I recently got to meet up with 4 of the 6 members of F.o.N before
their show at The Scene on March 14, 2003. Here’s what the guys had to say about
the release of their upcoming album, the production of this album, and a new side
We just have to redo all the vocals. We’re also looking for another label right
now. We were on Doc Hollywood but they ran out of money so we’re either going
to wait until they have money or until someone else offers us a deal.
Tredent: So what is the status on your new album Adventures in Boredom?
I know it was supposed to come out this past Fall but it still has not come out.
What is going on with that?
Yigel Adato: Currently delayed.
Rubin: Yeah, we’re still currently delayed.
LT: So can you give us an expected release date at this time?
Soon, very soon. Hopefully it will be out by summer because by then the album
will be a year old. The album’s been done since last July but then we redid the
YA: We have two songs left to do on the vocals, but everything else
LT: I heard there is going to be a bonus song on the new
album, is this true?
AR: Yeah, I think we’re going to do a bonus song
with some very surprised guest vocals by some people.
YA: By some very surprised
people (Making fun of Aaron’s comment).
AR: Well, I know for right now we
have Scott Russo from Unwritten Law who is going to do a bridge, and we’re working
on one more. That would just rock my pants off.
Johnny Tredent: Who
produced the album?
AR: Joe Marlett. He’s worked on the last two Blink
albums, he engineered on the new Queens of the Stone Age album, and he did work
on Foo Fighters.
JT: So he knows a lot when it comes to making records
YA: Oh yeah, he’s really really good.
AR: Joe’s super talented
and really knows how to make music. We see real eye-to-eye with him, we never
have issues or disagreements as to where we want it to go or what we want it to
sound like. He just knows we want the big rock drums, big rock guitar, strong
vocals, thumping bass and just making everything sound real clear. Not only that
but he just has become a really good friend to the band.
JT: Does he really
help out a lot with the songs?
AR: Sonically he had more of the say.
We just let him go on what he wanted to do sonically like guitar tone wise and
he’d do it and we’d just be like “Yeah that’s what we want to hear.” We saw very
eye-to-eye with him.
YA: There were parts here and there where he’d be like
“Oh dude, that’s gay take it out.” [Laughs]
LT : But for the most part
you trusted his opinion?
AR: Yeah, it was a very easy album to make.
We weren’t arguing a lot, except for that one incident…
LT: And what was
that one incident?
AR: The one incident was one keyboard part in the
middle part of a song and he started throwing stuff at me and I started throwing
stuff at him, and told me that he’d NEVER listen to that song ever again if we
put that keyboard part in. And then a few months later he called me up and he
was like “you know what? I really like that keyboard part. I’m glad we kept it.”
So that was the one thing, but he stayed at my house the whole time we did the
album down here and the whole time we were up in LA we stayed up at his place.
We just partied a lot and had a lot of fun. He just became a member of the band,
his instrument was the console and it was real cool.
LT: Any plans
for a tour to support the new album?
AR: We’re planning on touring in
the summer somehow. It’s just really tough to tour with Ilan because he’s still
a freshman in high school.
LT: Yeah it must be. So Ilan, how is it balancing
the drum thing and going to school? Does it affect your schoolwork?
And the heroine thing…
Ilan Rubin: No. I lost some assignments this week
but I’m doing pretty fine.
LT: Are your teachers really understanding
IR: No I don’t tell them.
Will from Denver Harbor
adds in: Yeah you don’t tell them about the heroine!
[Another person backstage
heard the conversation]: Wait, the what? What was that? You better talk to your
LT: I know a couple of you guys are in a side band, Denver
Harbor. Do you guys want to tell us what's going on with that?
playing drums and I’m playing bass. Chris Lewis from Pivit and Will from Fenix
Tx are playing guitar.
YA: And I’ve got the harmonica… [not being serious].
LT: Harmonica? Look out!
LT: Because Denver Harbor includes
ex members of Fenix TX, do you think this will help this band get more publicity?
AR: It will definitely help for sure cause I think a lot of kids were
into Fenix TX I really don’t know what the future of Denver Harbor is, it’s just
a new thing so we’re just trying out.
JT: What kind of music is it?
AR: It’s kind of like Fenix TX but its more rockin’. It’s more like the Foo Fighters/Jimmy
Eat World kind of music. Tonight’s our first show.
LT: Do you think
Denver Harbor will affect your playing in F.o.N.?
AR: No. F.o.N is both
of our [Ilan and Aaron] number one priorities and Denver Harbor is a side project.
I know for Will and Chris it's their main band, but it's not going to affect our
playing in F.o.N. F.o.N is number one for us.
LT: Anything else you
would like to say?
YA: Props to the homies.
AR: For the record, we
are not bros.
Danny Rubin (who has been silent during the rest of the conversation)
adds in: or bras…
AR: We’re not bros or bras, we’re not from north county,
we don’t ride in big trucks, and we’re not in fraternities.
me because I’m not old enough.
AR: I think Joel’s a super cool kid and I
think he deserves a lot of respect because he’s done a real good thing with that
LT: Word. Thanks for your time guys.
FON interview and pictures by Lindsay