Do you read press about Guster?
Yes, I’m an “Internet nerd.” I’m always searching for new music or funny things on the web. I read a lot of critiques and not just about our band. It’s weird that I can take critics’ word on other bands, but it’s harder to do when it’s our band. With the release of this album, Ganging Up On the Sun, we do feel a little vindicated by the positive reviews we have received.
How was the recent Jay Leno experience?
It was very cool. We’ll also be going on Conan with the pops orchestra. We’re ecstatic about that.
Where you nervous before appearing on Leno?
A little nervous. You can’t B.S. your way through a live television appearance. If you make a mistake during a concert, you can play it off and work off of that. With television, you’ve got one shot to get it right.
What is the sound quality like on the television shows?
It happens so fast, maybe in three, three-and-a-half minutes, and it’s over before you even realize it. We are on the set the entire day, rehearsing and getting prepared, then it’s over so quickly. But, overall, the sound quality is okay.
What’s your favorite show to perform on?
Leno has been great to us. He’s been very supportive. Conan is very cool. He is very approachable. He’ll even come down and play guitar with us. He’s great, fantastic. He’s the real deal.
How did you guys feel when Ray LaMontagne announced he was leaving the tour?
It was a bummer, but I understand why he made the decision. For Ray to get gratification from performing, he needs to feel comfortable in the environment, with the stage arranged in a certain way. That’s hard to achieve when you’re opening up for a band. Also, our fan bases are a little different. Ray’s music is incredible, but stylistically, it is not as fun as ours. His music is darker and filled with more melancholy. Some of our fans were not as receptive to Ray’s music. We are disappointed that it didn’t work out, but we are very appreciative that we had two months to tour with him.
Was that the reason three shows were cancelled?
That was part of the reason. The other part is that we typically book venues very conservatively. This tour, we decided to go for it. Booking four shows in Ohio may have been a little overzealous. That’s what I was talking about earlier with the inconsistency.