The Starting Line interview
*Sarah Herman*
Warped Tour * Atlanta, GA * August 1, 2002
BurningStars: Why did you remake older songs instead of writing new ones?
Matt Watts (guitar):
We remade four or five songs because they never got heard. We had an album of 12 songs that never
got heard.

BS: What bands or types of music influence your sound?
Matt:
Jimmy Eat World. Blink 182.
Mike Golla (guitar/vocals): LL Cool J. Nas.

BS: What is the song "Drama Summer" about?
Mike:
Kenny writes all the songs so we really don't know.

BS: If you could tour with any band (dead, alive or broken up) who would it be?
Mike:
Grateful Dead and Blink 182.

BS: Have you ever had any weird fan experiences?
Mike:
People in general are weird. We are all not cool. We are dorks!

BS: How does it feel to be playing Warped Tour this summer?
Matt:
It's great! A dream come true.

BS: What is your favorite CD at the moment?
Mike:
I don't have one.
Matt: The new Good Charlotte album.
BS: Is their new CD any good?
Matt:
It's awesome! And Park.

BS: What is the best and worst things about touring?
Matt:
The best thing is that youa re in a different place every day with your best friends. Worst is missing your bed.

BS: Have there been any embarrassing moments on this tour thus far?
Matt:
I caught Mike jacking off last night.

BS: Where do you see yourselves in ten years?
Mike:
Doing something in the industry.

BS: Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?
Mike:
People notice so keep working!
Matt: If your heart is in the right place something good will happen.

BS: Are you going to be doing any headling tours anytime soon?
Mike:
It's funner to open up for bands than just being the headliner.
Matt: We're not doing any headlining tours for six to eight months.

BS: What do you do in your spare time?
Matt:
Jerk off a lot and phone sex. My girlfriend lives in Florida and I live in Pennsylvania so it's a lot of phone sex. You should
see my phone, it's a mess.

BS: What is your favorite city to perform in?
Matt:
It's not a city but north Jersey.
Mike: Yeah, north Jersey. The people there are just cool.

BS: How did you get your name?
Mike:
We pulled it out of a hat.
Matt: We put 400 names into a hat and we picked the three words out of the hat.

BS: How would you describe your music?
Mike:
Neat. Happy.

BS: What is the best concert you have been to?
Matt:
Jimmy Eat World.

BS: Do you have any pets?
Mike:
Three lizards.
Matt: We used to have a bobcat. It got shot when my brother was practicing his shooting range. I didn't like it anyway.

BS: What is your favorite song to perform?
Both: "
Leaving".

BS: If you could be anywhere right now where would you be?
Matt:
Not here. Just kidding! I would want to be here or at home.
Mike: Here or at my house.

BS: Have there been any pranks on this tour yet?
Matt:
Yeah, fish, eggs and some really nasty shit. This one guy put a dead gutted fish on Kenny's head.

BS: What would you be doing if you weren't in the band?
Mike:
Trying to be in a band.
Matt: Shoveling shit at my dad's farm. I used to do it when I was a kid and I got paid $10 a day.

BS: Do you like touring in the US or in Europe more?
Matt:
Europe. The people there appreciate the music more.

BS: How old are you guys?
Matt:
I'm 23, Tom is 22. Are you 22?
Mike: I'm 21.
Matt: Mike's 21 and Kenny is 18.

BS: How did you guys feel about Kenny lying about his age?
Mike:
It was cool. We didn't care. 15 was still young to me since I was 18.
Matt: He used to be really shy and not talk a lot. But now he is one of the coolest people we know.