Bobby Monroe - 08.30.13

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Bobby Monroe - 08.30.13The following is a mini interview of generic questions that we posed to all bands that wanted to answer:

Bobby Blake Monroe


1. How did you get your band name?
Well, it's my name and I couldn't come up with a better band name, so I just figured, since I played everything on the EP, I might as well just use my name.

2. How did this band get started?
I wrote a whole bunch of songs in my last band American Parts, and when that band stopped playing I felt the songs were too good not to record and release so I decided to record them alone and release them.

3. What bands are you influenced by?
Brand New and Thrice obviously. Who isn't influenced by them? More recently though Owen, Whiskeytown, and Jimmy Eat World.

4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
It would have been awesome to tour with Jimmy Eat World, those guys seem to be cool and down to earth. More realistically All Get Out would be fun to tour with. I've known those guys for a couple of years now so it would be cool to just hang out with friends and play some rock and roll shows.

5. Best food to eat on tour?
Chic-fil-a, I've never had a bad experience and the spicy chicken sandwich and waffle fries are where it's at, plus I'm from the south so sweet tea is always awesome.

6. Why should people listen to your band?
Honest songwriting with a strong focus on memorable melodies. I have a really strong desire to make pretty music, and I believe I'm starting to get better at that with what's going to be on the next record.

7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?
Poker is a sport now right? I mean the world championship of poker is on ESPN, so I guess I would say whoever won that most recently. It would be nice to have the money and poker is fun. Other than that I guess a professional kayaker would be cool.

8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
My fiancee, family, friends, and Nicholas Cage.

9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
More focus on music being valued for its intrinsic good rather than marketable.

10. Memorable tour experience?
I got to play the music farm in Charleston, SC a few weeks ago which was an amazing experience. I've seen so many good shows there; Minus the Bear, Smashing Pumpkins, Explosions in the Sky and a ton of others. It was the biggest venue I've ever played and it was just an all around cool experience.

11. What does AP.net mean to you?
Well, to me it's just a larger scale of the local community in music I grew up in. There may be different opinions on things but (for the most part) there is at least a since of brotherhood (and sisterhood) within the scene which I believe comes a lot from the work that AP.net does.

12. What is your favorite song to play?
"Stay," the last track on Cartography Volume I, is the most fun to play. The chorus has this great groove to it and is huge, and with the backing band live we have a 5 part vocal harmony going on. Also, the bridge where everything drops out but guitar and vocals gets pretty intimate which is awesome.

13. What is your vacation spot of choice?
I love Asheville, NC. It's a great beer city and I love to tour all of the breweries and sample a bunch of great craft beer.

14. What music reminds you of your childhood?
The ocean. I grew up on the coast of South Carolina, which was awesome because I could walk to the beach from my house. It was just a really neat way to grow up.

15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?
It would be cool to be able to make copies of myself. It would certainly make life easier because I'd be able to tour full time and continue law school. Other than that, who doesn't want the ability to fly?

16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?
Three beers and a shot of whiskey.

17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
I have a degree in philosophy and religious studies.

18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?
I don't listen to the radio much at all, and when I do (usually because I forgot my iPod), I listen to the classic rock station. I don't believe that, as a whole, radio is a viable place where quality music can flourish these days. I do think that my music could be on the radio because I focus a lot on creating memorable melodies, but I think that radio really doesn't want catchiness as much as it wants marketability, and I don't know exactly how marketable my music is. I certainly think people who like the bands I like would enjoy my music, but the bands I like aren't on the radio so it's a strange cyclical thing going on there.

19. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I guess if I'm not playing music I'm in law school, and when I'm not doing law school I'm doing music so there really is no 'spare time.'

20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?
I can cook an amazing chicken pot pie.
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