Ten years after splittling, Twothirtyeight will reunite to play DeLuna Fest. / Special to GoPensacola.com
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ďIím really excited about the Twothirtyeight Sunday show. Those guys in a lot of ways shaped the sound of Pensacola. (They) just influenced us locally on a good independent level. Iím definitely excited to see what those guys are going to put out as far as a set.Ē Ė Gio Lugo of Paloma
In 2003, one of the most acclaimed Pensacola rock groups of the past twenty years called it quits. Closing the doors on a band that began in the mid-í90s, Twothirtyeight ended a history that included collaborations with Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional) as well as the group's inclusion on the Tooth & Nail Records roster.
On April 17, Founding member Chris Staples posted this announcement on his Facebook page: ďTwothirtyeight (my old band) broke up 10 years ago. We are reuniting in September to play DeLuna Fest in Pensacola. Come hang on the beach for a few days!Ē
As Twothirtyeight prepares to play again, Staples talked about the reunion, DeLuna Fest and why this could be your last chance to see the power that is Twothirtyeight.
Q: Before last year's DeLuna Fest, I asked the members of Paloma to name their all-time favorite Pensacola band and pretty much all of them said Twothirtyeight. How did the reunion come about?
A: Tim (Very), who is playing drums for the Twothirtyeight reunion -- heís a good friend of mine, I do solo music and stuff and Tim plays with me -- he tried talking to Clint Aull, heís one of the bookers for DeLuna Fest, and Tim sort of had the idea we should do a reunion. It was so hard to get a reunion because a couple of the guys -- one of the guys lives in Seattle and one lives in St. Louis -- so it takes money and none of us could really have afforded to take off work and do it, but basically DeLuna Fest is making it possible for this to actually happen. It was only a couple months ago that we started talking about it and we called Clint and came together really fast.
Q: With your solo work and Discover America, youíre very busy. Is there any pressure to live up to those high expectations from your past with Twothirtyeight?
A: I donít feel like Iím getting a lot of pressure from people, but Iím putting a lot of pressure on myself. Itís a whole lot of material to learn. (Itís music) that I havenít played in more than 10 years, and a lot of it is kind of complex guitar stuff and we donít have a lot of time to pull it together. Iím working really hard to try to get really tight with it. So, yeah, there is a little bit of like, ďWe want to pull it off and it be good.Ē There is some degree of pressure involved.
Q: What can the DeLuna Fest crowd look forward to when Twothirtyeight hits that stage?
A: One thing we wanted to do was play songs from all throughout the bandís history, because we were a band for 7 years and we put out a lot of stuff. We wanted to play music from the early days all the way up to the very last record we put out. A variety of stuff.
Q: Is there a chance that you could record another album with Twothirtyeight or tour after DeLuna Fest?
A: Weíve definitely talked about how fun it would be to get back together and make a record. It would be really fun. That actually sounds really exciting to me. But the reality of it is, weíre all grown up and then Kevin (Woerner) our guitar player has a family and he lives in Seattle and he has a career and Ben May lives in St. Louis and has a family. It really is hard to make that kind of time you need to do that. So I would say, probably, most likely, no, weíre never going to record or write again. Weíre playing Atlanta and DeLuna Fest and those are our last, those two reunion shows are our only shows and that will be it.
Q: What bands are youíre excited about seeing at DeLuna Fest?
A: I really wanted to see Pearl Jam. I was a big fan when I was a kid and stuff, but Iím actually going to miss them. Iíll be busy. I wonít be able to see them. I was kind of bummed about that. And Foo Fighters, Iím kind of excited about seeing them obviously. But mostly, Dwight Yoakam. Iím really excited to see him. Itís going to be a good show. Itís going to be cool. Iíve never been to a music festival on the beach before. I think itís a cool setting for a live festival setting. I love the beach.
Q: What would the Chris Staples of today tell a young Chris who was just starting out?
A: I would say ... I was really super eager and driven to the point of burning, of just burning myself out. I would probably say to just like, ďTake it easy, take it as it comes. Chill out. Slow and steady wins the race.Ē I was really, really eager. I just basically burned myself out and Iím not really like that anymore. Iím way more persistent, but in a calm way.
Q: In return, what would the young Chris say to Chris now?
A: Probably get off your ass more (laughs).
'I'm really excited about the Twothirtyeight Sunday show. Those guys in a lot of ways shaped the sound of Pensacola. (They) just influenced us locally on a good independent level.
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