SCS: Jon, you mentioned in previous conversation that the that the band just kind of started out as a few friends jamming in Beatrice cause there wasn’t much to do, and there were a few members you used to play with who are no longer with the band. Why don’t you give our readers the dirt on how and when Box Spring Symphony formed as a band, who the current members are, what instruments they play, their current vices, and who has what sexually transmitted disease.
Jon: That’s not quite right. Actually, we started because our friends Moon Wagon needed an opening band for a show they were throwing in Beatrice. Our current line-up is me on
rhythm guitar and vocals, Alex Tomes on lead guitar, Justin (Jimig) Imig on bass, Brandon Akert on drums and Matt Marvin on keyboards.
Alex: What STD’s DON’T we have?
SCS: How would you describe your band or your sound to someone who’s never heard or seen you?
Jon: Instrumental Blues/Funk-Rock, I guess.
Brandon: Fuckin’ rock, dude.
SCS: How would you describe a Box Spring show? -- If people come to see you live, what can they expect?
Matt: I’d expect the worst.
Jon: Really cheesy song titles that have nothing to do with the songs themselves.
Matt: And ungodly stage presence.
SCS: What types of music and which musicians/groups influenced the band members?
Jon: B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Sly and the Family Stone
Alex: Buckethead, Jimmy Page, Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan
Matt: Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, The Wiggles
Brandon: Peter Erskine, Chad Sexton, Chad Smith.
SCS: What are your goals for this band, touring, just playing around town?
Jon: Touring would be awesome, but it’s kind of impractical right now because we don’t
have any merch for sale. Maybe this summer.
SCS: How has the band grown, musically and creatively, since you first started?
Jon: We’ve changed members and instrumentation a couple times. We’ve got a keyboard
player now instead of a saxophone. We’ve got more of a rock sound now, I think.
SCS: Who writes the songs and how do you work them from the idea stage to the finished product?
Brandon:It usually goes like this:
“Hey dude, check out this riff I’ve been working on.”
“Cool, let’s build off of that.”
After about half an hour:
“You’re still not playing that right.”
“Do you want to go smoke a cig?”
That’s why half our songs are either unfinished, really short, or way too repetitive.
SCS: When and where was your first local show, and how did it go?
Alex: New Year’s Eve at the Eagle’s Club in Beatrice. We didn’t have a bass player at the time, but it was a lot of fun, except all these old guys running the Eagle’s Club
accused us of stealing alcohol from the bar. It was a really rough set, but we got it
together in less than a month.
SCS: AWhat was your most memorable live performance and what made it that?
Alex: The first time we played at the Zoo Bar.
Jon: When we played in Omaha with Jackboot Suicide and got Troy drunk for his first time ever.
Jimig: This quadruple kegger we played this summer where a huge fight broke out and
someone smashed a bottle on Jake’s (our drummer at the time) car, and someone else got a
tequila bottle smashed over their head. Jake’s car looked like he hit a deer
SCS: What do you like and dislike about the music scene in Lincoln?
Matt: It’s not very unified, it’s kind of cliquey.
Jon: I like how everyone kind of knows each other. It’s a little cliquey everywhere.
Have you learned anything in your experiences in a band that you feel newer local bands could learn from, or made any mistakes they should avoid?
Jimig: Get really drunk before EVERY show.
Jon: Try to avoid being arrogant.
Brandon: Appreciate the 5 fans you’ve got.
Who are some local bands or musicians that you admire or feel should be recognized?
Jon: Anyone who was involved in ESM, The Gov’t, JVA because they were the first band that got me into local music, Mr. 1986, Reverso Benigni
Matt: Tie These Hands
Alex: Gooding, even though he’s from Kansas.
Who’s your favorite local band to play with?
Jon: The Gov’t. I also really liked playing with The Puppetheads when they were together.
Jimig: Moon Wagon.
Alex: Jackboot Suicide.
Was there one defining moment which led you to a life of rock and roll?
If you could tour with any band in history, who would be your dream band to tour with?
Jimig: Yonder Mountain String Band
Jon: Black Sabbath for the debauchery.
Matt: Fall of Troy
Brandon: Mars Volta
What was the first album/CD you bought?
Brandon: Barenaked Ladies
Jimig: Master P - Da Last Don
Jon: DCTalk- Free At Last
Matt: I can’t remember.
SCS: The most recent?
Jon: Frank Zappa- Cheap Thrills
Matt: Russian Circles
Alex: White Stripes- White Blood Cells
Brandon: Mars Volta- Amputecture
SCS: What single song, in the entire history of music, do you most wish you'd written?
Matt: Baba O’Reilly by the Who
Jimig: Southbound Pachyderm
Alex: Fuck Tha Police
Brandon: The National Anthem
SCS: What can we look forward to in the next year from the band?
Jimig: New songs, choreographed pop/punk jumps, and maybe a CD if we ever stop being buttcodes.
SCS: Anything else you want to share with our readers?
All: Merry Christmas.
- Tery Daly