The Slants
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Hey guys! How many record companies did you have to go through to find the one you have now? (e-mail: tsukibara.jp@gmail.com)


The Slants responded on 08/07/2010
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Although we've entertained offers from other companies, we've turned all of them down and decided to remain independent.

Right now, our band is our own label - we do everything ourselves so that we'll have 100% control of the content and make sure that fans get the very best without someone else trying to take control of what we do :)

Q

WE LOVE THE SLANTS!


The Slants responded on 08/07/2010
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We love you too!

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How come the Woods wouldn't book you when I was trying to set up a Pop Tomorrow! show, but now they will? jk. Love you guys! -Angelo


The Slants responded on 08/07/2010
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Because they're racists. Haha. Don't know why actually. Venues can be fickle sometimes.

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Before joining the band, what was your favorite job(s)?


The Slants responded on 08/07/2010
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Aron - bartender; Simon - playing in a different band called The Stivs; Johnny - managing a drywall store; Tyler - working for the state

Q

What's your favorite song to perform live? and the best location/concert area that you've played before (so no saying Madison Square Garden or anywhere you haven't been before :))?
twilly28@yahoo.


The Slants responded on 08/07/2010
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Each of us have different fave songs - but generally those include Love Within My Sins, Lucky Strike, How the Wicked Live, and Vice Versus Virtue.

And everyone in the band agrees: the coolest stage we ever played on was at MTAC 2010 in Nashville - 150' wide stage with 3 catwalks and thousands of fans...can't go wrong with that! After that, the coolest venues have included the Qwest Arena (Boise, ID), Crystal Ballroom (Portland, OR), Washington State Conference Center (Seattle, WA).

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What are the former Slants members up to now?


The Slants responded on 08/07/2010
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In order of departure:
Alex - unknown. Last we heard, he bought a condo and was playing drums for a jazz.pop combo.
Aimee - unknown. We haven't heard from her in a long time.
Gwei Lo (Pete) - writing music with Gaijin, taking care of his kids
AC - still playing in The Gentry
Jon Bailey - writing his own music, living with Jen Cho
Jen Cho - full time student as a music major
Gaijin - Studying abroad in Japan, writing music with Pete in a project called Lakeshore Driving

Q

Any of you like heavy metal? If so, what's your favorite musician/band?


The Slants responded on 08/07/2010
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Yes indeed. We're all huge metal fans. Tyler used to be a drum tech for Metal Church and listens to a lot of 90's/contemporary metal bands. Aron and Simon are avid fans of Iced Earth, Hammerfall, and many others.

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What's your opinion on some of the "older" rock bands like Guns n' Roses, Motley Crue, Poison, ect?
twilly28@yahoo.com


The Slants responded on 08/07/2010
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We love 80's metal. I grew up learning bass from Duff McKagen (Guns N' Roses) and have every release they've ever done (including all individual members' side projects) and a pretty extensive 80's metal collection. Since most of us are older, we grew up listening to 80's music.

Q

whose your favorite asian supehero?


The Slants responded on 07/31/2010
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Pretty much all of the characters from "Secret Identities" are amazing. Each one represents fantastic perspectives on what the comic industry would be like if Asian Americans would be featured as Super Heroes - other than the typical "super ninja" or "exotic female" type roles.

Still..there are some pretty bad ass superheroes, including the real life one - Bruce Lee!