Something I noticed at the Santa Rosa show is that you guys spent a lot of time talking with fans after the show. Is that something that you value getting to do at each show?
That plays a big part in building up a decent fan base. Just being grateful, being humble, going out and saying thanks to everybody and just kinda trying to give back as we possibly can. The way the record industry works now, especially for rock bands, it might be a bit different for more Top 40 radio type music, but for guys like us, we’ve really got to get out and say thanks and tell people to keep coming back to shows and stuff to build these big audiences. It takes one person at a time to keep building this thing up. You can’t miss every kind of opportunity.
It’s a good thing. It’s a very simple way to give back, and say thank you, and makes everything a little bit more personal, too. We all get caught up in the whole cyber world so much, that music just kind of becomes impersonal. So that’s a way at least to say, “We’re normal people, for the most part, we’re a little bit crazy, but we’re still normal.”
Very cool. So, something I’ve always wondered about is what's the story behind your band name?
[laughs] What ended up happening was when I moved to L.A., I was working with a producer who literally just never believed anything I ever told him. He always thought I was an extremely good liar. Strange things would always happen, not necessarily strange in a bad way, just kind of a lot to explain and he never believed any of it. So one day, my past band had broken up, I knew I was going to put something else together and he wanted to work with whatever it was, and they wouldn’t do it ‘til we had a band name.
I couldn’t come up with anything that I felt was worthy enough for his time, and eventually he came in to work one day and said, “You know, you’re such a liar, dude, why don’t you call yourselves The Liars?” We looked it up and there’s already a couple bands named The Liars. And he’s like, “Where are you from again?” I go, “South Carolina.” And he’s like, “That’s it! Call yourselves Carolina Liar.” And it just stayed. That was it. The whole concept of us being a band from South Carolina and the rest of the guys from Sweden actually kind of adds to the name of us being a bunch of liars. It’s such an odd pairing.