Change The Record’s London duo, Karin and Nellie recently had a chat with Every Avenue guitarist Josh Randall. Pump jump included.
Karin: So, what’s been your favourite place to play in the UK?
Josh: Erm, so far London’s been amazing and Leeds. Actually, all the shows.
Nellie: Which was your favourite?
J: That’s so hard though…
N: You have to pick.
K: There is only one right answer here…
J: London was the biggest show we played and the crowd was amazing, so I’m gonna have to say London.
K: So, have you had a chance to sight-see?
J: We haven’t had the chance to see too much of London yet, but Leeds was really cool, Glasgow was too.
N: I’d say London, cos you’ve gotta have a bit of hometown love.
J: I haven’t had the chance to view it yet but soon.
N: What’s your favourite city all over? We know you’ve been to Japan and other places.
J: I like the UK a lot and then Tokyo was amazing. They’re kinda wishy-washy answers but every city has its own charm.
K: Very diplomatic!
J: Well, you guys have the best accent.
K: When have you just gone with it and regretted it?
J: There’s some girls that I might have had one too many before I started talking to ’em and the next day I regretted it! Haha.
N: Haha, bad choice.
J: Yeah, well it was only really one that was like, “OH MY GOD!”
K: Haha. For this next question, you know that song ‘Put Your Hands Up For Detroit’?
J: Oh, yeah.
K: What bands are you currently putting your hands up for?
J: Four Year Strong are amazing, we just did some holiday dates with them. They’re one of the best bands live I’ve ever seen. I like Nicklecreek, they’re a folk band. Elliot smith is always great, Elliot Smith is amazing, I like a lot of folk-y stuff.
N: Good Old War?
J: Good Old War?
N: Really good band, they did the album stuff for Anthony Green.
K: Oh, how’s the pump jump movement going? World domination?
J: It was just an inside joke that the band made a stupid video for. It was like, haha, yeah, let’s make this video, more for us ’cause we thought it was funny ’cause it was a joke. I get asked all the time to pump jump, it’s crazy, I mean it’s cool.
N: I don’t know the pump jump.
J: I’ll do one!
[Josh proceeds to pump jump, lolz ensue]
N: That looks pretty epic.
J: It looks simple but it’s pretty hard to master, I’m not gonna lie.
K: You invented it so you can do it!
J: Me and Jimmie [Deeghan, Guitarist for Every Avenue], Jimmie’s a better pump jumper than me.
K: So, do any of you actually live on a road with the word Avenue in it?
J: I don’t believe any of us do, I think we all live on either roads or drives but Every Avenue’s more of a statement of we’ll do whatever it takes to get where we need to go.
Tay [Nellie’s friend interrupts]: Anything? Your tour manager did do a shimmy and a little thing for £2!
J: I believe that, our tour manager actually turns tricks while we’re on the road.
T: Hey, gotta get that money somehow.
J: Get that dollar, right?
K: Do you have any plans to come back to the UK?
J: Right now, we don’t have anything solid but we really wanna come back. Hopefully, we can come back later this year.
N: Plans for the new album?
J: Yeah, we started writing, we have a lot of the album done right now and I think we’re gonna record in April after the Take Action tour. It should be out by Warped Tour so July.
K: Are you playing all of Warped Tour?
J: About half of Warped Tour.
K: Favourite food?
J: Mexican food, tacos or lasagne, pizza.
N: Since when was lasagne Mexican? It’s Italian!
T: Well, maybe Quesadilla?
J: Well, yeah Quesadilla.
N: It’s a battle between Mexican and Italian.
J: Hey, I love ’em both. Dearly.
N: Favourite drink? We see you have a beverage in your hand now!
J: I like, actually I’m drinking Becks which is one of my favourite beers, Stella.
T: Oh, nooo, have you had Grolsch?
J: I had Carlsberg the other night.
T: Oh, nooo, Kronenberg or Grolsch.
J: Alright, I’ll look into it.
K: Have you had snakebites? A lot of people come over here and say ‘we need snakebites!’
J: Yeah, I had several, I had too many!
K:Your favourite guitar?
J: I play a Fender Telecaster.
N: Nice and simple.
K: Yeah, favourite shoes?
J: Converse All Stars, these are a little beat.
N: I just wore the shoes I wore to the last Boys Like Girls show.
J: There ya go, I wanna get some boots, though.
N: What’s your opinion on Jimmie’s solo stuff?
J: Yeah, it’s good. I support Jimmie in whatever he does, it’s cool. We all write music on our own.
K: Do you have any solo stuff?
J: Yeah, if we get to the point where we get the time. So if we get the time; I like folk music so it’d be like that.
N: Your favourite folk artists then?
J: Bob Dylan, Elliot Smith, Nicklecreek, I don’t know.
T: Have you read the Elliot Smith book? It thanks everyone that inspired him.
J: No, I haven’t seen that around.
N: What are your reading styles?
J: Today, I’ve finished reading Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller, I think it’s an awesome book. I come from a religious family, I mean not particularly religious but it’s an interesting take on Christianity. I like checking everything out.
K: Change the record, what other bands do you recommend in 2009?
J: Personally, I’ve gotta say Dear Noel, good friends of mine, they’re really good so check those guys out. Friday Night Boys are gonna do big things in 2009.
N: Thank you for doing the interview, Josh.
J: It’s been awesome!
Every Avenue join Cute Is What We Aim For, Breathe Carolina, Meg & Dia and Anarbor for the Take Action tour, with dates across the USA starting on the 11th February.