Oct 17, 2006

Norma Jean - Interview

By Bob Suehs

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RADIO REBELLION TOUR

10/17/06

Towson, MD

Recher Theatre

Norma Jean lead singer Corey Putnam spoke to us prior to the Norma Jean set.

Rock N Roll Experience: How was it playing Ozzfest this year?

Corey: Ozzfest was amazing...what the tour is about is playing for a ton of kids who wouldn't normally see you because your here on tour with these other bands who have their own fans & you all play for each others fans..that's the relationship on the tour with other bands & that was probably the best tour ever for that...we probably played for 5 or 6 thousand kids every show & that was amazing

Rock N Roll Experience: What is that stuff/dirt you put on your face when you play live?

Corey: It's just dirt...like black, like ashy kinda stuff..just dirt

Rock N Roll Experience: Do you get it from outside?

Corey: No, we bought it...there's a name for it, it's pretty much just dirt, I guess people buy it to recreate burns & stuff like that, but we just wanted to get really dirty.

Rock N Roll Experience: Are you still doing the dirt thing in your live show?

Corey: yeah

Rock N Roll Experience: Does the dirt signify anything?

Corey: It's just mostly fun...more fun for us...I mean the thing is, like our set up is probably 1/2 of it too, like in bigger rooms we usually have the whole production & it's just a thing to us, we feel like if people are gonna come & watch us play & pay money to see us play then we wanna make it fun & we want them to walk away & feel like they got their moneys worth & alot of people, bands, they won't do that & I don't know why they wouldn't, but to us, like entertainment is part of what we do...it's beyond us being musicians & artists, we want people to have fun at our shows.

Rock N Roll Experience: Then are you a big KISS & David Bowie fan?

Corey: Actually, no. I like David Bowie's stuff, but I've never been a KISS fan ever..just never got into it. I'm sure the show is amazing.

Rock N Roll Experience: Have you ever seen Marilyn Manson in concert?

Corey: No, I would love to though..again, like, just cool shows..fun things to go & see & experience is fun...I bet KISS would blow my mind...the pyro & everything, but song wise I never really got into KISS.

Rock N Roll Experience: Who are some of your favorite bands?

Corey: We all collectively love the band Helmet & then beyond that, there is a bunch of other bands we all like together, but for me, I really love the Smashing Pumpkins, Fugazi are one of my favorite bands of all time, The Toadies..they are one of my favorite bands ever & it sucks that they broke up.

Rock N Roll Experience: But the singer has a new band now

Corey: Yeah, Burdon Brothers...it's cool, but it's not the Toadies ha ha..there was something about that band, I don't know...they were just different & when that record came out it just blew my mind...I just wanted to rip every song off ha ha.

Rock N Roll Experience: You guys should have played the Warped Tour this Summer with Helmet..that was a great tour

Corey: Actually, some of the dudes got to go & hang out on that tour & saw Helmet & they said it was one of the heaviest things ever.

Rock N Roll Experience: When this tour is done, what's next?

Corey: We actually don't know..things keep popping up actually, so I can't say for sure because we don't know, but I know as of right now, we are scheduled to go overseas in January & we'll take a break in between this tour & that tour & then it'll be the UK & Europe & we may go to Australia..after that it's wide open pretty much

Rock N Roll Experience: Norma Jean has had alot of members come & go..do you still keep in touch with the past members?

Corey: Yeah, yeah..uhm, now of course, they left before I was in the band, but I've been friends with all these dudes for years before I was in the band & I'm also friends with Josh & Dolittle, the 2 members that quite...Josh is in the Chariot now.

Rock N Roll Experience: The Chariot is a strange band

Corey: Yeah..it's noisy! I like that though..I like noisy bands, so I'm into the Chariot

Rock N Roll Experience: The thing I remember about the Chariot, when I saw them live, was that their singer always keeps his back to the crowd...is that nerves?

Corey: I don't know..the last time I saw the Chariot, we actually played a festival this Summer & dude was all over the place ha ha...he went nuts & he's a great vocalist, but yeah, we're definitely friends with those dudes.

Rock N Roll Experience: Did the band name Norma Jean come from Marilyn Monroe?

Corey: Yeah...it comes from that because the dudes are fans & I am too, but I think for me. the name has more significance in it's meaning, which is another thing that the guys really wanted..they wanted the name to have meaning, you know how things have to sound cool for bands, but they wanted it to have meaning too, to have a back story, & the name means patterns of grace & mercy, which is just really an awesome meaning..2 of the coolest things ever, so yeah, I think for me, the meaning of the name has more significance for sure.

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