I used to listen to Proudentall. Now I listen to Müscle Wörship. Okay, I listen to both because they both kick ass.
Who are you? What position do you fill in your band?
Sean Ward Bergman. Guitarist, singer, van owner.
Tell me a story from your childhood, please.
I was born in Wichita, Kansas. When I was still an infant my parents were driving through some bad weather. They heard tornado sirens sounding and then saw a tornado headed their way. There was no place to take shelter, so my father pulled over to the side of the road and told my mother to take me and lay down in the ditch. When she opened the car door to step out, the car wasn’t touching the ground. Needless to say, she did not exit the vehicle. The storm passed quickly. The car returned to the earth. We drove away unscathed.
When an older family member asks what kind of music you play, what do you tell her/him?
Our first recording came out while my grandmother was still alive. She looked at the names of the songs on the back and asked me what “Jesus Vs The Lord” was. I replied, “It’s a rock song, Granny.” She left it at that. If only she knew the power of the Google search. A search of the band name would have flipped her lid.
I’m sure you have been asked a number of times about how the band got together. So, could you please make up a story about how you all got together? No, really. Just make something up. Knock yourself out.
We all met at karate lessons. After we had discovered the limits of each other’s strength, we climbed on top of a Quicktrip (convenience store) to huff some Freon, which is always tastiest after a workout. Suddenly, the Mesoamerican deity Quetzalcoatl appeared before us. He was as beautiful as any winged serpent we’d seen, except he was horribly overweight from appearing at nothing but gas stations and on the roofs of McDonalds and the like. Basically, anywhere where cholesterol and Freon flow freely down the gullets of cell phone implanted, freeway gawkers.
He was a terrible sight. His scales were falling off and his wings could barely hold him aloft. He didn’t have to say a word. We were immediately struck by the error of our ways. The best food isn’t fast, and the best drugs aren’t made by man. Upon this realization, he broke into a song both beautiful and terrifying. It swept us up into his wings, where the song resonated through our every molecule. We each knew we had to share this song, so we decided to form a band. We would brave the endless void of gas stations, fast food, and suicidal drivers to bring this song to all that would listen! LalalalalahhHHHHHH!!!!
Wait, I was supposed to make this answer up wasn’t I? Sorry about that.
What was the first album you bought that ignited your love for music?
Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast
It seems we all have that person who got us into non-mainstream music (punk/hardcore/indie/metal/emo)? Who was that person for you?
When I was in high school, I came to Lawrence, Kansas, to play a show. That night I got to see the Kansas City band Shiner before their first record came out. I was really blown away that music like that existed and I wanted to discover more. My next trip up, I visited Love Garden. It’s a fantastic local record store that is still going strong. I found their record there and was overwhelmed by the rest of what I saw. I wanted to listen to every record in that store. My girlfriend at the time wanted to move to Lawrence and I was obviously smitten. So, upon graduating, we moved there. Early on I met a guy named Brandon Freeman. He was from around there and had keen knowledge of most of the underground music happening in the area at the time. He loved to share new music he was discovering and I was eager to hear it. The Love Garden did the rest.
There is nothing new under the sun, so, let’s be honest: musically you’re ripping somebody off. Who is it?
Polvo, Bastro, Panel Donor, Archers of Loaf.
Why should I listen to your music?
You’re dying to discover the song of Quetzalcoatl and his amazing secret to burn fat and add lean muscle.
Where can someone go on the internet to listen to your songs?