Joe welcomes Workaholics‘ Comedian Erik Griffin and Motion City Soundtrack to the set and we talk about the difference between playing shows and doing it for tv, the perils of record labels, touching fans through the internet, and Erik gives a hand-fart tutorial.
After the far reaching talk, Candy Hearts take a break from recording with Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory to pop in and perform “Tongue Tied,” acoustically for us.
Motion City Soundtrack is an American rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, formed in 1997. The band consists of founding members Justin Pierre (lead vocals and guitar) and Joshua Cain (lead guitar and backing vocals), along with keyboardist and moog synthesist Jesse Johnson, bassist and backing vocalist Matthew Taylor, and drummer, percussionist and backing vocalist Tony Thaxton. Motion City Soundtrack has released four studio albums and sold almost 600,000 records throughout their career, including over half a million in the United States alone.
Erik Griffin is a first generation American-born comedian/actor. Erik made the decision in 2003 to quit his job and plunge headlong into making comedy his full-time occupation. The challenge paid off as Erik’s career blows up in the wake of his landing a major role on Comedy Central series, Workaholics as “Montez Walker”.
Candy Hearts is the project of Mariel Loveland, Christian Migliorese, Kris Hayes, and Christina Picciano. Their sugary brand of punk-tinged indie delivers just the right amount of 90’s nostalgia. Loveland’s introspective lyrics create a portrait of youth for all that it is—carefree, innocent, and fun, yet uncertain, lonely, ambivalent, and pissed-off. The band is currently in LA working on a new EP with Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory.
00:01 Complete Control Opening.
00:58 Welcoming Motion City Soundtrack and Erik Griffin.
01:23 Working with Epitaph again after a major label, and sleeping in children’s beds.
03:27 Erik’s ideal comedy situation to record.
05:44 The experience of performing on a big tv show.
07:33 Erik retires from show business and makes a triumphant return.
09:26 The real life connection between Erik and Montez from Workaholics.
10:48 Sound effects and early comedy influences.
12:05 How to cope with wacky morning radio.
13:06 Pros and cons of being on a major record label.
15:31 A clip of Erik live at the Laugh Factory and an insane ticket giveaway.
19:47 Facebook’s influence and ‘real people’ using Twitter.
23:44 Finding authentic fans online and dealing with them in the real world.
26:09 Using Kickstarter to make records and tour and creating a partnership with the fans directly.
33:33 A live performance of “Tongue Tied,” by Candy Hearts.
36:30 Joe wrestles with Chris from Candy Hearts and takes us out.