(Rules of The Gauntlet: The artists (Like in this case Hattiesburg, Mississippi-based Power Pop / Alternative Rockers Paul Johnson and The About Last Nights) is sent a butt ton of questions ranging from standard to stupid from which they must choose at least 12 to answer and return them to us with a minimum of tear stains.)
Which Muppet would you marry, which one would you wanna knife fight in a swamp, and which one should be our global emperor? Why?
Miss Piggie… kind of messed up that she is my ONLY choice as a heterosexual….
… knife fight in a swamp? Not Kermit….you’d be fighting that sumbitch on his home turf….I’d go with Gonzo, because he seems like he doesn’t know his way around a switchblade. Global Emperor…I would say Fozzie, I mean seriously… look who we have now as a President (not that the alternative was any better,) but a bear with bad jokes and a hand up his ass can’t be any worse…Tell me about your new album. The writing, vibe, production/producers, etc.
Tell me about your new album. The writing, vibe, production/producers, etc.
“Give Up The Ghost” was recorded in 4 days with producer and close friend Tuk Smith (from Earache recording artist, The Biters.) Paul and myself recorded it in Atlanta, Georgia with Tuk, and another buddy Dan Dixon (Pls Pls, and The dropSonic) at his Studio (Dan’s) RCRD studio. It was nothing but a positive vibe all around; having 4 like minded individuals with one common goal: make the songs as amazing as possible. While doing preproduction, Tuk, Paul, and I took the time to really craft the arrangements. If a part didn’t make the song (and the message) have more of an impact, it was cut. Paul very much has a “Don’t bore us, get to the chorus” (to quote Tom Petty) attitude when it comes to songwriting, and with my love Punk, and yes, Pop music (eat your bullet belt heart out Metalheads, and for my indie hipsters, please don’t shed a tear in your craft beers) it’s a perfect partnership. You will never find a six minute bloated epic on a Paul Johnson & The About Last Night album.
How long could you live without money?
I couldn’t live long..I am a single dad with a 10 year old little girl, and she has expensive taste.
What legendary musicians would you like to play badminton with?
Marc Bolan (T.Rex.) I have read a ton about Marc, and I have fell into a couple “YouTube” wormholes about him, and one thing they have ALL said was how athletically “inept” he was. So that being said, I’d pick him, for an easy win. You wouldn’t want to pick someone like say, Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) because he comes off extremely competitive, and… in the off chance you did win…he might challenge you to a fencing duel, and that’s the last ass whooping I’d want to endure.
What was the last song you listened to before this interview?
“Savior” by Rise Against. They are one of my favorite bands. I would LOVE to tour with them. Amazing records, and great songs.
Any tours planned?
It’s looking like we will heading out on the road late summer.
If you were facing unbeatable and fatal odds what song would you want to check out to? Why?
Janet Jackson’s “That’s The Way Love Goes.” ONLY if I could have the video on repeat. If I am going to die, can I at least do it with a smile on my face?
Describe your face.
Angelic, and baby-like (I pickled myself early on,) with a side of perplexed, as I read these questions. Describe yours to me as you read my answers/responses.
What would you like to say to your fans?
Thank you. Without you, we are nothing. Forever grateful for each and every one of you.
Where do your song names come from?
I mean, I could say that Zeus himself hand delivers them to Paul and I, with a six pack and pizza in hand… but the truth is, they usually come from a line in the verse or the chorus, or the subject matter that the song is about.
There’s a good chance you will look back and be embarrassed by your current hairstyle. Discuss.
Highly doubtful. I have never fell into the “Man Bun” or the “Hey, look at me, I look like a 1930’s Depression Era/Dustbin Reject” trap. I don’t follow fair weather trends, nor do I have temporary friends. (you can use that if you’d like.)
If you could accomplish one thing in a music career what would it be? When you achieve that will you quit?
There are two things. Longevity, and to be an example for my daughter and every kid out there with a dream to never give up.
No. Paul, myself, and the rest of the guys are lifers. This is what I was put on this earth to do.
Top five favorite albums?
In no particular order:
The Marvelous 3: Hey!Album
Queen: A Night At The Opera
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Damn The Torpedos
Prince: Purple Rain Soundtrack
The Replacements: Please To Meet Me
What really pisses you off?
Ignorant, small minded, and judgmental people. There are so many people in this world willing to point the blame at anyone other than themselves, and their decision making (or lack thereof) skills. When we all own up to our own responsibilities (and mistakes,) that will be a step in the right direction for all of us.
Who the fuck do you think you are?
I am Zack Lewis, from Paul Johnson & The About Last Nights, who the fuck do you think you are?
What are some of the unwritten rules of tours?
First rule of “tour life,’ don’t talk about “tour life.” That, and Baby Wipes.
How many unarmed but very angry 4 year olds would it take to kick your ass?
Two I could handle, but 3 pushes it over the edge and into their favor.
If you won a chance to kiss Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber how would you escape to the space station?
I would take my opportunity to kiss Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber, and raffle it off with a Go Fund Me account, and use those earnings to buy my way on to the Space Station.Wheelie or endo? An Endo, but it only counts if you do it goofy-footed, and after watching “Gleaming The Cube” 3 times in a row.
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