So, the Sgt. Schlepper’s Who Needs Hearts Club Band Tour Starring Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes and that song with Bruno Mars fame rolled through town last night.. the bill also included Donnis, (who?) XV,(who?) Bad Rabbits (who?) and Black Cards a new band featuring the ever so lovely Pete Wentz. Much to the dismay of Travie McCoy I
sat down leaned up against a wall with Pete and asked him a few questions.
–WORST TOUR NAME EVER.
–BLACK CARDS is your current project, how did you get started with this band, and where did the name come from and does it mean anything in particular?
Honestly, the name pretty much came out of nowhere I was trying to pick a name and I was just not getting anywhere. I emailed my buddy and he suggested it, and I liked it enough to roll with it. It doesn’t mean anything in particular at all. It’s just a name. As far as how did we come to be as a band, A little after Fall Out Boy went on hiatus I was in NY and my friend Sam Hollender kept pressing me to come to the studio and just make some noise. Not for a project or anything in particular, just to make some music. We started mashing some pretty odd stuff together, like British electronica and reggae which ended up sounding a lot like the later stuff by no doubt or like, UB40 or something. It eventually got to the point that we decided we needed a singer to make it work. Then one day we randomly overheard a girl singing in another studio room, and we both really liked it and asked her to join us, I asked some other friends to join later on, and that’s pretty much how it happened. Just sort of randomly.
It’s def not FOB, but it’s not the worst thing i’ve seen or heard.
–So does this mean that Fall Out Boy is done for good?
FOB isn’t done, we just really needed a break. I mean, we were out there for like 7 years straight, and there is no way to not get burned out when doing that. It was tour after tour after tour then an album then a video then this or that. It became less fun after so long. On top of that everyone had personal ideas and music that they wanted to do, Andy and Joe with their band the Damn Things, and Patrick with his solo work. The cool thing is that we’re all in different places now so we can really help each other out musically. The weird thing is, is that we’re like better friends now than we were near the back end of the last FOB tour. There is a better chance now for FOB in the future than there was then.
This isn’t their best song, but the video chronicles their career.
–Your marriage and relationship with Ashlee has been rough lately, whats been the hardest part for you?
I mean, yeah, you know I think that the hardest thing is, is that when you’re in the public profile its hard to maintain your private life, and you really wanna do that when there is a kid involved.
–Pete and Ashlee with their son Bronx.. Happier times I’d imagine.
–Are you and Ashlee still friends?
Yes, Ashlee has been my best friend for like 5 years and she will always be the mother of my child. I have nothing but love and respect for her. Going through something like this isn’t easy, but but we’re friends and the most important thing is to put our son first.
–What are your thoughts on Craig Owens?
No comment.. all I’ll say right now is that I put a lot into Craig. Time, money, support.. and it’s kind of a terrible way to repay a “friend”. But like I said, no matter what my son is first priority in my life right now, then everything else comes after and although my mind won’t stop rushing things to my mouth, I really have no comment right now.
–Craig Owens be trollin.
–What are your thoughts on the music scene today?
I like a little of the A LOT that I’ve seen. It seems like there has been a lot more progression in recent years then there really ever was before. What used to be cool is still cool, but there are 2 or 3 things cooler and more people can do it. Like, everyone seems to be in a band now. Which is great, when I was a kid being in a band wasn’t necessarily the “cool” thing to do. So as a fan of music it’s awesome to see kids getting involved more. Kids are also interacting with bands a lot more now, like on twitter and facebook so that, to me, makes the scene a bit more intimate. To actually interact on a personal level with my favorite singer or drummer or band would of blown my mind as a kid.
–You hinted at a possible FOB reunion, Who would you want to tour with?
I never hinted at anything haha. If an FOB reunion happens then it happens, if not we had a great run, and I’m proud of every second. Honestly though if it did happen, I would like to just do a series of shows in small venues like this one with no heavy support. Not to be cheesy, but just sort of “get back to our roots” so to speak. Maybe do a few acoustic songs, lots of crowd participation.. kind of like that show “storytellers” on VH1 mixed with unplugged.
Rather bland and boring, but intimate as fuck bro.
It was at this moment that Travie McCoy interjected…
Travie: (jokingly) What are you interviewing this guy for? I’m the headliner, ask me a question!! haha.
Me: No Thanks.
Travie: “Wow, I guess you’re not a real journalist then.”
Me: “Yeah, kinda like you’re not a real headliner..?”
He then made some OTW mouth noise and left the area.
Pete and I lul’d momentarily, then in order to continue the interview professionally I proceeded to tell him that I’m actually a “huge fan” of Travie and I was kind of “star struck” and “when I get nervous I become quite rude”. We lul’d again, and by this point I knew my time was almost up so I jumped right to the question everyone has been dying to know.
–What are your thoughts on bands like brokencyde and the millionaires?
What is that called again, crunkcore? haha. I love it. It’s not for me as an avid listener in particular, but it’s smart. It’s grabbing the attention of the kids, which is hard to do, and it’s only getting bigger.
–Any chance Decaydance would sign a crunkcore band?
Anything could happen man, Our roster is unlike any other I’ve ever seen before. I mean we have hip-hop we have rock we have electronica and pop. Why not add crunkcore to the mix? haha. No, but seriously, the label is in a great place right now and since we’re not looking for a quick buck, I’d rather spend the time investing in the current lineup rather than adding to it. But who knows, if the right band came along, and we clicked. It could be a go.
–Awhile back some nude pictures of you popped up online, and recently a new website called Is Anyone Up has been posting n00dz of guys in bands. Have you heard of the site, and do you have any words of advice for the guys that get leaked?
I’ve heard about it, and all I’ll say is this.. Don’t take the picture. Don’t send the picture. Don’t get mad when it leaks after you do. Technology sucks bro.
–You’re gay for wondering.