DAMNiT GILLEY PRESENTS:
OZ MOUSE, what brought all of you
together and what do each of you bring to the band?
here! We decided to condense the band name to FOZMO because so
many people couldn't find us. That's what we go by now. Originally the
band started as a two piece folk punk(ish) duo. We met in college and
began writing, recording, and playing shows. That other guy has since
left the band but before he did he transferred to UNCG. His suite mate,
CHRISTIAN happened to become our drummer. We were a 3 piece for some
time until Aaron joined on bass. I knew Aaron from high school and had
been in several bands with him. When the other original member left
Aaron switched to guitar. CHRISTIAN introduced us to one of his
coworkers DEXTER who jumped in on bass. We met our lead guitarist
DALLAS from playing shows with his old band. As for what we bring:
CHRISTIAN brings the most gear. AARON brings his guitars and
accidentally breaks them. DEXTER brings his bass, but not much else.
DALLAS brings his fiance. JORDAN brings crippling anxiety, horrible
stage banter, and his acoustic.
does it feel to live in the shadow of the animatronic CHUCK E CHEESE
band? Do you feel as though this has influence your music or any
habitual drug use?
is someone we all grew up with, and looking up to him back then, we
never thought we would get out of that shadow, or need to. However,
CHUCK seemingly has gone downhill in the last few years. I saw him the
other week, and it breaks my heart to see him so washed up and strung
out. It's like watching the PUDDLE OF MUDD epidemic all over again. I
hope he can get better, but we have changed our name to FOZMO to break
that tie and hopefully get out of his shadow very quickly.
albums/eps do you have out currently?
One EP, TOBY, and
our singles HOME and GRASS.
Do you have any
upcoming projects that will be released in 2018?
just recorded 5 songs down in Georgia at GHOST KIDS COLLECTIVE with LEE
JENNINGS (THE FUNERAL PORTRAIT). The plan is to release them as an EP
in March before we leave for tour.
I am not mistaken, you have your own annual gathering called MOUSE
FEST...can you tell me a bit about this and what brought it all
do! We had been talking for a couple months after our EP release show
about throwing another show, but making more of a festival setup. We
were just beginning to plan the date and that's when CHRISTIAN found
out his grandmother had been diagnosed with lung cancer, so he
immediately suggested we turn the festival into a fundraiser for her.
We ended up having 10 or 11 bands, rappers, and solo acts from all
across NC come out and we ended up raising over $1200. Since then, his
grandma has gotten the cancer out, while on our end, we have partnered
up with HUNSTAMAN CANCER INSTITUTE. HUNSTMAN now sponsors MOUSE FEST,
and we donate to them to assist in cancer research.
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How would you
describe your live show? What sets your show apart from other bands in
the music scene?
play acoustic sets sometimes but even in our full band shows we include
acoustic. I don't think many (if any) local acts have acoustic in their
sets. We also include a bit of raw noise created by a technique similar
to bands from the 80s like SONIC YOUTH and DINOSAUR JR. There are
plenty of noise artists and plenty of loud bands but not many actually
include the raw noise IN their music. Also, JORDAN's a terrible dancer
and it's very entertaining. Another thing that we feel like sets us
apart is that CHRISTIAN and DALLAS have come up with a point during our
sets where they will climb on their equipment, or DALLAS will go climb
something off stage, depending on the venue. It seems as if some local
artists now are afraid to do stuff like that, so we enjoy pulling that
extra bit of excitement.
What would you
describe as your biggest musical influences when writing music?
all listen to vastly different styles of music with CHRISTIAN coming
from ska punk and modern hardcore, DALLAS coming from pop punk, and
JORDAN being our resident emo overlord. But I'd say BLINK 182 and FOUR
YEAR STRONG are both a unanimous choice for all of us.
you have a favourite song that stands out among the rest or are you
that "parent" that lies and says they love all of their children?
is a really tough one for us. I can say our fans seem to love singing
along to 743 with us though! 743 is also the one mentioned earlier
with DALLAS and CHRISTIAN climbing their gear. It's a really fun song
because over it's lengthy time, it captures almost every element that
we put into all of our other songs at some point, and sums up our sound.
Do you have any
bands that you would like to give shoutouts to or general people out
there in the world?
give it up to LEE JENNINGS for helping us with the new record, as well
as CHRISTIAN's mom for letting us practice in her basement at ungodly
hours. Would also like to give a shoutout to our friend ALEX STIFF (THE
FILL INS). He recently started up a new line of energy drinks themed
after his band, called Hate Energy and has given us our first
sponsorship. Go find Hate Energy on Facebook!
I'd like to give you the platform to discuss anything that you would
like, the floor is yours to promote an upcoming project, to drop a word
to your mom, or even tell the CHUCK E CHEESE CORPORATION to fuck off.
got our new EP coming out early March, a couple of east coast
mini-tours, Mouse Fest 2018, and a lot of new material coming.Also,
fuck you CHUCK for never letting us play in your venue as kids.
my name is
Jeremy. I'm a
Virgo and like
long walks on the beach. I also have a tendency to be very crazy, you
could say insane. You know, restrained by a straight jacket with a
muzzle on my face but isn't that what ROCK N ROLL is about? Going
fucking crazy and having a good time despite what others may think or
even creating revolutions? This is why Rock N Roll best sums up my
life. If that bothers you then please feel free to write it down on a
piece of paper, fold it up real nice, and shove it up your ass!"