Dead Country Talks "Us Open of Surfing", "Boring Love" and So Much More
Sat, 06 Aug 2011 14:06:26
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The 2011 Nike US Open of Surfing is the perfect summer festival.
With a stage erected on the sand in Huntington Beach, surfing, skating, biking, and numerous gorgeous Southern Californians frolicking around in bathing suits, it's essentially the closest thing to heaven on earth. Last night, Los Angeles alternative rock mavens Dead Country performed a captivating set of catchy cuts for the packed crowd just before Jimmy Eat World. Frontman Nick Long is still thrilled about the whole experience the morning after.
"Honestly, I think it was the most fun I've ever had playing a show," he smiles.
It's most likely the most fun any one in attendance had at a concert too! Today, fans can catch Surfer Blood and MGMT on the beach late this afternoon in Huntington.
Dead Country singer Nick Long spoke to ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino about the 2011 Nike Us Open of Surfing, "Boring Love", and more in this exclusive interview…
How was your performance at the 2011 Nike US Open of Surfing last night?
It was amazing. Honestly, I think it was the most fun I've ever had playing a show. I play a lot of shows, so it was pretty cool. There were a few thousand people there, and everybody seemed to be having a great time. It was a beautiful day, and the star was overlooking this sea of people on the beach. It was the most incredible view from a stage. Everybody was in a good mood having a blast. We feed off the crowd, and it felt great. We weren't standing on the sand, but the stage was setup on the sand. There was a half-pipe, and areas with skating and BMX riding going on. Obviously, it's a surfing event too.
Have you ever played on the beach before?
I've never played on the beach. I've done some Warped Tour dates near the beach. In New Jersey, there's one on some old boardwalk. In Ventura, Warped takes place by the beach. I've never played literally on the sand before.
How did you get hooked up with the US Open of Surfing?
We do some work with Hurley from time to time. Our buddy there invited us to come play the show, and we couldn't say no. It's a different vibe like a festival. Everyone is there to have fun. It's not a super serious event.
Do you surf?
I surfed when I was a little kid. I got my first guitar when I was eight-years-old, and everything else just didn't matter anymore. Our guitar player Johnny Black is really into surfing. We both grew up in Santa Barbara together. He definitely stuck with it more than any of us did.
What's the story behind "Boring Love"?
For me, it's more specific. Generally speaking, it's about being with someone for a while and falling out of love. You forget why you're with them. You're stuck in a routine, and there's nothing real or sincere that's keeping you there for any reason other than being in that routine. It's tied to events in my life, but it's about realizing this love isn't what you want anymore.
Is it important for you to tell stories with your songs?
I don't know if I've ever written a song that's completely fictional. I don't ever write in character like Ziggy Stardust or anything like that. I write from my own life experience and tell stories as a way of getting it out of my head. It's easier for me to work through something like a breakup by writing about it.
Can you delve into "Euro Thrash"? The video really stands out.
We had a lot of fun shooting it. The poor girl who's in the video is a model and actress from Los Angeles. She was just waiting around all day. We didn't even start shooting her until three or four o'clock in the morning. We all felt like the video felt the vibe of the song. The song is about me running away and moving to Europe when I was 22- or 23-years old [Laughs].
Where's that black and white picture on the band's Facebook page from?
I actually have no idea [Laughs]. Johnny put it up the other day. It looks like Humphrey Bogart standing in the shadows. I like it. We shot this alternate video for "Euro Thrash" in our practice space. It's in black and white, and I thought the aesthetic was really cool. I'd like to stick with that vibe and do more black and white stuff.
If your EP were a movie or a combination of movies, what would it be?
[Laughs] I would like to go with a combination of Donnie Darko, 400 Blows, and Caddyshack. That was my shining moment of the interview [Laughs].
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