Sitting down with Jeremy “Krikit” Liddle, Dave “Faber” Faber, Seamus O’Neill, and Jordan “JP” Pritchett before their set at Time to Laugh Comedy Club in Kingston, their tour bus felt like an extended living room. With all the amenities of home (with the exception of a shower), more than a healthy stash of beer and water, and more mirrors and lighting than I would know what to do with.
CT: How is tour going?
Faber Drive (FD): Awesome, it’s just getting cold now. It doesn’t get this cold out in Vancouver. We get rain 50% of the year.
CT: Where did the band start?
FD (Faber): We started in 2005 officially when Krikit joined the band and did a show with Hedley and then did a showcase for 604 records. I talked to Chad Kroeger – who is the co-owner of Vancouver Canada’s 604 Records – at the bar after the show and was like “wanna sign to 604 Records?” and I questioned him “why?” which he replied with “you’re signed.”
CT: Any tour stories I can share?
FD (JP): Here’s a country bar story: wanting to take it easy Johnny, Adam, Seamus and me along with friends headed out to a country bar in Oshawa. Seamus said “It had been awhile since we swashbuckled, and we met up with a buddy who knew the country bar owner. When we met the owner I told him my Dad is Aaron Pritchett, and that we were in Faber Drive. He asked us to get up on stage and play a song so we covered my Dad’s song “Hold My Beer, While I Kiss Your Girlfriend”. Seamus ended up finishing the set up for the other drummer. The best part was we were getting girls coming up to us. Their boyfriends and a bunch of guys with mustaches and mullets like Billy Rae Cyrus, weren’t that happy about it and made it known through a few choice words towards us. But in the end it turned out great, we ended up getting their respect at the end of the night with high-fives! Then we had a crazy time on the bus.
FD (Faber): “I totally don’t drink on the road” and this night, Krik was sicker than a dog. This is the story of one beer. It started with Curtis and the rest of the Fighting For Ithaca guys sitting on the bus, and generally I don’t drink because I find it affects my voice too much. Curtis said, “Faber thought you were just going to have one?”. Next thing you know ten beers later we ripped into the Phil’s bottle of Tequila. We managed to refill Phil’s bottle of Tequila outside somehow, the toilet broke that night and we don’t remember what happened. This is a lesson for anyone who knows us if you can get me to have one beer, it’s going to be a good night.
FD (Krikit): I slept through it all. No, actually I woke up and had a beer at 4 a.m. because I couldn’t get back to sleep.
CT: If you could choose a super power which one would it be?
FD (Faber): Spiderman and shooting webs. I always love how he can swing through the city. Or the forest, the trees of BC, or the Red Cedar Trees in California. Just flying from tree to tree.
FD (Seamus): Time travel, hop from time to time. Seamacanecious. Then I could sample every time. It would be awesome to go to a 50’s swing dinner for ice cream. Go be a hippie in the 60’s, but I wouldn’t stay cause the smell would be horrible. Cave man days would be cool too. I would be a good-looking caveman.
FD (JP): I wanna be able to fly and see through girls clothes.
FD (Krikit): (laughing) you took both of mine, JP! I’m going to go with being invisible.
FD (JP): Because it kind of encompasses them all.
CT: Can you give me the story behind a song on any album?
FD (Faber): have you heard the Candy Store story yet? The Candy Store story is about our good friend Jeff Johnston who wrote most of the song, “You and I Tonight”. He came to the studio near the end of the album for a writing session. We had written 59 songs by this point. He said “you know the saying, I’m like a kid in a candy store?” And I liked that idea for a song. At this point I run out of the studio and jump in my car. I come back an hour later with six bags of candy totalling $150.00 from Seven Eleven. There were tons of lyrics that didn’t make it into the song. Like FunDip and Rolo is just bad.
FD (Faber): Have you watched VLOG 50? GO watch it NOW!! We blow up a toilet, coke bottle rockets, and fireworks. Watch out for VLOG 100! Coming Soon! To faberdrive.com
CT: Can you tell me the story behind your band name?
FD (Faber): The best story is Faber Drive Chapter one. There is a bunch of real stories. We were in the studio and one of the producers was like, “you should call the band Faber”. My name is Dave Faber, I thought it was a stupid idea because I’m not that kind of person. I talked to friends and family and they thought it was an awesome idea. The reason why we changed it to Faber Drive because there were some other bands including one over in Europe by the name of Faber and a bunch of companies. So we changed the name to avoid people suing us later on.
CT: Any tattoo stories?
FD (Krikit): I had this thing a couple of years ago when I wanted to get a tattoo everywhere we go on tour. So people knew a friend of a friend who said they could do it for free. So we went to this girl’s hair salon, where an artist set up. I was going to get the fleur-de-lis because I wanted something to symbolize Montreal. He only had the outline needle and used it to shade in the entire tattoo. It looked good for a day or two.
CT: Best thing about touring?
FD (Krikit): Playing Live and the people we get to meet.
FD (JP): Then hanging out afterwards.
CT: Worst thing about touring?
FD (Faber): Fighting For Ithaca’s stinky feet.
FD (Krikit): What they haven’t learned yet about tour, is in your bunk you need to put on clean underwear and socks before the show so you don’t stink up the bus when your hanging out after shows.
FD (Faber): I wear a Pink Bikini (sarcasm).
CT: One thing you can’t live without?
FD (Krikit): Cellphone, (thinks about it some more) and Apple in general.
FD (Faber): Fork.
FD (Seamus): Phone charger.
FD (JP): A knife and willing to harm to get the fork.
CT: Any favourite video games you play on tour?
FD (Krikit): We have never been much into video gaming on the road, we would rather practice, hangout on tour.
FD (JP): Watch Step-Brothers once a day.
CT: Any questions you never get or want to be asked when being interviewed?
FD (Faber): What are our influences? And to answer that we are heavily into Money Maker Mike, and Krispy Kreme.
FD (JP): Who would I collaborate with dead or alive?
FD (Seamus): Will you marry me? (sarcasm).
Giving back to their fans is important to the members of Faber Drive. They are down-to-earth guys just trying to do what they love and have a great time on the journey. Wrapping up their Lost In Paradise 2012 tour in Nova Scotia later this month. Faber Drive blows up their social media sites and can be found at www. faberdrive.com and on Facebook, Youtube, Pintrest and Twitter (@ faberdrive. @krikitfaberdrive, @ faberfaberdrive, @jpfaberdrive and @seamusdrummer).