Velvet: First record you bought
Matt Watts: The first record I ever bought was Skid Row's self titled.
I think I was in 5th grade at the time and CD players had just become
the new big thing. I should be embarrassed owning that record, but it
First concert you went to
MW: The first concert I attended was to see Beck at the Trocadero in
Philadelphia. I was 16 at the time and remember being blown away by
his show. Beck has some killer moves.
First band you followed as a fan
MW: It would definitely have to be Jimmy Eat World. After 'Clarity'
came out I had the chance to see them live, and ever since then I was
hooked. They've been my all time favourite band ever since.
First song you wrote
MW: The first song we wrote as a band was entitled 'Nothing Short Of
A Miracle'. We wrote three songs at our first practice and thought they
were amazing. We later learned that they weren't so amazing. You can
actually find those original demos all over the internet. It's pretty
funny hearing what we used to sound like before we knew how to play
First CD you released
MW: We released an EP called 'With Hopes Of Starting Over' about 3 years
ago. We recorded it in 5 days, and were thrilled that we had more than
a day to record.
First time you heard yourself on the radio/saw yourself on TV or in
MW: The first time I heard us on the radio was the coolest thing ever!
This station called Y100 (which is our hometown station) started playing
us, so that was a huge thing for us. As far as TV goes, the first time
I saw us was about a month ago... I was freaking out. So excited!
First time you went into a recording studio
MW: We recorded some demos in New Jersey after we first started. We
did 3 or 4 songs in a day, it was awful. The songs came out good though,
and we had fun.
First show you ever did
MW: Hatboro, PA Youth Center. 15 people were there. We knew 12 of them.
We were horrible! But we had a great time, and got to play with Saves
The Day the very next day, which turned out a little better.
First show you sold out
MW: It was our first headlining show in New Jersey at a place called
Birch Hill. We always considered New Jersey our home because we played
there so much starting out, and it was one of the best feelings in the
world to have that many people singing along and coming out to watch
us. New Jersey rules.
First festival you appeared at
MW: Skate Fest in Worcester, Ma. Every band in the world played, and
First thing you did after signing your record deal
MW: Jumped up and down on my bed, then I told my mom we signed to Drive
Thru. She later killed the moment by saying "who's Drive Thru?"
First time you went on a tour outside of the US
MW: New Found Glory took us and Finch over to the UK. It was unreal.
Kids are so rocking at the shows! Plus they were the biggest shows we
had ever played at that point. Thanks New Found Glory.
First time you had an argument about the band with a fellow bandmember
or anyone else
MW: I used to get defensive when kids on message boards would say bad
things about us and say things back, and start trouble. I realised that
on the internet kids have this imaginary buffer where it lets them say
whatever they want. Now it really doesn't bother me. I try not to pay
attention. I'd rather look at internet porn.
First time you embarrassed yourself on stage
MW: I fall down all the time! And it's just as embarrassing as the time
before... so I don't recall when the first time was. Also, I attempted
to speak into the mic once, and made a complete idiot of myself, so
much that the band wouldn't let me speak into the mic again.
First thing you'll do after this interview
MW: I'm going to go to Taco Bell... get a chicken caesar burrito with
nachos. Then I'm going to eat it and pack for tour.
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