV PERSONALITIES ARE LIKE FICTION. SO HIM PLAYING MY MUSIC WAS SEEING THAT FICTION BECOME REALITY.
Me: Okay, I like the CD "Where The Truth Lies." Tell me about the album cover though. Am I missing something? It looks like a plane at the bottom of a lake or something.
Jeremy: YOU GOT IT. THE TITLE TRACK IS A STORY OF SOMETHING THAT REALLY HAPPENED RIGHT NEAR WHERE I GREW UP. IT IS A TRUE STORY OF A JET FIGHTER THAT SUPPOSEDLY COLLIDED WITH A U.F.O. IN 1953. WHEN I FIRST READ ABOUT IT THEY HAD NO IDEA WHERE THE PLANE WAS. THIS LINK CAN SAVE ME SOME WORDS. http://www.cufon.org/kinross/kinross_missing.htm THEY FOUND THE JET A MONTH BEFORE I FINISHED THE ALBUM. IT WAS MISSING FOR 53 YEARS.
Me: A few years ago you released an EP (with the song "Caffeine & Nicotine", which is a great song) and now you have a full length CD. How do the two compare?
Jeremy: THE FULL ALBUM HAS A COUPLE OF SONGS ON IT THAT WERE ON THE EP. BUT MAINLY MOST OF THE ALBUM WAS RECORDED AT A DIFFERENT STUDIO. AND DIFFERENT STUDIOS ARE ALWAYS DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES, BUT I FEEL THE FULL LENGTH ALBUM IS A MORE TRUE PORTRAIT OF MY MUSIC.
Me: What is your favorite song you wrote? "Dead Star" is one of mine.
Jeremy: THAT’S A TOUGH ONE. IT’S LIKE CHOOSING WHAT CHILD OF YOURS IS YOUR FAVORITE, BUT IF I HAD TO NARROW IT DOWN I WOULD SAY "WHERE THE TRUTH LIES", "FREEZE IN THE FIRE", "IN MY ELEMENT", AND "INNOCENCE, IN A SENSE" WOULD BE A COUPLE.
Me: You're based in Michigan. Whereabouts? How is the music scene there right now?
Jeremy: I AM IN THE NORTHERNMOST PART. WHERE SNOW IS LIFE FOR 6 MONTHS OUT OF THE YEAR, THE UPPER PENINSULA. I WAS BORN AND RAISED HERE, MOVED SOUTH FOR COLLEGE AND MOVED BACK AFTER. THE MUSIC SCENE HERE IS ABOUT AS HAPPENING AS THE BEACHES ON LAKE SUPERIOR IN DECEMBER. WHAT I ALWAYS SAY IS THAT NO MATTER WHERE I AM I CAN STILL WRITE MUSIC TO MY BEST ABILITY. I GET A LOT OF INSPIRATION FROM THE NATURAL SURROUNDINGS HERE, BUT A BIGGER CITY WOULD REALLY FUEL THE LIVE SHOWS MORE.
Me: Have you ever played outside Michigan? I am guessing Illinois would be easy for you to get to and play.
Jeremy: FUNNY YOU ASK, MY MUSIC HAS BEEN PLAYED ALL OVER THE WORLD VIA PODCASTS. GERMANY, GREECE, AMSTERDAM, ETC BUT YET I HAVE ONLY PLAYED LIVE SHOWS IN MICHIGAN. BUT THAT WILL CHANGE. ILLINOIS IS ABOUT 7 HOURS AWAY. I’M SURE IF THERE WAS A DEMAND THE SUPPLY WOULD BE THERE.
Me: What other bands should I listen out for that are coming out of Michigan?
Jeremy: MY FRIEND WHO IS RECORDING MY NEXT ALBUM P.J. OLSSON, YOU CAN HEAR HIS MUSIC ON "CSI", 'THE GHOST WHISPERER" ETC. HE IS ALSO THE LEAD SINGER FOR THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT. ANOTHER BAND FROM MY HOMETOWN I CAN SEE GOING PLACES IS CALLED THE SQUEAKY CLEAN CRETINS. THEY HAVE AN INTERESTING, OUT OF THE BOX STYLE OF MUSIC AND ARE MAKING AN APPEARANCE ON THE FESTIVAL SCENE.
Me: Let's talk about your influences. What wide spectrum, Jeremy. Pearl Jam, Hendrix, the Tragically Hip... wow! I think you are one of the first people I have ever heard that knows who they are. When did you first start to get into them?
Jeremy: THE HIP. THEY ARE THE PEARL JAM OF CANADA. I LIVE ON THE KEWEENAW PENINSULA OF MICHIGAN. IT IS 8 HOURS FROM THUNDER BAY ONTARIO BY CAR BUT ONLY 70 MILES AWAY ACROSS LAKE SUPERIOR. WHEN I WAS A KID WE HAD NO RADIO STATIONS THAT PLAYED NEWER ROCK. SO I LISTENED TO 94.3 OUT OF THUNDER BAY. THAT IS WHERE I FIRST DISCOVERED THEM. AT FIRST I HATED THEM BUT AS I GOT OLDER I WAS DRAWN IN. THEY HAVE A REAL NATIONALISTIC FEEL TO THEIR MUSIC. I WOULD VENTURE TO SAY THEY ARE MY FAVOURITE BAND. ALTHOUGH PEARL JAM IS NECK AND NECK.
Me: Who presently are you into that's more of a current band?
Jeremy: I JUST SAW YOUR NEXT QUESTION AND GOVT MULE IS DEFINITELY A FAVORITE OF MINE. UMPHREY’S MCGHEE IS ANOTHER ONE OUT OF CHICAGO. THERE ARE A FEW OTHER BANDS PEOPLE MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF BUT THEY SHOULD BE MENTIONED SUCH AS ASSENBLY OF DUST, WIDE MOUTH MASON, AUDIOSLAVE, ROCCO DELUCA AND THE BURDEN, RADIOHEAD, ALTERBRIDGE, AND THERE WAS A COOL BAND THAT WAS PLAYED AFTER ME ON A PODSHOW CALLED LUMA, THEY REMNINDED MY OF U2 MEETS MUSE MEETS RADIOHEAD.
Me: Have you opened up for any nationwide acts? Gov't Mule is currently on tour now.
Jeremy: UP HERE IT IS FEW AND FAR BETWEEN THAT A NATIONAL ACT COMES BUT WE HAVE OPENED FOR EDDIE MONEY AND FOGHAT IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS.
Me: I have to ask you this, as I ask everybody I interview the same question... what is your favorite Foghat song?
Jeremy: I GREW UP HEARING "SLOW RIDE' AT HOCKEY GAMES SO IT’S HARD TO HAVE ANY OTHERS.
Me: You mentioned to me "Little Britain" to me before. That is one of my favorite shows. Who are your favorite characters in it?
Jeremy: ANOTHER HARD ONE. I LIKE THEM ALL BUT ONE SKIT THAT STUCK OUT AND MADE ME LAUGH MY ASS OFF WAS WHEN THEY ARE GIVING THE STARBUCKS PRESENTATION AND DAVID WALLIAMS KISSES THE OLD GUY FOR NO REASON. THE LOOK ON HIS FACE IS FUCKING HILARIOUS. BUT ANDY PIPKEN IS A FAVORITE JUST BASED ON HIS LOOKS.
Me: Okay, Jeremy, what can we expect from you in 2009? Any new music?
Jeremy: IN THE STUDIO NOW. WRITING. IT’S COMING ALONG BUT IF AT ANY POINT I DON’T FEEL THIS ALBUM IS GOING TO SHOW MATURITY AND DISTICTION FROM THE LAST RECORD I WILL PUT IT ON HOLD BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO WASTE PEOPLE’S TIME AND MONEY PUTTING OUT HALF ASSED REGURGITATED MUSIC.
Me: And finally, is there anything you would like to tell the phans of the Phile?
Jeremy: I GUESS JUST TO LOOK OUT FOR THE RELEASE OF THE NEW ALBUM IN THE NEW YEAR.
Me: Jeremy, you rock. I wish you all the luck in the world, and looking forward to your next project. Thanks again.
Jeremy: THANK YOU. ANYTIME!
That was a good interview, but like Lindsay Rush, his Cap Lock was on. LOL. Also, at the time of doing it he didn't know who my dad is, which is funny. The Phile will be back tomorrow with The Handful, another great band. So, until then, spread the word, not the turd.