The following is a mini interview of generic questions that we posed to all bands that wanted to answer:
A.J. Bartholomew-Lead Gtr/Vocals
1. How did you get your band name?
Our old bass player thought of it. It comes from the old anime cartoon, Vultron. It's been rumored we stole it from the porn star. Either works for me.
2. How did this band get started?
Taylor, Chris and I (AJ) have been playing together for several years. We met Brandon and Adam through bands we've toured with. Ken Seaton from Hardline Entertainment and Fletcher Dragge from Pennywise gave Chris and my band a chance to do
the Warped Tour in '07. From that point we became AllurA.
3. What bands are you influenced by?
Misfits, AFI and Slipknot are some of the biggest, but the list goes on. For guitar writing I really like Randy Rhoads and Tony Iomi.
4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and
AFI absolutely! Beyond being my favorite band of all time, they put on one of the best live shows Iíve ever seen. Thereís so much energy and crowd participation. Killswitch Engage were on Warped Tour one of the years we did it, and everyday they killed
it. Especially their singer Howard Jones; heís so good and makes it look way too easy. Slipknot would be badass. Chris and I have seen them live twice and their shows are incredible. Our music really draws from a lot of different genres, much like Slipknot, so I think their fans would really like us. Pantera, Metallica, Guns 'n RosesÖthe list goes on.
5. Best food to eat on tour?
We usually get excited about In-n-Out when we come back to the west coast.
6. Why should people listen to your band?
People should listen to our band because we love all sorts of music and we believe it shines through in ours. Whether it's melody, guitar, lyrics, or just overall feel, we choose the parts that mean the most to us. It could be metal, rock, classical, folk, hip-hop, electronic, pop, or absolutely anything.
7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?
Michael Jordan. To the dismay of many of my band members I even have a Michael Jordan tattoo....
8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
Friends, family, fans, everyone who has supported us. Ken Seaton from Hardline Entertainment for getting our foot in the door and pointing us in the right direction. Fletcher and everyone from Pennywise. Every band that's influenced us and every band that we've played with.
9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
I'm all old school. I still buy CDs and vinyls. I never download music....ever. I like knowing everything about the bands, and I like supporting. Otherwise I'd feel like a hypocrite.
10. Memorable tour experience?
Fletcher let me play guitar on Bro Hymn with him when I was 20 at the LA Warped Tour at the end of our first go-round with the tour. And the time on Warped Tour in '08 (we were in Scranton, I believe) when our old singer, Mitch, wouldn't allow Katy Perry to join in on our game of Cornhole. He had no idea who she was and he was kind of a dick to her. It was hilarious.
11. What does AP.net mean to you?
It's an awesome place to hear about new and up and coming bands and learn more and more about older veteran bands. Itís also a great way to exchange ideas and share passions in music.
12. What is your favorite song to play?
"Bark at the Moon" by Ozzy Osbourne. The chorus riff is my favorite of all time.
13. What is your vacation spot of choice?
Vegas. I think that says it all.
14. What music reminds you of your childhood?
AFI and the Misfits and the Beatles. For the first 5 years or so that Chris and I played music together it was made up made up of mostly AFI and Misfits covers. I think it was a really good starting place. The music isnít always the most elaborate but itís catchy as hell. And the call and answer/group vocals have definitely stuck with us over the years. Itís still pretty prominent in our new CD. The Beatles were basically the only thing Chris and I listened to until almost middle school. Itís our dadís favorite band so it was always on in our house. I still listen to them regularly.
15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?
The ability to morph into and be able to play guitar like Yngwie Malmsteen.
16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?
I stretch a lot, and I do vocal and guitar warm-ups. I mostly just try to calm down. Chris usually likes to warm up by singing Sublime.
17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
I love Seinfeld, I love basketball and I can probably cross you over.
18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's
a place where your band could flourish?
My CD player broke recently so I've been listening to the radio quite a bit. And I'm enjoying most of what I hear. There are a few of our songs that I think could do well on the radio, but for the most part, we're way too epic for the radio.
19. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Watch Seinfeld, play the guitar, get tattoos and piercings.....oh and cross people over.
20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?
......crossing people over, and I'm a smooth operator....yeah buddy.