Updated: 07/20/03

Mixing a hardcore delivery with metal guitars and catchy choruses, A Static Lullaby are making a big name for themselves in their home state of California and beyond. Their album And Don’t Forget To Breathe and energetic live shows have garnered them quite a fan base. I had a chance to talk with guitarist Nate while they were on tour somewhere in America. Chances are at this very moment, as you read this, they are on the road heading towards the next town…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in A Static Lullaby and tell me how long the band has been together.
I’m Nate and I play guitar. And the band has been together for like two years in August.

You just got off a tour with Finch. How did that tour go and were there any horror stories while on the road?
I can’t think of any stories. It was a great, great tour. It was really good for us. We played in front of a lot of people every night, plus we’re really good friends with Finch. The first tour we went on was with Finch, and we’ve known them ever since. We’d just been waiting for another opportunity to go out with them and have some fun again and we got to. And it was a lot of fun.

Aren’t you guys from the same area?
Yeah. They live in Temecula and we’re from Chino Hills – about a half-hour or forty minutes away.

So far, what has been the best and worst part of touring?
Well, the best has been playing music every night to a bunch of kids who came to see you and who go crazy – there’s nothing like it really. It’s a lot of fun going to places you’ve never been before. But then you also get homesick – you miss your family, we miss our girlfriends and our friends. We take the bad with the good stuff.

I took a look at your website and it looks like you guys are gonna be gone for a long time.
Yeah, we’re not going to be home for a little bit. We’re gonna be busy for awhile, but it’ll be worth it. We’ll be having fun, making new fans and new friends.

Where did you get the name A Static Lullaby?
Actually we had an old guitar player – it was actually before I was in the band. When they first got together, they had a dude named Freddie who played guitar. He came to them one day and said he had a dream that that was their name – A Static Lullaby. And everyone liked it so it just stuck. And then they kicked Freddie out, and then I joined – which was like a couple days later.

I wonder if Freddie had a dream he’d be kicked out of A Static Lullaby…
(Laughs) I don’t know about that.

How did you initially hook up with Ferret?
We had been getting attention from labels here and there and we basically decided to say fuck all that for right now. We’re gonna do shit the way we want to do it until we’re ready to sign with someone who we like and who wants us – someone who’s genuine and not full of bullshit. We toured in the summer and we played Hellfest and Furnacefest. We first met Carl from Ferret at Hellfest and then we met him again at Furnacefest and talked to him a little further. He was a guy that we all liked the most — he creeped us out the least out of all the other guys. He was a really cool guy – we hung out with him and partied with him. He’s just a really nice, genuine guy and we decided to settle down with him.

Speaking of Furnacefest, I was there and I think that was the hottest weather I’d ever been in.
Oh, that was disgusting! It was horrible. Our friend Raymee, he was out on tour with us for that little run – me and him passed out in the van for like five hours with the air on and just wasted all of our gas. We woke up and the van on empty and everyone was pissed at us.

It was a fun fest but it was way too hot.
I can’t stand the heat like that.

Yeah, even with us being from California, it was still not good. So were you guys initially going to be signed to Drive-Thru?
That was one of the first labels that showed interest in us. And Phil from his old band knew Richard from Drive-Thru and he hooked us up with out first show. We were talking to him and we just decided to explore our other options – we just didn’t want to jump into anything. So we kind of took it slow and now here we are.

Is being on a major label something you guys want to do one day?
I’d say yeah. It’s not something were opposed to, but that’s not our main goal really. It’s not what we set out to do, but if it came along and if everything was right and we could do shit our way, then I’m all for it.

In a live setting, who in the band is the most accident-prone?
Nate: I don’t know – we’re all pretty clumsy and shit.

What’s the worst thing that has happened to do during a live show?
Nothing worse than equipment problems and strings breaking – equipment crapping out – bullshit like that. Nothing serious.

So you’ve never fallen off a stage or nothing like that.
Oh no. Phil hit Joe in the head with his bass one time and kind of knocked him silly. Other than that, nothing really serious.

The only safe person is the drummer in the back.
One of these days, he’ll probably get knocked out too. We’ll find some way to fuck him up. (Laughter)

Have you guys ever gone on a European tour?
No we haven’t. Finch asked us to go out on the UK with them, but we couldn’t afford it. Carl could not afford to send us and it was not the right time. It’s all good. Finch was cool about it. We told them we can’t and they say, “Dude, your coming next time!” So we’ll get over there – it’s just a matter of time and money. As soon as we can afford it, we’re all over that shit!

If you guys were asked to appear on a heavy metal tribute, what song would you want to do and why?
That’s a tough one. I’d want to do a Strapping Young Lad cover, just because I really fucking like that band.

Have you heard their new album yet?
I haven’t heard it yet. I’ve read some reviews and heard some good shit about it. I haven’t heard any of it though. I’m a big fan of Devin Townsend.

What is your favorite hair metal band?
I don’t know, but we were just listening to Warrant earlier. I like the Scorpions a lot – they’re fucking rad. I really like Metallica. All that shit has an appeal to me – I like it – it’s fun.

Well let’s turn that question around – if you were going to do a pop song, what would that be?
Probably like a Backstreet Boys song or some bullshit like that – just to have fun with it.

What member of A Static Lullaby would be most likely to leave the band and join the Backstreet Boys?
Brett is probably the hottest one in the band – the pretty boy. So probably Brett.

So what are the future plans for you guys – what’s up next?
We’re on tour. We’re going to be touring for a while. We’ll take little breaks here and there just to stay sane. But we’re going to be pretty much on the road for 2003. We’ll fucking tear it up everywhere we go, anywhere we can with whoever will have us.

Do you have any messages for fans or people who haven’t checked out your CD yet?
Fucking check it out! (Laughs) Give it a listen. And if you don’t like it, that’s cool dude. If you like it, that’s even cooler. We’re here for whoever will listen to it. We’re doing this for us and we’re doing this for whoever’s here with us.


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