Lets start with a little background on 7 Day Binge.
7 Day Binge started when 3 Doors Down was touring in Europe and we had a guy that came out and set up all by himself with a piano and a guitar. It was Jon Nicolson, who was part of the Muzik Mafia, if you know anything about that. Jon came out there and just rocked the house man, you know. We was on tour for quite a few dates that we played together and by then, with all those dates, me and Jon done become friends man, and we actually wrote one of the songs, Cold Dark Grave and that made it on the 7 Day Binge record. You know, its just one of those things you know, where chemistry took over man. When me and Jon get together we can write a song in a heartbeat man, its just one of those things that really works, and its a lot of fun, you know. Along the way, we picked up Kenny Olson; he used to play with Kid Rock. Shannon Boone, hes a drummer, hes played drums all his life and its a hell of a line-up man. Its definitely a lot of fun man; I wouldnt do it if it wasnt a lot of fun. Its real cool to get to create something outside of what Im used to like 3 Doors Down. This band, I guess you could say, kinda lets me let my hair down a little bit man and stop being so conservative.
So thats the big appeal of 7 Day Binge; having fun and making music on the side.
Yeah, its a side project man and when we quit having fun with it, well quit doing it. But right now, you know, we are having a lot of fun with it
Sounds like you're having a lot of fun with this project, which leads me to ask about the meaning of the name 7 Day Binge.
It actually started in Sweden and Jon was uh, he was driving in a car from tour to tour. So we just become good friends and we got Jon to ride the bus with us, so he rode the bus with us for most of that tour. During most of that tour, me and him sat up in the front lounge with a guitar in our hands and wrote music, man. Its just one of those things man, you sit down with some people and you never can write a song then you sit down with some guys that got ideas out the ying-yang and it really just comes together.
What kind of reaction are you getting from the pubic?
You know, its just now starting to take off, we just got it the stores about a week ago. We did a small indie deal with a record company called Rock Ridge Records. Its a guy that Ive know all my life, Tom Derr, he used to work with Universal when Doors (3 Doors Down) first got signed. He went off and did his own thing and I couldnt think of anybody better to take it to than Tom. Cause we really didnt want to go to a major label deal on this thing. Its a side project and I have to do it in my spare time. Like 3 Doors, right now were writing a record and getting ready to get started with 3 Doors again. But this works out cause Binge has opened for 3 Doors a couple of times now and its a good mix. Everybody enjoyed the Binge when we played and you know, you might catch me and Jon on tour with 3 Doors one of these days."
Won't playing in two bands every night run you to death?
Ill probably have some type of deprivation going on by the end of that tour, but well see.
So what happens if 7 Day Binge takes off, do you have a decision to make there?
You know, my first priority is to 3 Doors Down. 3 Doors Down is my baby, you know. If it takes off, good, but Im not going to let it interfere with 3 Doors at all. 3 Doors is definitely my baby and my brothers are in that band and I could never walk away from 3 Doors Down, no matter what.
I didnt figure that you would ever do that, I just thought youd have to figure out some type of middle ground.
You know, me and Jon wrote all the songs. Maybe Ill just hire a bass player to go out and play my parts. (laughing) Man, thats probably what Ill do right there.
So, the majority of the tracks on the CD run in excess of four minutes, which is outside a traditional radio air slot. Is that something you think might interfere with getting the music heard?
We just wrote the songs to where, you know, we wrote the songs for us. We want radio airplay, we want this and that, we want what every band wants but its not one of those things we worried about. Its basically a thing that were having fun doing, were playing shows you know when Three Doors is off and we have fun with it and thats the main thing man, just go have fun and were not going to conform to what everybody thinks it should be, you know.
I wouldnt be surprised if that kind of attitude actually helped with the success of the CD.
Yeah, well do our thing with it man and when we quit having fun with it, were going to quit. Right now, man, were having a great time and the guys all have a good time and we all get along great. The music is awesome man.
Beyond the upcoming VH1 Best Cruise Ever dates with 3 Doors Down, I didnt see any more tour dates. Are you planning something to promote the new CD?
Theyre coming. Right now were worried about the 3 Doors record and were gonna get it out now. Then, when we find out the dates on the 3 Doors Down tour and where were all then, well find out what we can do with 7 Day Binge.
Okay, that makes sense.
Were thinking about, when 3 Doors plays a show and we have a two or three day period after that where were at home, we might start doing a lot of after-parties, man, you know, some 7 Day Binge after-parties. Say were in Kansas City somewhere you know, and our next show is in California, and there is a couple of days in between where were not doing anything, maybe we can put 7 Day in those kind of slots.
Cool, so on the 7 Day Binge CD, which is your favorite track?
Man, my favorite track on the CD is, well, it has to be one of two. I like the first song 7 Day Binge and then uh, I like The End of the Road. Whats your favorite?
My favorite, without a doubt, is Im Coming Back Again. That track kicks ass.
You know, when we first starting pushing the CD to radio, that was the song that we first started letting everybody hear, you know. That was one of my first picks, then the record guys got involved (laughing) and there you go.
Thats the track that I find myself listening to again and again.
Yeah, its got a really cool little bass line.
I noticed that. I guess that makes is easy to tell who produced it. (laughing)
You can tell that I had a little something to do with that one (laughing)
Okay, so for my last question, I have to ask about 7 Day Binge again. Is there some type of subliminal message in the fact that the title track clocks in a 4:20?
Uh, thats the first Ive heard of it. I dont think there are any subliminal messages in the 7 Day CD. Now, tell me that again.
The track 7 Day Binge has a running time of 4 minutes, 20 seconds.
I dont know
..okay, now I get it. Were definitely a 4:20 band; we were like that the whole time. You know, its a little hazy in here right now.
Thats pretty funny.
I didnt hear what you said at first, but were definitely a 4:20 band.
Cool, I guess I can claim to be the first one to catch that.