Coming from Laramie, Wyoming, Kody Templeman (vocalist/guitarist) formed Teenage Bottlerocket, joined by Joel Pattinson (guitarist), as well as Ray (vocals/bass) and Brandon Carlisle (drums), recording their first album “Total” in 2005. Fast forward and now they’re jamming out on Vans Warped Tour in 2016. Here’s a peak at our sit down backstage.
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Chris Remmers: How you doing man? Now tell us and the fans at home a little bit about you. Where are you from?
TB: We have. We played Warped Tour in 2014 so this is our first time back, second time around. It’s been cool man, good vibes. All the vibes, love it. Our friends “Less Than Jake” are out here and it’s cool to hang out with those dudes.
TB: Love them. Yeah, we’re making some new friends and just going out there trying to crush it every day you know.
CR: Of course. What’s different being here at Warped Tour versus maybe a couple other venues you played at or shows similar to this?
TB: Well the audience is the biggest difference you know. Just a lot of young people and a lot less alcohol.
CR: So tell me, when you guys are out here is there any kind of before performance ritual you guys go through?
TB: Well with Warped Tour, particularly with this one, we are learning a new song that we haven’t played in quite some time with every show. So, that’s different for every day. We group together before every set and listen to the song we are going to do that day. We have the acoustic guitar and go through it. So, it’s become sort of a ritual. We already played 45 songs this summer, and our goal is 80.
CR: Dude, you got to crush it man. What’s it like traveling here? Do you get inspiration traveling on the road and doing shows like this to write music?
TB: Yeah, got to! Hell yeah, I do. We’ve never really been the band that writes on the road though. But, it has happened occasionally. It’s usually just lyrically. You know, not grabbing a guitar and hacking out a whole song or anything like that.
CR: Of course, can understand that. What would you then say you’re inspiration comes from when you are creating full tracks?
TB: Oh man, all different types of places. Maybe just having a melody in your head and putting some lyrics to it, or just picking up the guitar and hashing out a song. I don’t know how these songs come about. It’s natural.
CR: Absolutely! Sometimes people get stuck going into the future and it screws up there brain. You’ve got to worry about the here and the now. Do you guys have any other shows or big tours coming up when you are finished with Warped Tour?
TB: We’re going to go to Europe in December with this band called “Bones”. We are also going up to Edmonton and Calgary in September. Our new drummer is from Edmonton, Alberta, so we’re going to go up there and prove to all his friends that he is actually in our band.
CR: That’s amazing, I’ve heard good things about Alberta.
TB: Yeah, I love it. Great punk scene man. Edmonton especially has a shredding punk scene.