Interview with Brett Detar of The Juliana Theory at Purple Door 1999.
Interview and Photo by: Tom Bastian - Decapolis Music.
Brett is his name.
Tom: So what is new with The Juliana Theory?
Brett: Well, as far as the news is concerned, we have had a line-up change.
Basically, Jeremiah is not in the band anymore. We have a good friend of
ours - Josh Kosker - he is playing guitar with us now. He is not
necessarily in the band at this point, but he is pretty much auditioning. So
that's pretty much the biggest piece of news we have. As far as tours are
concerned, in September we will be going out with Sensefield on, like, ten
dates, and then we are going to go down into October on the East Coast by
ourselves, I think. That's pretty much the tour.
Tom: Do you have any future plans for recording again?
Brett: We have a new split CD that will be coming out hopefully pretty soon.
We recorded it a while ago. It's supposed to be with a band called the Grey
AM as well as with a guy named Jonah (check out the Decapolis reviews
section for a review of Jonah's latest EP) who used to sing for, or well he
sings for Far. I think it's a three way split. We are doing that with him
and the Grey AM. Again, that should be out soon, and then we hope to start
recording our new record in January.
Tom: Who will be putting out the split CD?
Brett: It's a label called One Day Savior; they are out of Long Island, New
York. It's this guy named Chris. He is really cool. I think the vinyl of
our latest full-length is going to be out also. We are talking about that
Tom: Would Tooth and Nail release that?
Brett: It would have their logo on it, but they would not release it. It
would be with all new artwork. We are not sure of the label yet. I think it
may be on Doghouse, and Good Life. It's actually going to be, like, a split,
split, split release. We may do it with, like, four labels. But nothing is
Tom: What are your feelings on Christians and the Arts?
Brett: I think Christians should represent the arts just as much as anybody
else should. That's pretty much about it. That's my statement.
Tom: What is the thing you're most proud about with your band?
Brett: I think we could improve on just about every area of everything we
do. But I think that our live shows are a lot of fun for people. I think we
have a good time when we play, and I think kids have a good time, so if
there is anything I would say I was pleased with, it would be our shows. I
would say I'm pretty pleased with that. But I think that could get a lot
better, too, so...
Tom: Are there any bands that you are really into now? That you have really
been impressed with?
Brett: As far as bands within this scene of music, I'm really impressed with
Further Seems Forever (Decapolis will be reviewing their latest CD soon). I
don't know if you have heard them yet. It's all the guys from Strong Arm
except their singer; they have a new singer. It's pretty much like rock.
It's really good stuff. They are from Florida. Um, there is a lot of stuff I
really like. But it's basically just, like, old stuff. Like Fugazi and bands
Tom: Do you feel that your band has any sort of message you would like to
share with the youth? Or basically what are you guys all about?
Brett: We are just really about rock and roll, pretty much. We don't really
have a spiritual agenda, per se. We are just out to have a good time and
make music we like, and hopefully other people will enjoy it. That is pretty
much our stance.
Tom: I know its pretty early in the day here at Purple Door. You guys
haven't even played yet. But what do you guys think of Purple Door so far?
Brett: I'm really surprised. We showed up and were like, "Who's gonna be
there at ten in the morning?" and were like, "Oh my goodness, there are so
many people." It looks like it's gonna be really cool. We are excited to play.
Everybody has been super nice so far.