Caroline's Spine released their first CD back in 1993. They release 4 indie cd's before being signed to Hollywood Records. In 1997, they released Monsoon, their first major label cd. They followed they up with Attention Please in 1999. They scored a top 10 hit with "Nothing to Prove" on Active Rock Charts and have always had a cult following of fans. After being released from their contract, Caroline's Spine decided to stick with the independent approach to the industry and released two more records in the following years.
The first one consisted mostly of songs off of the four indie albums with four new songs, and was called Like It Or Not. The second one had mostly new songs and a few that had been around a bit, and that was called Overlooked. Since, they guys have taken a hiatus from the non-stop touring that they had known for the past 10 years and decided to spend time with family's and working on other projects. They have recently announced a Collection of items for fans to check out and a few shows with all of the members getting together on the road.
Jason Gilardi, drummer for Caroline's Spine, took a some time to answer some questions for Music Equals Life, including what they've been up to lately, The Collection, and more.
Nags: This upcoming tour in March is the first time that we've seen a caroline's spine show outside of Tulsa or Utah in a few years. Why did you guys decide to get back together for this tour?
Jason: The first reason is that we still have a ball rocking out with each other. We've been meaning to play more shows, but haven't had a chance to until now. Plus, we missed our friends out there.
Nags: Are we going to see more tours in the future? Or is this just a one time shot?
Jason: You never know with us. I'm sure this won't be the last tour.
Nags: You guys have something called The Collection that's been talked about for a while now. What is the Collection and what can fans expect from it?
Jason: "The Collection" is a way to say thanks to the fans and friends who have stayed with us over the years. And a way to show the new fans what they've missed. The first installment is 40 cd's made up of unedited live shows and studio demos. There's a lot of songs that we've played live, but never got recorded. Some of those are on these live cd's. The next installment will include a DVD as well as some possible new studio projects in the near future.
Nags: So, what have you all been up to in your time off from Caroline's Spine?
Jason: Jim has been very busy with recording solo cd's and touring on them. I have started giving Drum Lessons and Scott and I have a few musical side projects. Mark has been working on the Mark Haugh solo cd.
Nags: Will there ever be any new material expected from Caroline's Spine?
Jason: We've been discussing many possible options from a full band acoustic cd to a "lost songs" cd and maybe even a cd of all new stuff. We're getting all the logistics worked out.
Nags: What have you been listening to lately? Any recommendations for people out there?
Jason: My new favorite band is Dredg. Can't get enough of them. Also love the new David Gilmour solo cd. Huge Floyd fan!
Nags: What do you think about the state of the music industry right now?
Jason: Still sucks, always will!
Nags: What's your thoughts on downloading of music? Legal or Illegal?
Jason: I choose the legal way. Stealing is stealing.
Nags: What should we expect from these upcoming shows?
Jason: A great time with a kick ass band!!!
Nags: And finally - the question I ask every band: If the statement, you are what you eat is true - you would be a (what)?
Jason: I guess I'm crap, because that's what I eat!! Oh ya, and lots of pasta.