Fire Season on the band's debut EP, American Gladiators and "dad tolerance"
Westword: Did you and Sam come up with the name of the band together?
Edgerton: I was actually in a band in Albuquerque called Fire Season. We obviously broke up because I moved. I asked all the guys if they minded if I took it. There was one guy that still gets fussy about it, but he's [silly].
DeVoss: I think we were pressed for that Joan of Arc show, right? There was kind of a name floating around but I didn't think it was good.
Edgerton: It's the only one we could all agree on. You can't really make fun of it. It's not the best; it's not the worst.
DeVoss: You just kind of need a fairly safe name. You hope it's good. But bands today have names like Concrete Truck or something, and they're just a great band. Or The Polo Club and it's like, "Oh, they're huge!" Anything goes nowadays.
Braakman: We started as Magnetic Sleep, but after we lost a couple of members we thought we needed a new name because it wasn't representative of the new band.
Westword: It's not a name like Your Dad's Butthole, which is a real band from Denver. Or Vaginal Blood Fart, which is a band I think novelist Nancy Collins used.
Braakman: That was on our list, actually. It's catchy.
DeVoss: Nice. Aggressive. But memorable. That'll catch your eye.
Braakman: I'm going to have dreams about that tonight.
Westword: "Pterodactyl." Let's start there with asking if the titles have anything to do with the songs.
Braakman: A couple of them do. "Pterodactyl" is an instrumental song that's not even about the dinosaur, technically. It's about a sexual act. We don't need to get into that. Let's just say we like dinosaurs.
Edgerton: Look it up on Urban Dictionary.
DeVoss: When I learned that, they gave me the real meaning. This was when we first started playing. So you know that when you can joke around about stuff and get each other's humor I felt like it was comfortable. I knew I would fit in and be crude.
Westword: How about "Homeschoolin?'"
Braakman: A lot times we just write a new song, and before there are lyrics, whatever word comes up that day is what name it gets. I don't know where that came from, to be honest with you.
"Purple Roundy," on the other hand, is named after a contestant on American Gladiators back in 1989 or 1990. Just a phenomenal character, this guy is. That's his real name. His occupation is demolition derby driver, according to his biography. Me and my bandmates in the group 1908 Googled his phone number and decided to call him one night. I talked to him for an extended period of time on the phone. I don't know why we were so fascinated with his triumphant American Gladiators appearance, but it stuck in my mind. Recently, we called him again, because I still have his phone number in my phone, but unfortunately, this time, his girlfriend would not let me talk to him.
DeVoss: She probably doesn't want him to get all keyed up on his Purple Roundy days.
Braakman: I just thought he needed a song named after him because he's a magnificent human being with a magnificent mullet and a magnificent moustache.
Westword: How about "Mirrored Minds"?
Braakman: Oh, that's a song about discontent.
DeVoss: Just being grouchy.
Braakman: Just whatever that day brings. The state of affairs in your life. That just means I think we're all on the same page of discontent.
Westword: What about "Mouthpiece"?
Braakman: It's just an angry song about systems in general and...
Braakman: Yeah, I guess so. I guess it's kind of a common them.
Westword: You're so punk rock.
DeVoss: We see exactly what's wrong with things. We just can't provide any solutions or resolve. Maybe the resolve comes in the song.
Braakman: Maybe our next EP will be all about the solutions to being discontent.
Westword: Did you mean for the first letter of the track listing to follow the order "M,P,H,P,M" -- like a palindrome?
Braakman: Oh we totally meant to do that.
Edgerton: Yeah, we spent hours.
DeVoss: When you say the song titles like "Mouthpiece" out loud, I think, "Oh is that what that song is called?"
Braakman: It was originally called "Dad Voice" because Ben was talking about having to use his dad voice one day.
DeVoss: I think it stems from "dad tolerance" too. "Dad tolerance" is (like) once you become a dad, for some reason you can drink more and never get intoxicated. You kind of always keep it cool. Keep your wits about you.
Westword: Is this a real phenomenon or just wishful thinking?
Braakman: He thinks it's real, but you should see him after one of our shows.
DeVoss: They've seen otherwise, probably. It's wishful thinking.
Westword: My own father thought the same thing and say, "I'm not drunk" and I'd kind of get John Bender on him and say, "No, dad, you are."
DeVoss: You usually aren't this happy, dad. It's not the throwing, hitting kind of dad. It's like the cheerful kind of dad.