Looking at their pictures, listening to their music– everything about Lunatic High makes me smile and I was thrilled when they offered me a chance to ask them some questions that, as usual, have nothing to do with music. This is a long one but trust me when I say this is a super fun interview. I loved that all of the members of this band participated so you truly get to know each of them a little bit better. If you don’t have time to read it, just scroll to the bottom and make sure you show them some love and give them a listen (and then come back later for a giggle while you read through the interview!)!
What’s your go-to purchase at a gas station (outside of gas) when on a road trip?
Daniel: I usually grab an Arizona Green Tea, Chex Mix, and some form of Trolli Gummies. If I’m set to drive the late shift, I will grab some form of cold brew coffee from the refrigerated section to pound later. If the gas station offers Penis Enlargement supplements, I make sure to pick them up during checkout for Rob, since he’s too embarrassed to get them himself.
How would you describe your music to your parents or grandparents??
Rob: I would probably be like “Grandpa don’t listen to this, it’ll hurt your insides.” My parents love this shit though, so I didn’t have to tell them anything.
What’s the most awkward date you’ve ever been on?
Ryan: I once went on a double date to see Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The movie theater was an hour away. It was my date’s friend and new boyfriend that were the other two, so me and the other guy didn’t know each other at all. About 20 minutes into the movie, my date, and her friend decide they want to sit in a different row than the two of us, so they move. By 45 minutes into the movie, they had both left and didn’t say anything to either me or the other guy. I wasn’t about to leave after driving an hour to get there, so me and that guy stayed and watched the movie together. Never saw him again after that. End of the day I wasn’t even that upset because Scott Pilgrim blew me away and is still one of my favorite movies.
Have you ever been able to finish a Rubik’s Cube?
Rob: Nope. My dad can do them, but I am functionally braindead and the Cube would probably finish me off first.
Daniel: I have completed a Rubik’s Cube exactly once. I was 12 or so and our library had given them out as a reward for reading books. I worked on it for a few days and finally had it completed. I felt proud of my accomplishment and displayed the completed cube in my room. One day, my younger brother got his hands on it and mixed it up. I tried for weeks to solve it again but could never get it back to the way it was. Eventually it was thrown out and I have never tried again.
Everyone says that every crowd is their favorite but, what city has the best audience and why is it Minneapolis?
Nat: We’ve heard legends of the Minneapolis audiences going hard like no other, but have yet to experience it firsthand. We can attest that Baltimore audiences can throw down and may be hard to beat. I guess we will have to come and find out which city rages harder.
What’s your go-to coffee order?
Daniel: I like my coffee like I like my lead singers: Hot and Brazilian. If this isn’t offered, I’ll settle for a Cold Brew without anything added because it reminds me of how cold and bitter the world is.
When playing Monopoly- who is the banker, who is what “icon”, who is the first to flip the board, etc.?
Nat: Rob is the banker, because he enjoys being in charge of us.
Ryan is the iron, because he is the band’s true diva, always upstaging me with his immaculate outfits.
Daniel is the shoe, because he has the best dance moves I’ve ever seen and I bet he can tap dance (but won’t tell us).
And I flip the board after being sent to jail, because God forbid you dodge paying some income taxes here and there.
Rob: Nat is the dog, because it looks the most like a capybara and if she loves those so much she should marry one
Daniel is the top hat because it’s nearly the same height as him
Ryan is the car because I can easily see him driving one of those, but the way the Flintstones drove cars with their feet
I would be the iron, because I definitely had those drop on my head multiple times as a child. And as an adult. But mostly as a child
What’s the worst concert you’ve ever been to and why?
Nat: Technically, the worst concert was one that I HAVENT been to, and that was Royal Blood.
I bought the tickets for me and my brother to go catch them in a city 3 hours away from where we used to live, in Silver Spring.
Of course I was late out of work and when we got there, they were playing the last song. We got to stay over at a horrible Inn and leave first thing in the morning.
So, Ben and Mike, if you guys ever feel like doing ticket giveaways in your next US tour… Think about those Brazilian siblings that just want to damage their hearing in a fantastic rock show!
What’s your favorite method of listening to music (i.e. vinyl, cassette, 8-track, etc.)
Rob: I live in a deaf household, so on the surround sound speakers as loud as I want at all hours of the night.
Favorite lyrics of all time? (it can be a full song, a phrase, etc. just please let me know who it is and what song!)
Nat: Definitely the chorus of Paper Planes, by M.I.A:
“If you catch me at the border, I got visas in my name”. The way she plays into the image that bigoted americans have of immigrants is genious. I wish I could write something like that. Or at least, that I could be one of these cool immigrants that can “get (a visa) done in a second if you wait”.
If you were to rob a bank, what would be the song playing in the getaway car as you escape?
Ryan: Is there any other choice besides Yakety Sax? No matter what happens next, it’s guaranteed to be comedy gold.
What’s one thing I should know before listening to “Graveyard Shift”?
Daniel: If you’ve ever listened to music before, then this song is for you. It has instruments and a song structure. The lyrics have a meaning and will make you feel a certain way. In the words I received from a fortune cookie: “Try it. You may like it.”
Have you ever actually worked a “Graveyard Shift”?
Ryan: I have! I used to work the Ikea warehouse unloading trucks. People would often get drunk and drive the forklifts, so we were often a gnat’s ass away from being a graveyard ourselves.
What are your thoughts on ghosthunting in graveyards?
Ryan: I don’t have to hunt for ghosts, my house is haunted already. I really wish the asshole would stop moving my stuff.
Rob: I regularly play the game Phasmophobia, and I usually play in VR. 11/10 would recommend, especially for the faint of heart. I have definitely never screamed playing that game.
But, seriously, an amazing track, and I love the blend of genres! Is there more to come from you in this vein of things?
Rob: Hell yeah, thank you! Yes, we have three more songs already done and nearing release, with another two that are about to be recorded. The next one is dropping in November, and has a bit of a darker sound, the third will be a funky metal groove, and the fourth is a little blend of Graveyard Shift and our November release.
You heard it here first– As Daniel said, if you’ve ever listened to music before, “Graveyard Shift” is a song for you! I know that’s a bit cliche and silly to say but honestly, it’s true. There’s a little bit of everything in this track and it is beyond perfect so, as mentioned, take a listen, show them some love on their socials, and tell all of your friends about how amazing Lunatic High is!
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