At a recent show in Anaheim, California I managed to drag three of the Dingees outside onto the grass, away from all the sweat and noise, and pick their brains about a few things. After settling down with Scott Rodgers (drums), Matt "Pegleg" Roberts (vocals and sax) and Aaron Landers (guitar), I realized something was amiss...
Melissa: Hey guys, what's up. Oh! The grass is wet! My butt's getting all muddy. Oh no! Okay. Um, when are you guys back in the studio?
Pegleg: Next week. May 21.
Aaron: If all goes well. We'll be in there 3 weeks.
Melissa: Do I have mud on my butt? Aaron, come on, look.
Aaron: Yes, you do.
Pegleg: My name is mud.
Aaron: No, you do not have mud on your butt. At least not that I'm aware of.
Melissa: Okay. Thanks. How many records do you have until you're done with the BEC
Melissa: How did the writing process on the upcoming record differ from the last two that you've done? Is it a more collaborative effort now?
Pegleg: Huh. We didn't write it all in the studio! And the fact that we have Scrodgers (their new drummer).
Melissa: Has Scrodgers done any of the writing?
Scott: I wrote the drum parts. Peg does most of the writing and comes up with most of the ideas.
Aaron: Yeah. For this record, Peg just recorded on a little 4-track about 30 songs...just him and acoustic guitar and we would just all pick ones like, "Hey, let's take this one and make it a Dingees song". And as of now we've done like 13 so...yeah. That's what's happened so far.
Scott: We want to go in with 20 done though...so we can pick the best ones.
Pegleg: The mastering date is the 19th of June. So it could be out the next week after that...I'm gonna have everything done so if it takes longer than that it's not my fault, it's THEIR fault.
Melissa: What's in your record players right now?
Pegleg: Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. Fishbone.
Aaron: Roots, by Curtis Mayfield, and...well I have a 10-disc changer, so...no, I won't do ten. Actually the other one I've been listening to the most is Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti.
Pegleg: Oh yeah, oh yeah! And then we went to the record store and we got, for 99 cents, we got "Parallel Lines" by Blondie, for 99 cents we got Van Morrison's "Saint Dominique's Review", for 99 cents we got "Armed Forces" by Elvis Costello and for 39 cents we got Sly and the Family Stone's "There's a Riot Goin' On".
Scott: I've been listening to lots of, uh, James Brown. That's about it. And Jeff Buckley. And of course, Stevie Wonder. I've been listening to "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye a lot. And Chris Isaak a little bit.
Melissa: What do you think of Jack Black's version of "Let's Get It On"?
Scott: Uh, I think it's a good movie (High Fidelity)! But I don't listen to his version of the song.
Melissa: So what do you guys do for money?
Aaron: I just quit my job because I just kept getting slapped in the face by them so I just told them to screw off… I guess.
Pegleg: I haven't had a real job since...two and a half years ago.
Scott: Dave (Chevalier, sax and vocals) works 6 days a week at a dead end job...and he' s pissed. Bean (Matt Hernandez, bass) has a night job at Sloppy Joe's and I work at the Macaroni Grill.
Pegleg: I have an interesting sort of job. I'm an extra for television and film and I was on "Time Of Your Life" starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. I don't know what episode but I was in a scene with her, and she handed me a beer. And I got paid 50 bucks. You know, I was attending the bar, talking to chicks, ha ha, and she handed me a beer. Well it wasn't a real beer. I don't know what it was because I didn't drink it. But instead of saying Foster's beer, it said Father's or something fake. It was great. That's my day job. 'Cept I gotta call them and get another...job...'cause I'm running outta money.
Melissa: I want to know what you guys think about Christians having tattoos?
Pegleg: Well, I don't think it's unbiblical...the reason in Leviticus, I don't think that's the reason why it would be unbiblical. I think if you get one 'cause you're rebelling, I don't think as a Christian you should do that, or get something that you'll regret later on but...I love my tattoos. I love the artwork, and I love my brothers who do tattoos. It's just a cultural thing, you know? I mean like when we go on tour and we go into someplace in like the South or something they don't understand but you know, that doesn't matter. It all comes down to getting to know the person on the inside. I don't think it's unbiblical. I don't think there's support for that.
Aaron: From my experience, it's more about people's personal tastes. And they feel so strongly about it, like my grandfather. They just choose to make it biblical because they just can't accept the fact that it's just their opinion. They feel so strongly about it that they choose to make it a biblical thing when it's not.
Melissa: Yeah, my mom does that.
Pegleg: I think your mom should get a "Ride to Live" tattoo. Ha, ha. Maybe then she'll change her mind.
Melissa: So, we can expect the Dingees at Cornerstone?
Pegleg: If they fly us out. I gotta talk to Chad (Militia) tonight about getting us out there. Maybe.
Scott: Yeah, We'll be at Cornerstone. Guaranteed.
Pegleg: Well we're supposed to play two days later in Bakersfield (California) so I don't know how that's going to work. We're going to try real hard.
Aaron: Yeah, we'll be there. We'll see you there.
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