HomeMusicInterview: Race For Titles interview by eric Nebraska’s state song is “Beautiful Nebraska”, written by Jim Fras and Guy G. Miller. I don’t know about those guys, but I think Omaha-based Race for Titles has a few things over ’em. Melodic math indie space rock, like The Gloria Record except… different. I dunno; describing music like this is weird. They’ve got a single on the “NE vs. NC” compilation, a new record release on Redemption and they’re coming to California on a tour early next you. I phoned up the band (they have telephone’s in Omaha, now) at their practice space… Hey gang; how was Race for Titles started? Zac: Well, we started about two years ago in Jamie’s basement jamming around. We checked out some different musicians around town, and then Ryan joined the band, and we actually had a drum machine for a while. Matt, our current drummer, played in another band. Matt: Yeah, we played our first show together. You played live shows with the drum machine? Zac: Yeah. Matt: I was in my other band, which he was referring to. We had played our first show with race for titles, when they were using their drum machine. So this was a year ago? Zac: Yeah How many tours have you been on? Matt: None really. We’ve played around. Does living in Omaha prevent tours? Matt: Actually no, it’s great for bands. Omaha is central of anywhere, pretty much. How’s the Omaha music scene itself? Matt: Great. There’s a ton of bands in Omaha that are just totally exciting to listen to and watch. Do you find that people who think of Omaha think there isn’t a music scene? Matt: Used to, up until a year or so ago. Now the perception has totally changed. Now when people hear of new music, chances are it’s from Omaha. What’s the population of Omaha, anyways? Zac: Almost 800,000 Nice (suppressing excitement) (laughs) Matt: Hey, we’re spread out. Ryan: It’s all the suburbs out there, it must be a million. Yeah, but Omaha isn’t cool. Name five cool things: Matt: Henry Doorly Zoo, baby. Zac: Family Fun Center. Matt: Steakhouses. And bars. We like to drink and eat steaks. Zac: 49er lounge How is the scene as far as genres? Punks, emo etc? Matt: We got all sorts here. Pretty much everyone. What did you guys think of the NE vs. NC? Matt: Excellent, although for the record, Nebraska kicked their asses. Think the major labels will enjoy the indie rock scene? Matt: Ah, they’ll get sick and bored of it right away. We’re not really concerned about major labels… Who are you touring with? Matt: Cursive, in late January, early February. What do you guys do for money? Besides reaping in all that cash from your album? Ryan: That makes us money? (laughs) Matt: I’m a computer programmer Zac: I work at media services. Jamie works there as well. Ryan: I run an after school program Who would be the first to leave the band, over a girl? Ryan: I’d vote me, because I’m the only one with a girlfriend! Matt: Qualify that, because we don’t think Ryan is that big of a puss. Well, you know, his girlfriend says the band isn’t worth it and to make him quit (laughs) Zac: Have you met him before? You must be psychic. Who is the first dead comedian you think of? Zac: Chris Farley. Matt: Bill Hicks. Jamie: Sam Kenison Ryan: Can I pick the same one that someone else did? Um, it’s not a test. Ryan: Oh. Then Chris Farley. Potheads? No, unless beer is a drug. Final thoughts? Matt: um, well, beer and steaks are good. See you in San Diego. I’ll buy you a round. Matt: yay, we like beer!