More!More! – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and More! More!
PD: What type of artist are you?
MM: Thomas: We are punk-rockers through and through, making music from the gut that makes people get in touch with feelings that they might suppress so deep, they can barely even tell they exist. We peel back that Oreo cookie and present that creamy goodness within by telling stories of loss, love, and rock and freaking roll.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
MM: Dan: Thomas and I met while in the parking lot of a nondescript park. We locked eyes, and it was kind of like we stared into one another’s soul. Almost, spontaneously, a guitar fell into Thomas’ hands, and a bass into mine, and we immediately struck the same chord. It was viral, vile, and louder than any of the park rangers would allow. We got kicked out instantly, and that was the formation of More! More! Or… we worked at the same school as teachers in Pasadena and were bored one day so we started a band that sounds like my last name because Thomas incorrectly put it into his phone contacts as such.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
MM: Thomas: PUP is our big one. We vibe on them hard, but we listen to everything: The Hives, Sublime, Rancid, NOFX, 311, Screeching Weasels, JANK, The Ramones, but our biggest influence is… each other. 😉
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
MM: Dan: Have you ever heard of Madison Square Garden? We want to be able to afford the hotdogs there. They’re super expensive. We also want to play rock shows all over the world, feed fans good music, and general rock and roll harder than any other band known to man. We’re all about building a scene. Our big vision is to get every band with two words repeated in their name together for a big FESTIVAL FESTIVAL!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
MM: Thomas: I do. No. Dan does. No. We both do. We collaborate totally. If I write the chords, Dan will write the lyrics. If Dan writes a verse, I’ll write a chorus. If I eat half a sandwich, Dan will finish the other half. We kind of do this mind-meld thing. Like the pre-cogs in Minority Report. That’s how we write our music. In a big bath of milk. They’re all songs about adult angst, lactose tolerance, and being broken up with.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
MM: Dan: We promote on IG, FB, two-letter places mostly. We are on Spotify, Youtube, and Itunes. We have a website moremoretheband.com, and we shout a lot out of my window. Thomas lives on the second story of an apartment complex. We get a lot of followers that way.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
MM: Thomas: With the advent of the Internet, it’s hard to fathom what music was like prior to it. What? You put on the radio and listen to thousands of songs you didn’t like before you find a song you dig, and just hope the host says the name of the song after it’s played? That’s crazy! I want music now! I want it injected into my earlobes immediately! I want music ALWAYS! Everything at my fingertips in an instant. The only way to get music that quickly is through downloading. I totally disagree when people say, “Stop all the downloading.” I say, “Download!”
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
MM: Dan: I wish we had written Gangnam Style. The dance is so good, and the song is so catchy, I feel like it’s my spirit animal. I also would have liked to have written our new song Blast This Song With The Windows Down because it’s dope, and WE DID write it!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
MM: Thomas: B.O. Cocker Spaniels. Eating deli meats without bread. Finding crumbs in the car seats. Sleeping on crumbs. Crumbs on the floor. Crumbs that get behind the fridge. Basically, I guess, I can boil my pet peeves down to crumbs.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
MM: Dan: Playing music always makes me proud. I love how we can play it anywhere, all the time, and have a good time. I think it’s not about the moments that make the music, but the journey that I am proud of.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
MM: Thomas: We’re working on a song with Dave Schiffman, the producer of PUP. He dug our sound and wanted to work with us, so we’re producing a song with him called, “It Doesn’t Matter.” Because, really, nothing matters.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
MM: Dan: Check us out on Spotify, Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, and our website. Buy our record. Buy our book. Listen to our christmas jam, “Hey Santa!” Call us. We’re down to have some coffee with you anytime as long as you treat.