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Shockwave sat down with the members of Another Lost Year for an interview on their first Shiprocked. What ensued was a back and forth involving matching socks, festivals, touring, Clinton’s wallet and ended with an impromptu visit of a Knight’s Templar.
Clinton: [Singing] I’m all out of love. I’m so lost without you…
Shockwave: Everybody introduce yourselves and let us know what instruments you play.
Clinton Cunanan:I am Clinton and I play guitar and I sing. I am also the skin flute engineer master.
Jorge Sotomarino: My name is J-Orge and I play the guitar and I hold onto a pick.
Adam Hall: That’s g-u-i-t-a-r. Guitar.
Clinton: Guitar. Not sitar.
Angel: My name is Angel and I play the drums.
Adam Hall: My name is Adam and I play bass and I sing and I’m the mom of the group.
You’re the mom.
Adam: I’m the mom.
You’re not doing a really good job here.
Angel: He had a sex change, so…
Adam: So, now I’m the dad. The thing is I just keep Neosporin on me at all times. Whenever they hurt themselves, I just pull out the Needlesporin.
Adam: He’s got a shin titty. Look at this- that’s from your band.
Adam: He’s a shin buster.
So many things aren’t going to go right with this.
Clinton: We rocked this motherfucker.
Yes, you did. I was there. It was awesome.
Clinton: We wrecked it. Good thing we weren’t driving because we would have crashed it.
I don’t know if you can crash a boat. Can you crash a boat?
Adam: You never heard of the Titanic?
Angel: I’ll scratch my leg.
Clinton: You got a buster?
Adam: You got a shin buster, too?
Adam: Why are your socks purple?
Clinton: It’s my favorite color.
Adam: Is the other sock purple?
Clinton: I’m actually wearing matching socks, today.
You’re not one of those that wear two different socks are you?
Clinton: Why is everyone looking at my socks? Until you take pictures at people’s houses with your shoes off and then you have– That’s always the worst. People are like, “Oh you can take your shoes off?” I’m like, “Fuck man, I got…”
Adam: I got orange and chartreuse.
Angel: The Japanese restaurant. Take off your shoes.
How is Shiprocked treating you so far? You guys happy?
Clinton: It’s been the most amazing experience of my life.
How did you make the decision, “Yeah, we want to get on a boat. We want to be held captive.”
Adam: There was no thinking twice about this.
Clinton: We’ve been yelling at them for years, “Just let us play. Just let us play,” and they fell for it and they let us play. Day three and they still haven’t caught on yet.
Adam: It’s day three and they haven’t caught on that we’re here.
Jorge and Angel: It’s day two.
Day three is tomorrow.
Adam: We’re gonna be in Grand Turk.
Adam: Good point. I’ve never heard that sound come out of your mouth.
That came from deep down. That one was rough.
Adam: You’ve been drinking lots of Coca-Cola and you flexed.
Adam: How is your Shiprocked?
It’s been awesome. This is our second one. We were excited. We saw the lineup and you guys were on it. I was like, “Oh yeah, NC in the house. And then, I find out y’all are NC implants.
Clinton: I’ve been in NC for like 20-some years.
Adam: I’ve been in NC for nine years, so it’s home now. You’re an organ donor.
You guys made me loose my train of thought.
Adam: It’s alright. We do that.
Clinton: Sometimes people bring questions pre-written and we take their questions from them. We don’t allow that.
Adam: We don’t allow that. They might ask about that one thing.
What are you doing after this?
Adam: Um, I’m going to get some food at the buffet.
No, no, no. Not right after this; getting off the boat.
Clinton:We’re playing. After this, we start a 70 or 80 day trip from North Carolina all the way to California up to Washington, back down to California and back. We start January 27th, in Charlotte and we end April 8th, in Charlotte and then we go right back to Vegas after that. We’re home for a week after the 8th and we start back out to Vegas where we’re doing Rock in the Spring. It’s us, Trapt, Gemini Syndrome, Sick Puppies. It’s like 11 rooms from being sold out.
Who have you not played with that you would love to musically play with?
Clinton: You know, to be on the boat with Breaking Benjamin is kind of a dream come true. We met Ben Burnley last night and he said we should do some touring together, so I’m hoping that can come to fruition. I feel like that would be the right step for us. Alien Architect debuted at number eight on the Billboards. We’re at the point we need to take the product that we’ve created and crafted the last six years and get in front of people and put it in people’s hands. We’re excited to do some touring like this. We haven’t done a tour like this in well over a year and a half. The thing is when you go out west, you know your gone for 90 days. There’s no like “OH! We’re seven hours away from home we can bust it out and get home. Or even 14 hours from home. You’re talking 40 hours.
Clinton: To get home straight through.
Do you guys have any festivals lined up?
Clinton: We’re doing Rocklahoma. The Rock in the Spring show I was telling you about.
Clinton. Rock in the Spring Show I was just telling you about [laughter].
Adam: The one in Las Vegas.
Clinton. Rock in the Spring Show I was just telling you about [laughter].
Adam: It’s in Nevada, isn’t it?
You know, Las Vegas is in Nevada?
Adam: Now, I know.
Wait a minute, I am so confused right now.
Clinton: So is Adam.
Adam: It’s in Arizona.
Adam: Ah, no. I’m just joking.
Clinton: [singing] Arizona.
Adam: I was joking.
Clinton: Wish I was your lover [incoherent singing].
Clinton: We can do this game all day long.
Adam: She hates this interview so much.
No, really, no! No. It’s awesome just to be able to shoot shit. It’s awesome.
Clinton: That’s how you get pink eye.
I knew you had been in North Carolina for awhile because you know what you said? J-Vegas.
You have got to be there a while to call it that.
Clinton: You know how North Carolina I am? Petey Pablo calls me up to come fucking be on his tracks.
Clinton: Oh, you gonna sit here and talk to me about North Carolina and you don’t even know about no Petey Pablo. I think this interview is over [laughing].
Adam: He sings “Raise Up.” He’s a rapper from North Carolina.
Oh, there’s the problem. I don’t do rap.
Adam: He’s gonna raise up.
Clinton: I don’t either.
Adam: But he represents the 704. He’s like a pop figure. 828…901.
Clinton: Watch you wanna do?
Adam: Maybe, fine.
Clinton: What is going on with my leg?
Adam: Did you get bit by a marsupial?
Adam: I don’t even know what a marsupial is.
Clinton: It’s a…
Angel: It’s a whale. Nah, dude it’s a type of mammal.
Aren’t they the ones with pouches?
Adam: Apossible. Inconceivable.
Or as some people in NC like to call them – dinner.
Adam: Look, people trying to tell me that they eat that, but I ain’t never met somebody who ever ate that.
Angel: I ain’t touching that.
I ain’t either.
Adam: You ain’t ever heard of no possum jerky?
Clinton: You ain’t ever had no possum jerky either.
Angel: Nah, bro.
Tech guy: Think. Think.
I can’t think.
Adam: We broke her.
You’re in the van. Everything is loaded, ready to go…
Clinton: Just to clarify this is a hypothetical situation.
Angel: She’s predicting your future.
You’re ready to go. You’re going down the road. You’re about 50 miles from Charlotte. All of a sudden someone says “Fuck, I left my-” What is it?
Entire room: Clinton’s wallet!
Clinton: Let me tell you a quick story about why I was I late-
Adam: She joined in too [talking about Leandra, Clinton’s girlfriend].
Clinton: Let me tell you why I was a little late getting to stage check in today. So, we go to dinner and I see what I think is Fred Durst and I get a little starstruck. Not a big deal. Shoot out of the room. See you guys. Start grabbing gear. I’m like “Oh hey, I’m gonna go smoke real quick with this guy that I met.” We’ll call him Mr. Rob. I smoked, and I come back and Leandra is like, “Where’s your sunglasses? I’m like, “Fuck I don’t know.” I’m like, “You know what…”
Leandra: They were right where you left them. Put it that way. Where I remember seeing them last.
Clinton: I was like, “I left them at dinner. I’m gonna go to the table.” For dinner we eat in the Atlantic dining room on a different level. It’s not the general public dining room. So, I walk back up there and my dude’s like, “No man. Nobody’s sat here. I haven’t seen them, my friend.” I’m like, “Oh shit. Let me go back to the room and see if I can find them there.” I go back to the room and I’m like, “Fuck they’re not here.” I go to walk out, shut the door, and Leandra’s like, “We’re fucking stupid.” Look over. Joco, our fucking room guy, has made a towel into an elephant and put my sunglasses on it.
Clinton: I swear to God.
Adam: I love Joco.
Clinton: That’s a true fucking story. That happened right before we fucking played.
What have you got to have, besides your wallet, what have you got to have on the road?
Clinton: Next question
Jorge: Man, I need a bottle opener.
Clinton: Hey when the world gives you a Jeffrey smoke it.
How do you get into these bottles?
Adam: Hey! Are there any Jeffries over there? ‘Cause we’re gonna smoke ’em.
I thought you opened one. I don’t even want to know why he’s taking his pants off.
Adam: No, I’m curious to see this. Man, what shirt is that? That’s a cool shirt
Adam: Oh, Crobot.
Fat City. Wait, we’re watching him open the bottle.
Clinton: Right now, he’s got the bottle stuck through the belt loop.
Clinton: That’s why we keep him around.
That’s why you have to have him on the road.
Adam: Wait, they’re not twist off?
Not those, no.
Adam: What the f-
Miller Lites are twist offs. I’m impressed, neat trick.
Clinton: He’s full of neat tricks. He spends a lot of time in the van with his pants off.
Adam: Do you know what’s happening right now?
I have no idea what’s happening, but that’s okay, I’ll figure it out. I’m kind of letting them do their thing.
Clinton: Oh shit, the Knights Templar are in the motherfucking house. Hell, yes. Come over here and let’s take a picture right fucking now. Leandra, do you have your phone? the Right now, the Knights Templar and his lady have just walked up and we are gonna get a picture with the holy grail keeper. Come here holy grail keeper.
Adam: You gotta be in the picture too.
What? Why do I have to be in it?
Adam: I don’t make the rules.