Kill It Live ends with three new studio songs. They don’t sound like they’re leftover from Radiosurgery. Can you give me a little bit of background on where those came from?
Yeah, they’re definitely fresh. I feel like I wrote the music in the sound checks, I wrote a lot of the music in the soundchecks of the Sticks And Stones 10th anniversary tours. There is a reason why they are a little bit more energetic, because we’re on that tour and it’s just wild and we’re playing and you just start writing.
I really want to know who “I Want To Believe” is about, by the way.
I think it is about everything, you know? I don’t think it’s about one person in particular or in general. I just think it’s about that whole thing in music that’s going on and questioning a band’s integrity. Are you doing this because you really love it or are you doing it because you’re checking in and checking out when your bank account gets low? Are you willing to play in front of five people when the going gets rough, or is that not why you’re here? It’s about questioning bands’ intentions, I guess. And there are so many bands I think you can question that you can’t even narrow it down to one.
I have a couple more questions about What’s Eating Gilbert. It’s definitely a nostalgic project for you and it draws upon a lot of what you’ve grown up with, ’50s rock and ’60s rock—that greaser aesthetic of that time period too. Some might even say that it is Cry Baby-esque, from the Johnny Depp movie. Obviously, What’s Eating Gilbert is a reference to the Johnny Depp movie What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?. So I have to ask: What is the next step of Johnny Depp’s career that you will mimic or be inspired by? Will you be a pirate? Or are you going to go to Las Vegas to write a crazy album?
I’m going to be great with scissors.
Like cutting trees, I’m going to get into yard work.
My absolute last question: Now that I know what’s eating Gilbert, what is Gilbert eating?
Gilbert is only eating between eight hours a day and fasting for 16 hours a day. From noon to 8 p.m., I can pretty much eat anything I want. Gilbert is eating a lot of VeggieGrill. I’m drinking a lot of apple cider vinegar. It is kind of gross. I’m eating lots of punches in the gym. What else am I eating? You know, what’s eating at me is people asking me if I’m in line if I’m not in line. Like, I’m way far away from the cash register and I’m getting a napkin. I’m not in line.
This is happening to you all the time?
Yes. Hundreds of times a day. What you should be doing is standing in front of the cash register.
So if you see a Chad Gilbert in the wild, you can ask him for a picture, but you cannot ask him if he is in line.
I am not in line.
For anything ever?
Well, what I do is now, because it bothers me so much, if people are fiddling around too much, I just walk right up to the register and if they say, “Oh,” then I let them go around. But I will never ask them because if I’m standing at the counter, they’re not next. alt