The Distinguished Order Of Disobedience (The DOOD) are a stand out in the Florida metal Scene. The band has been steadily attracting fans over the last few years and have just released a new album. I had the opportunity to do a Q & A interview with Brian and discuss all things metal.
XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
BRIAN: We just released a new album- BUTTERCUP!!! at the end of October, very excited about it, right now we are working on a few videos from some of the cuts, and planning on starting a tour in the spring. Looking forward to possibly extending our tour from the U.S. to some dates in Europe over the summer.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
BRIAN: The Distinguished Order Of Disobedience (The D.O.O.D.) has been together in this iteration for approximately five years, although the band was formed quite a few years before that by Raynus and Jonzey.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
BRIAN: When I was a kid growing up my parents listened to some easy listening stuff and I never got to hear much else, but one day I changed the station and I heard Break on Through by the DOORS and as soon as I heard the energy in the music and the amount of feeling that was in the vocals I immediately decided this is what I have to do. My musical tastes got heavier and heavier almost instantly but that is why I knew I had to be in a band. I know everyone has their own take on it but really it all comes down to all of us just loving the way music made us feel and its ability to make other people feel a certain way, happy/sad/love/ hate, what have you.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
BRIAN: Robbie (drums) came from a very musical family, and has been playing since a young age, I (Brian) Started gigging doing acoustic acts at 12 or thirteen. I have played in many bands nobody had heard of and got a chance to do a lot of touring with a few bands. Raynus and Jonzey just have a deep love for playing music and entertaining and put a band together to explore that.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
BRIAN: We are a heavy metal band, we definitely have a good time image, but our music is usually a bit darker in subject than that. At the end of the day our image is pretty much that of a heavy metal family, we are friendly but we may sacrifice you to the gods at the end of the day.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
BRIAN: Play great shows and, keep writing great music. We are a theatrical band so the stage show plays a big role in who we are. We are definitely hoping to tour quite a bit more on this album than the last.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
BRIAN: I think although we do have much love for both, playing live shows is what we have always been about. I think we write what we have in us, and that would happen anyway, but every show we play is a new adventure for us and the audience.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
BRIAN: We have some horror themed music, and they kind of speak for themselves, but we do have songs that specifically are about questioning authority, not politics mind you, just the fact that you should never follow anyone or anything too blindly. There are some songs that are a bit more personal for us, on the new album, we have a song called Chasing Dragons that is about the losses we have suffered due to addiction. We also write a bit about the importance of teamwork and keeping your friends close.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
BRIAN: Making good music. That’s all there is, and the term good is subjective, but in this case it means any bit of music that someone can either relate to, go crazy to, or feel love/hate for.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
BRIAN: There are probably too many to count, we try to make everything an event, but there was this one time when we were on tour in the Northeast and the RV broke down on a Sunday and it was also father’s day. We had a gig in the next state over. We wound up renting a box truck and throwing most of the band in the back with the equipment. I was lucky enough to be driving, but even luckier that I didn’t get pulled over and arrested for human trafficking, lol.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
BRIAN: We once had some fans wanting us to buy a rug and keep it on stage because we go by the DOOD and apparently they were just enamored with the Big Lebowski. Otherwise nothing too weird. One guy really wanted us to play Burn In Hell by Twisted Sister. We obliged, it was kinda fun actually.
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
BRIAN: Our friends are super supportive. They are some of our best fans, and they help us keep going. I really haven’t run across anyone non supportive of what we do. Family wasn’t always as supportive but they came around.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
BRIAN: Work on making your music as good as it can be, before you worry about all the extra stuff, just get some good solid songs, and once you have them, find a gig and really watch and see what goes over and what doesn’t. Don’t get hung up on worrying about making money at first, make fans, and always be good to them. Your fans will take care of you.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
BRIAN: I think it would be hard to pinpoint one band. As a band collectively we all love old school and new school metal. it would be hard to pinpoint just one inspiration. We get inspired every day really.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
BRIAN: Mushroomhead, Testament, Anthrax, One Eyed Doll. For me that would be a damn fun time.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
BRIAN: I would probably be an undertaker. Or freelance whiskey tester. Anything that allowed me to have a little freedom and a little creativity. I would maybe like to teach.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
BRIAN: I prefer to use Shure mics, Raynus plays Les Paul mainly combined with at Bogner amp, Indy plays Schecter Guitars, Bugera and Line 6 Amps and runs through a Headrush Pedalboard. And, of course, we all use Sinister Guitar picks.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
BRIAN: Currently I think there is a lot of great talent out there, and if I am to speak of the Tampa Bay music scene, it is really almost a brotherhood of metal musicians. Years ago, it was very cutthroat but now everyone helps each other out, and the music that is coming out from bands in the area is phenomenal. I see a lot of bands, not just locally, who are really starting to branch out and try some new things and bring back some classic sounds as well. There is so much stuff out there now that everyone can find something they can get into. I would like to see metal a little more in the forefront of music, but I may be a little biased.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
BRIAN: I think that I have an unnatural love for Perrier, Raynus is actually a sasquatch, and Jonzey loves her some camping. Robbie has more facts about everything than anyone else. I’m not sure if its all accurate but he knows about it, Pinky runs a supply program for the homeless called R.A.K. of Southwest Florida, and Indy cannot take a bad picture. Almost all of that is true.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
BRIAN: Absolutely, check out our new album-BUTTERCUP!! and feel free to visit our website, http://www.thedoodband.com and let us know what you think.
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
BRIAN: Thank you very much.