AD: HOW DO YOU GET AWAY WITH YOUR “LEWD” LYRICS (WITH THE SCABS OR THE U.A’S)? DO
YOU GET COMPLAINTS FROM THE WOMEN IN THE AUDIENCE? YOU MUST BE DOING SOMETHING
RIGHT AS THE MAJORITY OF YOUR FOLLOWING IS FEMALE.
BS: Women seem to like the lewd lyrics in our songs.I’ve found that guys tend to be more turned off than women by them. I think that women appreciate the kind of frankness and directness of the lyrics.
AD: WHY DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE SUCH A LARGE COLLEGE FANBASE?
BS: Well, Austin has a lot of college students who like to go out and listen to live music and party and try to get laid and all that good stuff. They know that if they come to one of my shows that there are going to find folks there that they can do that kind of thing with. After you’ve kind of established yourself, it becomes more of a social scene.
AD: HOW DOES YOUR SOLO ACT DIFFER FROM THE SCABS OR LONLEYLAND(BESIDES THE
BS: Well, all the new projects I’ve put together have come about because I’ve had some songs that didn’t work in the old projects. While I was in Joe Rockhead I started writing songs on my own, but that band was set up in such a way that it was difficult for the band to play those songs. I soon found an outlet for them in Ugly Americans. when Adam and I started the Scabs, we had written a bunch of songs that the Ugly Americans just weren’t going to play (ie. I fucked your daughter in the ass boy) and so I needed an outlet to play that stuff live. After the Scabs became more of a dance/party band, I needed a group that I could play some of the mellower stuff I had written with. That became Lonelyland and eventually the Bob Schneider Band.
AD: DO YOU WRITE YOUR OWN MATERIAL?
BS: I do now, yes. when I started out with Joe Rockhead almost all the songs were written as a group. We’d show up at practice and sit in a room and jam and that’s how 99% of those songs were written. After a while I started writing some songs on my own and I started playing those in UA but there was still quite a bit of collaboration going on there. With the scabs I wrote quite a few songs with Adam Temple and they formed the core of the early stuff, but it was during this time that I really started doing a lot of writing on my own.
AD: WHAT DOES BEING AN AUSTIN MUSIC ICON MEAN TO YOU?
BS: It means that I can play live and people will come out to see me play. At least at this point. I’m very proud of being associated with Austin as well. It’s a great city with a wonderfully friendly, liberal attitude and of course a great music scene.
AD: WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT AUSTIN?
BS: It’s really the warmth of the people that live here. friends always tell me how refreshing it is to come here and just be greeted by complete strangers with respect and courtesy. It’s something that you just don’t always find in a city of this size almost anywhere else in the states on a consistant basis.
AD: HOW DID YOU DIG ACL THIS YEAR?
BS: I loved it. I think it’s the best live music festival in the country period. To be included with the rest of the bands that performed here is a real honor.
AD: WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE BUILD UP OF AUSTIN?
BS: I can’t say that I’m crazy about change, so it makes me nervous. I still think that no matter how big this city gets, it’s still going to have that soul that’s going to set it apart from other cities.
AD: WHAT LOCAL MUSIC BRING YOU OUT?
BS: One of the problems I have with playing live music all the time and doing a lot of traveling is, I don’t get to see as much live music as I’d like to. There are a bunch of bands in austin that I really love though. The Resentments. Los Lonely Boys. Fastball. The Meat Purveyors. Little Capn Travis. Toni Price. Matt the Electrician. Billy Harvey. Kacey Krowley. Patty Griffin. Group Fantasma. Weary Boys. The Gourds. Jeff Klein. There’s a bunch I’m sure I’m forgetting. The list is pretty long.
AD: WHAT DO YOU THINK OF BUSH? (GW)
BS: Never met him.
AD: WHY DO YOU THINK THERE ARE SO MANY ARTISTS IN AUSTIN?
BS: Well, I think the fact that you have so many universities and students in this town plays a big factor. I think Austin’s reputation as the live music city is another. I think the liberal attitude of the folks that live here is another. It might just be the really good hydroponic weed that’s available.