(TCFS, Summer 2002)
It was one of the hottest days of the year and I was at Warped Tour 2002 in Cincinnati, Ohio. One of the groups that I wanted to interview was The Eyeliners (Gel, Laura, Lisa), who I had just read an article about in Rockrgrrl. When I received the list of bands that were doing interviews that day, I was bummed that The Eyeliners weren’t on it.
However, as luck would have it, I managed to run into Laura, the lead singer of the group, at their merchandies tent. I asked her if I could do a quick interview there and she was said no problem. The interview had to be a quicky sinceI only had five mintues before me next scheduled interview with a band backstage.
TCFS – How’d you get picked for this tour?
Laura – Last year our booking agent sent the fellow who runs and puts together this whole warped tour, a copy of our cd, “Here come trouble.” He really loved it and he put us on four dates. Then at the end of the four dates he was like “you know I really loved your band and I really like your work ethic and I’m gonna want you to play more dates next year”. We sent him our new cd and he put us on the whole entire tour this year.
TCFS – Your out here taking care of your own merchandise tent, are you handling everything yourself on this tour?
L – We got a tour bus this time, so it’s nice. We’re sharing it with Flogging Molly. We had quite the party on our bus last night, so everyone is really feeling it today. There was a bowling alley near the venue, so we all went bowling. It was fun.
TCFS – You’re based out of Albuquerque, NM, how’s the scene there?
L – It’s actually a small scene. We really only have one main club, Launch Pad. There’s also a theater for larger shows and that’s the Sunshine Theater.
TCFS – How long have you been together?
L – A little over five years now.
(at this point Gel and Lisa show up)
TCFS – Gel you were doing some funky contortionist back bends while you were onstage playing, where the hell did you learn how to do that? How do you do that?
Gel – I don’t know. I just started doing it onstage one day. The funny thing is that I can’t do it without my guitar. I think I would just fall down like a rag doll. The guitar helps me out with balance.
TCFS – What kind of bands were you all in before you got together?
L – This was actually our first band.
TCFS – Wow. Were you surprised at how well you’ve done?
L – Initially when we started. Everything was a surprise. Every little thing was exciting and new. We didn’t really expect to come this far, but we put in a lot of hard work and toured a lot and it worked out.
TCFS – How does it feel to go from an Albuquerque band to playing to all these people at Warped?
L – Actually we always said that LA was our home, because that was the first place we broke. We played shows, got good write ups in L.A. Weekly. That good press that we got really helped us out. That’s the first area where we started to draw well. We actually got popular in Los Angeles, before we were known in Albuquerque.
TCFS – Any surprises on this tour? Any bands that you got to discover that just blew you away?
L – There’s so many amazing bands here. Flogging Molly, New Found Glory, MXPX… so many bands, and the great thing is that there are no egos. All these huge bands and they’re so down to earth. It’s like a huge family. It’s been the greatest experience ever.
TCFS – What are your plans following this tour?
L – We’re planning to stick around at the end of the tour and play the House of Blues in Chicago at the end of August. Other than that, we plan to go home and get some rest before we do another fall US tour. Then we’re going to write a new record and hopefully record it before the end of the year.