An interview with Andy Goldman
By Debbie Seagle
RNW: So, you’re a stripped down model
of a band. No heavy jewelry, no tats.
Andy: Once again, K.B.’s got the
RNW: Oh, so the serious one’s got
Andy: He’s the only guy in the band
with tats. It’s the serious one.
RNW: I’ve been doing some serious
tat watching today.
Andy: There’s some impressive art
work about today.
RNW: Definitely. You weren’t
in the Puerto Rico scene, where you?
RNW: You were in the Miami scene
Andy: It was kind of Miami.
We’re more from Ft. Lauderdale. We’re centered in Ft. Lauderdale.
RNW: Oh, spring break!
Andy: Exactly. It used to be
real big there, but not much any more.
RNW: I’m from the Midwest, and that’s
where we did spring break.
Andy: Ft. Lauderdale and Miami are
real close, like half
hour away, so we would play Ft. Lauderdale and then maybe once a month
go down to Miami Beach or West Palm 20 minutes north of there. We
kind of spanned that area.
RNW: I understand you are going to
shoot a video for “Endure” with cameos by your Ozzfest brothers.
What’s the story on that?
Andy: We put a video out for “What
a Day” and it came out. We weren’t really ecstatic about the way
it came out. We got a big time producer to come in and do it, director
and all that s***.
RNW: Did they kind of pull in the
reins and you wanted to do it a different way, or what?
Andy: It was cool at the time, during
shooting, but the final edit and everything, we just really weren’t happy
with it. So this time we really wanted to concentrate on making it
what we wanted to do. So, we’re putting it together. We have
a friend coming out, the same guy who designed our album artwork, he’s
going to come out and we’ll get a couple of nice cameras out and run around
for maybe two or three days and just get shots of every body. We’ve
already talked to almost every band on the tour and they’ve said they’d
love to do the video, so . . . we even talked to Sharon (Osbourne), and
she said her and Ozzy will go and make a little appearance in it as well.
Andy: That’s going to be like the
clincher at the end. Its going to be awesome.
RNW: Okay, so is it going to be like
a live Ozzfest video?
Andy: Its going to be an Ozzfest
video, but for our song. We’re going to have shots of everybody in
our crew, everybody – like I said – in other bands. We’re going to
have shots of the crowds at Ozzfest and us playing. Its probably
going to be mostly live footage of Ozzfest show and there’s going to be
actually a little something going on. I’m not going to give everything
away, but there’s an actual twist going through the whole thing that I
think is pretty cool. That should be out hopefully before Ozzfest
is over, but the way things work, it might not happen. We’ll see
what we can do though. We’ll try to get it out pretty quick.
RNW: Tell me about your Spanish song,
“Orgullo (Pride).” (Debbie rollllls her rrrrrrs)
Andy: “Orguuuullo!” Yeah, I’m
not Spanish either, but I can make that sound too.
RNW: How do the fans react to your
show of pride in your band’s Latino heritage and roots?
Andy: Well, it really depends on
where you’re playing. It depends. We don’t play that song all
the time, depending on where we are and if we can see if there’s a Latin
fan base there. Some places like the mid/northwest, north west, there’ll
be no Spanish people out there, so you don’t want to get out there and
do this five and a half minute song all in Spanish and they’re just like,
huh? But when we come here to California we play it all the time
and kids go ape-s*** over it. Can I say ape-s***?
RNW: Yeah, you can say whatever you
want to me sweetie. There are no words that you can’t say to me.
Andy: Oh cool. But you know,
I mean, we only have that one song in Spanish. We’re not really trying
to be like a Latin act or anything. Its just that one song.
Its an old song that we’re playing and two of the guys in the band are
Puerto Rican so we kind of have a tie in. The whole meaning of pride
is not just about being Puerto Rican, its about being proud of who you
RNW: I think that’s cool. I
think it says something about the band’s identity. You know?
Its like, this isn’t commercial, this is who we are and what we are.
Andy: That’s what we’ve been trying
to do the whole time. Our label has been really behind us in that aspect.
They could have maybe tried to push us as a big radio single band and got
a song on the record like “What a Day” and just forced it down MTV’s throat.
Forced it down the radio’s throat. Its just money. If they
could blow us up that way, we’d be like a big band that everybody knows
for that one song. But we kind of wanted it to be more touring based.
Like, just have a better foundation of kids seeing us like three or four
times. I think we’ll be around longer that way and have more respect
that way. We’re trying to do it that way. Things are moving
a little slower for us than other bands that we’re friends with.
Some bands we’re out with have just really blown up like, surpassed us.
You know, their record just came out. But, I’m proud of what we’re
doing and I think we’re doing it the right way and I think we have integrity
the way we do it.