The long lost 3 Pill Morning interview. I thought I accidentally deleted this interview when all of the sudden I stumbled upon this. It’s a few months out of date, but I still wanted to share with you because 3 Pill Morning is the type of band that will steal every show they are on. I applaud any band that tries to follow 3 Pill Morning. They’re a combination of all things rock and it makes for one great show. I got to catch up with front man Jeff Stebbins at the Rock the District show with Candlelight Red, Three Years Hollow and Theory of a Dead Man.
Bob Zerull (BZ): Were you guys out here with Three Years Hollow a few months back? Jeff Stebbins
(JS): Yeah I forget what tour we were on but we stopped off it one night to play with Three Years Hollow at the Red Stone room in Davenport Iowa.
BZ: My editor and I were there and we were like who’s this other band, they’re awesome? You guys weren’t supposed to be on the bill right, weren’t you like a last minute fill in?
JS: Yeah we had a day off and they hit us and up and we said yeah lets make it happen.
BZ: I was talking with Candlelight Red about the fans of rock music are so passionate about the bands that they like that they sometimes turn on other bands. Within the band world is there more of camaraderie amongst the bands or do you guys all shit on each other (laughs)?
JS: I think we’ve bee lucky enough, and I’ve heard horror stories, but we’ve been lucky enough to go on tours with bands that we enjoy being around. We haven’t had that situation yet. We’ve had the opposite, if a head goes down one of the bands usually helps us out with that.
BZ: Can you tell us a little bit about the album out right now?
JS: We have an album out called “Black Tie Love Affair” that came out a year ago this summer. We’ve got a single out there now called “I Want That for You” and so far so good. The album has been doing well and the live shows have been great so we’re excited about everything that’s happening.
BZ: Is that you’re debut album?
JS: We released some independent albums before that but I guess as far as a nationwide release this is our debut album.
BZ: Did you have a lot of older songs make the album or did you write fresh?
JS: A lot of it was stuff that we wrote with in that last year. When we got our deal we had five songs that they pulled off of the previous independent album we did and then we wrote six or seven new ones and five of those made the new album. Some of our close friends and fans in the Midwest have heard some of them before, but to most people it’s pretty brand new.
BZ: What is your bands writing process?
JS: Every song is different. Sometimes we’ll come in with a guitar riff and build it on the spot, sometimes we jam it out. Other times I’ll have a melody or a lyric that I really want to get worked out. The cool part about this writing process is that we’d jam them out as a full band and then strip it back and play it acoustically just Ryan (Walch) and myself just trying to see how it would come across acoustically and just build it back up from there. There are a few different angles in every song and we just wanted to make sure we were all really happy with how they felt and how they flowed. It was cool, tedious but cool.
BZ: You said you got signed about year or so ago. When you got to that point, first of all you probably had to work your ass off to get to that point, but when you finally got there did you find that you had to work ten times harder just to maintain that success?
JS: We’re a band that...you think the big thing is getting a deal or whatever, but that’s just the start of it. We want way more than that. We want opportunities like we’re getting we want to be on the big tours and to do that you really have to kill yourselves to make it happen. Do the hard work, put in the time now even more people are looking at you and hopefully the music you’re writing is better than anything you’ve done before. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to continue to progress as a band. If we’re not doing that then we’re not doing the right things. This last year has been a world wind of opportunity and good stuff happening to us and we have a good feeling we’re going to be able to maintain that.
BZ: When you get to the point where you’re ready to go on tour how hard is that decision, because you have to quit your jobs, leave your family behind, really start life over how hard is that decision to make?
JS: Once you have the guys in the band that are ready to do it, I think that there are a lot of bands that want to do it, but there is usually a couple of people that it doesn’t fit for their life and that’s fine. You need guys that are focused and being on the road is a weird place, you’re stuck with guys…like today we’re stuck in this mini bus, six people and its four feet by four feet and we’re living in that for the next two and a half months straight basically. You need to be a little weird to even be able to handle it in the first place, but then you need to have people that are passionate and everybody back home supporting what you’re doing, parents, girlfriends, wives you need to know that they’ve got your back too. Once you finally make that decision then you have to go for it, it’s hard to do half way. You’re either all in or not at all.
BZ: We all have our different influences, when you get in a band everybody has a different influence or motivation. Is it difficult to satisfy those motivations?
JS: I think all of us collectively listen to such a wide range of music, but we all know that a good song is a good song and we’re all very comfortable with what we do. We’re a hard rock band. We’re going to sing a lot, we’re going to do some screaming and we’re going to rock out as hard as we can. As long as we’re writing music where each one of us feels the energy we need to feel then we’re all happy. We’ll still listen to our Lamb of God and Jay Z and all that kind of stuff but we all get what we’re trying to do in 3 Pill Morning as long as that energy and that excitement in what we’re writing is there it doesn’t really seem to get in the way. The nice thing too is that you can have these influences of other genres of music in music today, you always could.
Bob Zerull is the Managing Editor of Zoiks! Online. He writes pop culture commentary, does interviews with bands, and reviews music and stand-up concerts. He also administers Zoiks! Online's Facebook page. Follow Bob on twitter at bzerull. Email Bob at email@example.com.