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ROCKZONE.COM: Interviews: Avail

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ROCKZONE.COM: Interviews: Avail Thank you for visiting ROCKZONE.COM A Conversation With Beau Beau After being stood up by Snapcase at the Vans Warped Tour, my wife and I finally got to interview Beau Beau from Avail. However, this was one of the best interviews we've ever done. He was talkative, and fun to talk to. The unfortunate thing was that my tape recorder died at the show, so we were left with only pen and ink. This didn't work too well, so we did our best to remember everything we talked about. This interview will not be verbatim, but it stays true to what was said. Thanks out to Beau Beau for a rocking set earlier in the day, and a great interview to follow. Also, my wife is now an Avail fan and thinks Beau Beau is one of the nicest people she's ever met. She even got here picture with him. Beau Beau Beau Beau of Avail Samuel Barker: Alright, start with the basic. Beau Beau: My name is Beau Beau, I'm cheerleader, go-go dancer, and tour manager for Avail. Beau Beau: Yeah, backup vocals. Beau Beau: I'm sorry, when we play I usually apologize before the set and tell everyone "I spit a lot." Samuel: So how long as Avail been together? Beau Beau: We've been together for 12 years. Beau Beau: Yeah, there's Ann Beretta, Strike Anywhere, a lot of good bands. Samuel: Strike Anywhere has the lead singer from Inquisition in it right? Beau Beau: Yeah, Ann Beretta has one of the guys from Inquisition in it too. Beau Beau: Yeah, Ann Beretta has one of the guys from Inquisition in it too. Samuel: Yeah, Rob played bass for them, and the drummer was in Inquisition. It's like a four page interview and I didn't even ask 10 questions. Beau Beau: Yeah, us Richmond kids can talk. Samuel: Avail wasn't originally from Richmond right? Beau Beau: For a while we were up in Ruston, VA which was about an hour and a half from Richmond, VA. Beau Beau: Weston? Samuel: I saw them open for the Suicide Machines in '96 and I thought they sucked. Beau Beau: Well, we have the same management company and they called one of the women there a bitch, and we're like family with them, so I went after them. Here they were with this little tattooed punk kid in their face saying he'd kick their ass. They didn't know what to think. Once we meet someone and become friends with them they become family, and we'll stand up for them. Samuel: Awesome. Weren't you close to DC? Beau Beau: Yeah, we were about 15 minutes from DC. Beau Beau: Yeah, we were about 15 minutes from DC. Samuel: Why did you guys choose Richmond over DC? Beau Beau: At that time there were a bunch of Fugazi-like bands around there, and there was no real hardcore scene anymore. Samuel: I notice the band's lyrics deal with politics... Beau Beau: We're not a political band. It just doesn't work with us. We're too different. My outlook on gun control may be totally different from Tim's view. So we're not a political band. Samuel: Right, but you deal with political issues and a lot of personal politics, are those related to your environment in Richmond? Beau Beau: The closest we have come to poilitics in our area is we let Food Not Bombs cook at our house for about 6 months when they were there. Beau Beau: That's how Tim writes. Beau Beau: Richmond is nice because it's a small town with a lot going on. Beau Beau: Exactly. In the 12 years I've lived in Richmond I've had the same guy cut my hair, the same people work at the store I walk to. Everyone knows us there. Samuel: Yeah, I grew up in a small town, my graduating class has 20 people in it. Beau Beau: Awesome! Beau Beau: Awesome. That's how it is with us, everyone is in bands, and everyone supports each other. Rayanna: Do you every have people recognize you as being in Avail? Beau Beau: Yeah, but everyone knows who we are. I worked in a tattoo shop for a long time, so when people see us play they're like "That's the guy that gave me my tattoo" or "He's the one who put in my belly button ring". When I walk up to the store by the house I'm not "Beau Beau, Cheerleader for Avail", I'm just Beau. Beau Beau: Right, they'll ask us how the tour went and how everything is. Beau Beau: Not to knock it, it's just not us. We're more into crowd interaction, and getting into the crowd. Here it's too separated. If I want to get into the crowd, I want to be able to. I still do it here, but it's different. Samuel: Well, you don't have security trying to save cords and everything in a club. I can honestly say, I was sorta sad to see you guys playing your date here on the Warped Tour. Beau Beau: Yeah, Avail is a totally different band in a small club. Beau Beau: Yeah, Avail is a totally different band in a small club. Beau Beau: Snapcase, Suicide Machines, most of the bands on here, we're friends with. Beau Beau: Yes, Toledo Show. They're awesome. They're my favorite band to watch on this tour. We'll be hanging with friends and be I'll be like "I can't stay for your set, I gotta go see Toledo Show", and they'll be like "Whatever, you've seen us everyday." Beau Beau: Well, we're going to finish the US, go over seas for a bit, then make another trip around the US. Beau Beau: Not really, when we get home we kinda all go to our houses for some time alone, but after a few minutes of just sitting there, you start wondering "What are the other guys up to? Beau Beau: I'm a 29 year old kid. Put it this way, I got grounded and missed a Minor Threat show, that's how old I am. Beau Beau: Oh no! I can barely take care of my dog. Beau Beau: We work off the music and get into the crowd. We keep it high energy just because that's how we are, and that's how we have fun. We're selfish in a way, we do it to make up have fun. Beau Beau: Yeah, we work a lot to make everyone get into it, that's why I spit into the crowd, so they'll get riled up and get into the set. Samuel: I'm a huge Fugazi fan, and in the "Instrument" video, Ian is like "We play shows to get everyone involved and lead to change. It's no fun to be like 'the band is up there, I'm down here'. I'll pay my $5 say 'good show' and go home and nothing changes." Beau Beau: Exactly. That's how we are. I totally love Ian MacKaye and Fugazi. Beau Beau: Awesome...Look! (pulls up shorts leg to reveal a nice tattoo of Ian MacKaye on his leg.) Beau Beau: Do you want the real story, or the story we're telling everyone? Samuel: Well, I know the story you've been telling everyone is that he left on tour because you guys wouldn't say you were a metal band. Beau Beau: Alright, you keep up. After 11 years of playing with Avail, he was ready to move on. He said it was unfair for him to not be in it 100% when every one else was. We're all still friends. I was talking to him the other night and he was like 'I bet you're sitting on the bed, watching TV and going over the tour plans'. He knows everything well, he just needed to move on. Rayanna: What happened to your tooth? Beau Beau: When I was 14, I was at a show and some skinheads bumped into me and I threw my elbows back to clear some room. The next thing I knew, I had two fists in my mouth. It died, and then 15 years later it fell out. Samuel: That was a big problem when I was younger, skinheads bullied everyone around at shows. Beau Beau: Right, I'm sure it was the same with you, when you were young in the scene, you sat on your boots just like everyone else so you didn't lose them. The punk scene used to be much more violent than it is today.....I think NOFX is on.

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ROCKZONE.COM: Interviews: Avail

Interview with Beau BeauROCKZONE.COM: Interviews: AvailPlease note that ROCKZONE.com is no longer being updated, this is an archive.Thank you for visiting ROCKZONE.COM A Conversation With Beau BeauAfter being stood up by Snapcase at the Vans Warped Tour, my wife and I finally got to interview Beau Beau from Avail.However, this was one of the best interviews we've ever done.He was talkative, and fun to talk to.The unfortunate thing was that my tape recorder died at the show, so we were left with only pen and ink.This didn't work too well, so we did our best to remember everything we talked about.This interview will not be verbatim, but it stays true to what was said.Thanks out to Beau Beau for a rocking set earlier in the day, and a great interview to follow.Also, my wife is now an Avail fan and thinks Beau Beau is one of the nicest people she's ever met.She even got here picture with him.Beau BeauBeau Beau of AvailSamuel Barker: Alright, start with the basic.Beau Beau: My name is Beau Beau, I'm cheerleader, go-go dancer, and tour manager for Avail. Beau Beau: Yeah, backup vocals. Beau Beau: I'm sorry, when we play I usually apologize before the set and tell everyone "I spit a lot." Samuel: So how long as Avail been together? Beau Beau: We've been together for 12 years. Beau Beau: Yeah, there's Ann Beretta, Strike Anywhere, a lot of good bands. Samuel: Strike Anywhere has the lead singer from Inquisition in it right? Beau Beau: Yeah, Ann Beretta has one of the guys from Inquisition in it too. Beau Beau: Yeah, Ann Beretta has one of the guys from Inquisition in it too. Samuel: Yeah, Rob played bass for them, and the drummer was in Inquisition.It's like a four page interview and I didn't even ask 10 questions. Beau Beau: Yeah, us Richmond kids can talk. Samuel: Avail wasn't originally from Richmond right? Beau Beau: For a while we were up in Ruston, VA which was about an hour and a half from Richmond, VA. Beau Beau: Weston?Samuel: I saw them open for the Suicide Machines in '96 and I thought they sucked. Beau Beau: Well, we have the same management company and they called one of the women there a bitch, and we're like family with them, so I went after them.Here they were with this little tattooed punk kid in their face saying he'd kick their ass.They didn't know what to think.Once we meet someone and become friends with them they become family, and we'll stand up for them. Samuel: Awesome.Weren't you close to DC? Beau Beau: Yeah, we were about 15 minutes from DC. Beau Beau: Yeah, we were about 15 minutes from DC. Samuel: Why did you guys choose Richmond over DC? Beau Beau: At that time there were a bunch of Fugazi-like bands around there, and there was no real hardcore scene anymore.Samuel: I notice the band's lyrics deal with politics ... Beau Beau: We're not a political band.It just doesn't work with us.We're too different.My outlook on gun control may be totally different from Tim's view.So we're not a political band. Samuel: Right, but you deal with political issues and a lot of personal politics, are those related to your environment in Richmond? Beau Beau: The closest we have come to poilitics in our area is we let Food Not Bombs cook at our house for about 6 months when they were there.Beau Beau: That's how Tim writes.Beau Beau: Richmond is nice because it's a small town with a lot going on.Beau Beau: Exactly.In the 12 years I've lived in Richmond I've had the same guy cut my hair, the same people work at the store I walk to.Everyone knows us there. Samuel: Yeah, I grew up in a small town, my graduating class has 20 people in it. Beau Beau: Awesome! Beau Beau: Awesome.That's how it is with us, everyone is in bands, and everyone supports each other. Rayanna: Do you every have people recognize you as being in Avail? Beau Beau: Yeah, but everyone knows who we are.I worked in a tattoo shop for a long time, so when people see us play they're like "That's the guy that gave me my tattoo" or "He's the one who put in my belly button ring".When I walk up to the store by the house I'm not "Beau Beau, Cheerleader for Avail", I'm just Beau. Beau Beau: Right, they'll ask us how the tour went and how everything is. Beau Beau: Not to knock it, it's just not us.We're more into crowd interaction, and getting into the crowd.Here it's too separated.If I want to get into the crowd, I want to be able to.I still do it here, but it's different. Samuel: Well, you don't have security trying to save cords and everything in a club.I can honestly say, I was sorta sad to see you guys playing your date here on the Warped Tour. Beau Beau: Yeah, Avail is a totally different band in a small club. Beau Beau: Yeah, Avail is a totally different band in a small club. Beau Beau: Snapcase, Suicide Machines, most of the bands on here, we're friends with. Beau Beau: Yes, Toledo Show.They're awesome.They're my favorite band to watch on this tour.We'll be hanging with friends and be I'll be like "I can't stay for your set, I gotta go see Toledo Show", and they'll be like "Whatever, you've seen us everyday." Beau Beau: Well, we're going to finish the US, go over seas for a bit, then make another trip around the US. Beau Beau: Not really, when we get home we kinda all go to our houses for some time alone, but after a few minutes of just sitting there, you start wondering "What are the other guys up to?"Beau Beau: I'm a 29 year old kid.Put it this way, I got grounded and missed a Minor Threat show, that's how old I am. Beau Beau: Oh no!I can barely take care of my dog.Beau Beau: We work off the music and get into the crowd.Beau Beau: Yeah, we work a lot to make everyone get into it, that's why I spit into the crowd, so they'll get riled up and get into the set. Samuel: I'm a huge Fugazi fan, and in the "Instrument" video, Ian is like "We play shows to get everyone involved and lead to change.It's no fun to be like 'the band is up there, I'm down here'.I'll pay my $5 say 'good show' and go home and nothing changes." Beau Beau: Exactly.That's how we are.I totally love Ian MacKaye and Fugazi.Beau Beau: Awesome ... Look! (pulls up shorts leg to reveal a nice tattoo of Ian MacKaye on his leg.) Beau Beau: Do you want the real story, or the story we're telling everyone? Samuel: Well, I know the story you've been telling everyone is that he left on tour because you guys wouldn't say you were a metal band. Beau Beau: Alright, you keep up.After 11 years of playing with Avail, he was ready to move on.He said it was unfair for him to not be in it 100% when every one else was.We're all still friends.I was talking to him the other night and he was like 'I bet you're sitting on the bed, watching TV and going over the tour plans'.He knows everything well, he just needed to move on. Rayanna: What happened to your tooth? Beau Beau: When I was 14, I was at a show and some skinheads bumped into me and I threw my elbows back to clear some room.The next thing I knew, I had two fists in my mouth.It died, and then 15 years later it fell out. Samuel: That was a big problem when I was younger, skinheads bullied everyone around at shows. Beau Beau: Right, I'm sure it was the same with you, when you were young in the scene, you sat on your boots just like everyone else so you didn't lose them.The punk scene used to be much more violent than it is today.....I think NOFX is on.

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ROCKZONE.COM: Interviews: Avail

Interview with Beau BeauROCKZONE.COM: Interviews: AvailThank you for visiting ROCKZONE.COM A Conversation With Beau BeauAfter being stood up by Snapcase at the Vans Warped Tour, my wife and I finally got to interview Beau Beau from Avail.However, this was one of the best interviews we've ever done.He was talkative, and fun to talk to.The unfortunate thing was that my tape recorder died at the show, so we were left with only pen and ink.This didn't work too well, so we did our best to remember everything we talked about.This interview will not be verbatim, but it stays true to what was said.Thanks out to Beau Beau for a rocking set earlier in the day, and a great interview to follow.Also, my wife is now an Avail fan and thinks Beau Beau is one of the nicest people she's ever met.She even got here picture with him.Beau BeauBeau Beau of AvailSamuel Barker: Alright, start with the basic.Beau Beau: My name is Beau Beau, I'm cheerleader, go-go dancer, and tour manager for Avail. Beau Beau: Yeah, backup vocals. Beau Beau: I'm sorry, when we play I usually apologize before the set and tell everyone "I spit a lot." Samuel: So how long as Avail been together? Beau Beau: We've been together for 12 years. Beau Beau: Yeah, there's Ann Beretta, Strike Anywhere, a lot of good bands. Samuel: Strike Anywhere has the lead singer from Inquisition in it right? Beau Beau: Yeah, Ann Beretta has one of the guys from Inquisition in it too. Beau Beau: Yeah, Ann Beretta has one of the guys from Inquisition in it too. Samuel: Yeah, Rob played bass for them, and the drummer was in Inquisition.It's like a four page interview and I didn't even ask 10 questions. Beau Beau: Yeah, us Richmond kids can talk. Samuel: Avail wasn't originally from Richmond right? Beau Beau: For a while we were up in Ruston, VA which was about an hour and a half from Richmond, VA. Beau Beau: Weston?Samuel: I saw them open for the Suicide Machines in '96 and I thought they sucked. Beau Beau: Well, we have the same management company and they called one of the women there a bitch, and we're like family with them, so I went after them.Here they were with this little tattooed punk kid in their face saying he'd kick their ass.They didn't know what to think.Once we meet someone and become friends with them they become family, and we'll stand up for them. Samuel: Awesome.Weren't you close to DC? Beau Beau: Yeah, we were about 15 minutes from DC. Beau Beau: Yeah, we were about 15 minutes from DC. Samuel: Why did you guys choose Richmond over DC? Beau Beau: At that time there were a bunch of Fugazi-like bands around there, and there was no real hardcore scene anymore.Samuel: I notice the band's lyrics deal with politics ... Beau Beau: We're not a political band.It just doesn't work with us.We're too different.My outlook on gun control may be totally different from Tim's view.So we're not a political band. Samuel: Right, but you deal with political issues and a lot of personal politics, are those related to your environment in Richmond? Beau Beau: The closest we have come to poilitics in our area is we let Food Not Bombs cook at our house for about 6 months when they were there.Beau Beau: That's how Tim writes.Beau Beau: Richmond is nice because it's a small town with a lot going on.Beau Beau: Exactly.In the 12 years I've lived in Richmond I've had the same guy cut my hair, the same people work at the store I walk to.Everyone knows us there. Samuel: Yeah, I grew up in a small town, my graduating class has 20 people in it. Beau Beau: Awesome! Beau Beau: Awesome.That's how it is with us, everyone is in bands, and everyone supports each other. Rayanna: Do you every have people recognize you as being in Avail? Beau Beau: Yeah, but everyone knows who we are.I worked in a tattoo shop for a long time, so when people see us play they're like "That's the guy that gave me my tattoo" or "He's the one who put in my belly button ring".When I walk up to the store by the house I'm not "Beau Beau, Cheerleader for Avail", I'm just Beau. Beau Beau: Right, they'll ask us how the tour went and how everything is. Beau Beau: Not to knock it, it's just not us.We're more into crowd interaction, and getting into the crowd.Here it's too separated.If I want to get into the crowd, I want to be able to.I still do it here, but it's different. Samuel: Well, you don't have security trying to save cords and everything in a club.I can honestly say, I was sorta sad to see you guys playing your date here on the Warped Tour. Beau Beau: Yeah, Avail is a totally different band in a small club. Beau Beau: Yeah, Avail is a totally different band in a small club. Beau Beau: Snapcase, Suicide Machines, most of the bands on here, we're friends with. Beau Beau: Yes, Toledo Show.They're awesome.They're my favorite band to watch on this tour.We'll be hanging with friends and be I'll be like "I can't stay for your set, I gotta go see Toledo Show", and they'll be like "Whatever, you've seen us everyday." Beau Beau: Well, we're going to finish the US, go over seas for a bit, then make another trip around the US. Beau Beau: Not really, when we get home we kinda all go to our houses for some time alone, but after a few minutes of just sitting there, you start wondering "What are the other guys up to?"Beau Beau: I'm a 29 year old kid.Put it this way, I got grounded and missed a Minor Threat show, that's how old I am. Beau Beau: Oh no!I can barely take care of my dog.Beau Beau: We work off the music and get into the crowd.Beau Beau: Yeah, we work a lot to make everyone get into it, that's why I spit into the crowd, so they'll get riled up and get into the set. Samuel: I'm a huge Fugazi fan, and in the "Instrument" video, Ian is like "We play shows to get everyone involved and lead to change.It's no fun to be like 'the band is up there, I'm down here'.I'll pay my $5 say 'good show' and go home and nothing changes." Beau Beau: Exactly.That's how we are.I totally love Ian MacKaye and Fugazi.Beau Beau: Awesome ... Look! (pulls up shorts leg to reveal a nice tattoo of Ian MacKaye on his leg.) Beau Beau: Do you want the real story, or the story we're telling everyone? Samuel: Well, I know the story you've been telling everyone is that he left on tour because you guys wouldn't say you were a metal band. Beau Beau: Alright, you keep up.After 11 years of playing with Avail, he was ready to move on.He said it was unfair for him to not be in it 100% when every one else was.We're all still friends.I was talking to him the other night and he was like 'I bet you're sitting on the bed, watching TV and going over the tour plans'.He knows everything well, he just needed to move on. Rayanna: What happened to your tooth? Beau Beau: When I was 14, I was at a show and some skinheads bumped into me and I threw my elbows back to clear some room.The next thing I knew, I had two fists in my mouth.It died, and then 15 years later it fell out. Samuel: That was a big problem when I was younger, skinheads bullied everyone around at shows. Beau Beau: Right, I'm sure it was the same with you, when you were young in the scene, you sat on your boots just like everyone else so you didn't lose them.The punk scene used to be much more violent than it is today.....I think NOFX is on.I just heard "Fuck The Kids". Thanks for a great inte

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