Hoards of manic groupies and a whiskey-spitting drummer. Gunning guitar riffs and wailing anthems of life-shortening rock and roll –– completely undiluted. Daredevil Jane is no genre hybrid or hodgepodge of sound –– it’s purebred rock. Like Axl used to make. And it’s no mystery how it’s to be enjoyed. Among throngs of supermodels and movie stars…live. “I don’t really like telling people how we sound,” explains lead guitarist, former pro surfer and Tavarua boatman Micah Anderson. “I just tell them to come out and see for themselves.” We would have to agree. You’ll be in for nothing less than the night of your life. ––Travis Ferr
SURFING MAGAZINE: FIRST OF ALL CAN YOU JUST GIVE A LITTLE HISTORY LESSON ON THE BAND? HOW YOU ALL GOT TOGETHER?MICAH ANDERSON:
We’ve been together as Daredevil Jane for about two and a half years. We all came from different bands in the San Diego though. I guess it was Chris O’Brien and I that started it. We started jamming together about three years ago putting together some songs. Right at the time that we should have been looking for a singer and other member I split town to go work on Tavarua as a boatman. In a way I kind of pulled the rug on him but he was still around when I got back. I took my computer and pro-tools with me while I was gone to keep writing. I called Chris from Fiji right when I was coming home to let him know I really wanted to get things going. When we got started again I guess we just did what every other band does and start asking around for people to play with. A friend of mine told my about this guy that could sing really well and was really into our type of stuff so we called him up. He was in the band and singing his first show with us about two weeks later. My brother is the other guitar player. So that was kind of a no-brainer on how we got him. We have been playing together for a while now. He actually tried out as the drummer but didn’t make the cut so we made him the rhythm guitar player. Our drummer Trevor came a little later.
WHAT TYPE OF NIGHT ARE PEOPLE IN FOR WHEN THEY GO SEE YOUR SHOW?
Well…let’s just say it’s a good time. The fans we have are pretty die hard and into being at the show. There’s not a lot of people just standing around being quiet and observing. It seems like a lot of shows I go to nowadays are more on the mellow side –– people just standing there watching, rather than getting into the show. And I f—-ing hate that. I’d rather have people throwing shit and booing than have that sort of crowd.
WHAT TYPES OF INFLUENCES DO YOU GUYS HAVE MUSICALLY?
Well, it’s pretty obvious that we’re all into rock and roll. So without stating the obvious, it ranges from Miles Davis to Minor Threat –– pretty across the board. Gunner is really into R&B shit, which is how he got into singing. Matt (brother and rhythm guitarist) and I have a dad that could recite you the history of rock and roll but we were also really into punk, too.
PRO SURFER OR ROCKSTAR, WHAT’S BETTER?
Well I haven’t made any sort of real “fame” on either side of the fence but I think that the band has done better than my surfing ever did. I wish I was in a position like Donavan or Tim Curran when I started, it would have made things a lot easier. If I had to pick one or the other though, I would take the music any day of the week; even if I was Kelly.
HOW DO YOU GUYS HANDLE GOING ON TOUR FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME?
I think touring for us is the best part. In a lot of ways its like going on surf trips with other guys that you don’t know but by the end of the trip you’ve made some really good friends and connections to keep the ball rolling. But being in Texas during the middle of summer isn’t as rad as being in Bali.
IF YOU GUYS COULD OPEN ANY BAND OF ALL TIME WHOM WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
Me personally, without sounding too clich, would have to say Guns‘n Roses and Marilyn Manson. I love bands that have cult followings and have the crazy shows where everyone at the show is singing along and freaking out.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU GUYS?
Well, in our near future we have taken the next couple months off to record our next album that will be released in the fall. More long term we want to do what bands like Social Distortion have done. They’ve built up such a good fan base that they will have jobs and be able to put our records as long as they stay together. We aren’t looking to be a one hit wonder. We’d rather take the other route and make sure that people love us forever.
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