Reese Roper (Five Iron Frenzy, brave Saint Saint, Roper) granted me one of my first interviews ever—for my cut-and-paste zine, Third Nail. I thanked him by giving him a can of Spam. Now we’re both much older and we’re doing it again—interviewer and interviewee—to celebrate the holidays with another Christmas Un-Wrapped.
Speaking of wrapping, I’m still hoping to get brave Saint Saturn’s third and final release, Anti-Meridian, for Christmas. That is, if Reese ever sends me my review copy (I’m pretty sure it’s a lost cause). Also, remember to keep a look out for The Rise and Fall of Five Iron Frenzy, a documentary about FIF to be released in early 2010 and distributed by Asian Man Records.
What’s your fave Christmas song/Christmas movie or cartoon/Christmas cookie?
Christmas Song—“Oh Holy Night” as recorded by Seven Day Jesus. I have literally wept several hundred times while listening to it. I’m not even kidding. It is made so much better by the fact that there are only about 12 good Christmas songs and thousands of other horrifically crappy ones.
Christmas Movie—Die Hard. YES, it is a Christmas movie- the credits play out as Run DMC sings “Christmas in Hollis”.
Christmas Cookie- Peanut butter cookies are the best, no matter what time of year.
New Year’s resolution—yes or no? If yes, what is your resolution?
Resolution- No. Revolution- Heck yes! 365.25 times a year I enjoy the earth revolving on its axis!
Have you ever recorded a Christmas song of your own—what song did you do and what makes it the best one on the planet?
Five Iron Frenzy recorded a horribly botched version of “You Gotta Get Up” by Rich Mullins. I think hospitals now use it as a cheaper way to induce vomiting than stomach pumping. Were we to be able to do it again I would have chosen to cover “Christmas in Hollis” by the aforementioned RunDMC in some sort of lounge style.