Morley Seaver: What is the significance of the bandís name?
Rose Perry: For that Iíll actually turn you over to my lead guitarist because he came up with it. His name is Jesse.
Morley Seaver: How you doin' Jesse?
Jesse Tomes: Not bad, yourself? Iím assuming youíre asking about the name? (laughs) I actually came up with it...even though weíre not a political band, itís fairly politically aimed. It was back when Bush just came into office and I was fairly mad about the whole fiasco, not that Iím any less mad now, but thatís another story in itself. But it was just kindaÖI was questioning why people were just kinda following who theyíre told to as opposed to, you know, second guessing their heroes. Itís almost like we live in a society where weíre told these are our heroes and these are who we should be like and thatís the end of it. And itís just sort of, the name kinda of means opposing the idea of the hero, because itís almost like itís a status thatís given to us by society and we donít question it at allówhich really has not much to do with the stuff we write about but itís, thatís where it came from nonetheless.
Morley Seaver: Itís a personal thing for you yourself.
Jesse Tomes: Yeah but everybody seems to agree with me because they wouldnít take the name if they didnít but at the same time our lyrics donít really get political. Thatís just sorta my personal feelings on politics and with the way itís going right now. Iíll give you back to Rose. (laughs).
Morley Seaver: Can you tell me about the other band members and what it is about them that contributes to the positive chemistry of Anti-Hero?
Rose Perry: Jesse Tomes is my partner in crime in terms of songwriting. Basically how it works is I write the song structure, the lyrics, the melody. And as Iím no Angus Young I bring over the guitar lines to him and he adds his personal flavor, his personal zest and definitely comes up with some wicked riffs and wicked solos...and then Nicole (Nic VanHaverbecke), if it werenít for her we definitely wouldnít have as heavy a sound as we do. She is a death metal queen. (laughs) Like her favorite band is Pantera. She may look the most innocent but donít let that deceive you. (laughs) Sheís all about , you know, the head banging and rocking out and screaming just like the guys so with her influence it adds that heavier sound. She contributes the awesome back-up vocals. And also sheís very creative. She started out as a guitarist so her bass lines are extremely creative and I really, really like her personal style. She doesnít do things that are typical. And I think the thing that makes our band so original with its sound is literally weíre all coming from very, varied musical backgrounds. So we come together with these influences that clash at times but somehow it ends up working and coming together and working for our music to create a really cool sound.
Morley Seaver: So tell me about the record. Is there a statement to be told about your collective songs?
Rose Perry: Each song definitely has a message to it within itself. But I think as a band, one of the central themes that we definitely try to promote is be yourself. Do what makes you happy in life, and the only person thatís really going to hold you back in that situation is yourself, you know. Like there are tons of people who can be out there and tell you that youíll never get there or that youíre not good enough but really the final factor in that decision and gets you where you want to be is yourself. And if you donít try youíll never know and so I guess we want to be a band that kinda inspires people to just go out there and at least try. Youíll never know the possibilities. Weíve all kinda been kids who wanted to fulfill that rock star dream and you know we came together as a band and there are no guarantees in this industry considering how cut throat it is and you know, I still donít think weíve entirely made it but weíve got to a point at least where we can say weíre successful in the indie world and we get a lot great recognition and thatís awesome. But if we had never tried, we never would have known. So weíd like people to go out there and follow their dream just like we did.
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