Stranded In Stereo: The Stranded Q&A - Hollywood Lies

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Stranded Q&A - Hollywood Lies

Hollywood Lies, has only been around for a little over a year, but has already been making a splash on the music scene, having played 100+ shows in their short time together. They've shared stages with the likes of The Ataris, The Cab (Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen) and There For Tomorrow (Hopeless). They have even spent a few days playing the Kevin Says Stage of the 2008 Vans Warped Tour.

Hollywood Lies is planning to do a new record, and will be going back to the studio with Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount (Cartel, Mayday Parade). Consisting of Mathew David (Vocals/Guitar), Marc Verity (Guitar), Zach Bond (Bass), and Johnny Barbas (Drums), Hollywood Lies is looking for a new lead singer. You can check out more info on this at their MySpace page.

1. Hailing from Boston makes us better than all those non-Boston bands because:
"We've got wicked pissa accents, bro. Plus, we can out-drink you. And we've got bands like Boston, Aerosmith, and Godsmack. Wait... maybe we shouldn't brag about Godsmack. How about Four Year Strong? They have some of the gnarliest beards I've ever seen."

2. Name at least 3 bands that are still around and touring that you'd love to be on a bill with, and think that it fits well:
"Well, I'm going to say Fall Out Boy for one because I'm just head over heels for them. It's a little ridiculous and we could never really tour with them, but it'd be nice to open a local date of a show. We all love Blink 182 as well, and those guys put on a killer show, they definitely influence our poppier side and their jokes are miserable but hilarious at the same time. And lastly, Ludacris. We started covering "Low" by Flo-Rida, and I love rap, so I started including Ludacris flows during some of our songs and it's so much [fun]. I'd love to get up on stage and rap with him. I think that would be incredible."

3. Your favorite Boston venue to perform in is:
"Harper's Ferry. Hands down. Everybody at that place has been awesome to us. From the sound guys to the bouncers, it's always awesome there."

4. Are there any genres that influence your music conceptually, rather than sonically? (In that you can't hear from simply listening to the music, but from getting into the structure or mathematics of the song-writing, etc.):
"I would definitely say Metallica. Johnny (drums) has been a big Metallica fan for a while, and likes to reference things that they do when we're writing, and it works out really cool because they're concepts I was never exposed to because when he was listening to "Ride The Lightning," I was listening to "Dookie." Another influence that has been big for me has been Green Day's "Jesus of Suburbia." The idea that you don't have to have every song verse/chorus/verse, you know? That song has like 8 bridges in it, and each one of them are amazing."

5. Your favorite local bar to hit up when not doing the whole band deal is:
"Probably Harper's Ferry. We love to go hang out at Paper - it's this 18+ dance night that our good friends in Boston Party Management run, and their bands/DJs always kill it! They've had some killer groups there, and we love hanging out at Paper."

Hollywood Lies will be getting back in the studio this month, be on the look out for some new music.

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