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MY DAY WITH SPENT WITH JARED AND THE JOKER
August 4, 2016 11:22 am

Hours before I was set to meet Jared Leto, staring in the highly anticipated Suicide Squad, at an Italian restaurant in the West Village I was awoken out of a dead sleep by a neon-masked jester giggling as he poured ice cold water all over me. I demanded to know what he was doing here, to which he responded, “The Joker will see you now,” in a high pitched cadence. 

The jester then proceeded to take a trumpet out of his satchel with the word “Chaos” bedazzled on it. He masterfully played the tune of Reveille with the brass when suddenly, Jared Leto himself popped on my mattress, cackling sisterly. He was dressed head to toe in his much buzzed about Joker getup, a move that hinted he was still very much in character. Ever respectful of an artist’s craft, I gladly played along. “Oh no, it’s the Joker,” I yelled. “What did I do to ever deserve a visit from anarchy’s son himself?!”

Although the Academy Award winner was deeply immersed in character, I couldn’t help but notice him give a slight wink of appreciation for going along with him on this thespian journey. Which is why, out of respect, I played the helpless and hysterical victim for Leto and his unnamed assistant in mayhem while they attached alligator clamps to my nipples. I still can not decide what was more electric that morning: Leto’s performance or the car battery he used to shock me.

Following a few more downright twisted acts of torture, the My So Called Life star blindfolded me, stuffed me in a burlap sack and tossed me into the back of his car. He drove and drove. Each erratic swerve gave birth to a new bruise. Sweat accumulated onto my shirt so immensely that it began to push down on my chest every time I would try to breathe. The only thing that kept me sane was shouting the questions I had initially planned for our interview. Leto pulled over at one point, only to throw a stink bomb in there with me when I asked him what working with Viola Davis was like. After that, I passed out from the astounding commitment he had to such a sinister character.

joker-suicide-quad-rick-ross-skrillex-purple-lamborghiniWhen I came to, I found myself strapped to a chair in the restaurant I had previously made reservations for. I couldn’t help but smirk at the 30 Seconds To Mars front-man’s demented attention to detail for this sly caper he’s orchestrated. Upon noticing I was up, he bellowed “good morning, Sunshine” loud enough to cause the entire restaurant to look over to our table. The jester was summoned by Leto and asked for him to fetch my ‘present’. After rummaging around his chaos satchel for a little while, he took out a plastic butt with wide circular hole in between cheeks and a clock attached to it counting down from 6 minutes. Leto thanked him by petting him under his chin like a dog, to which the jester stamped his leg up and down repeatedly.

The waiter came to take our order. I asked for a Caesar salad with ranch dressing on the side. Leto asked for a hot bowl of madness. Seamlessly, the jester then took the waiter’s pepper grinder and immediately began playing to its phallic nature. The comedic brilliance was upped when Leto dropped to his knees and confessed how been longing to taste some flavorful wood.  The chemistry between the two was palpable for everyone.  As we were being escorted out of the restaurant by the manager, the countdown butt I was ordered to hold hit zero. Confetti sprang out of the butt’s hole, landing on someone’s pasta primavera.

Back in the trunk, I gnawed out of the newly wrapped tape around my mouth to thank Jared for such a breathtaking dinner. To have front row seats to his performance-art tour de force inspired me in ways I never thought imaginable. His brilliance will not be forgotten. The jester took a power saw to the backseat in order to create a hole to the trunk. He jutted his head into the hole and spat on me.

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Once I felt myself being tossed from the trunk to my front lawn, I knew the interview was over. But before he tailed off into the sunset, Leto whispered into my ear about his gratitude for being granted the opportunity to let someone in on his process. It was easy to see that this role would be nothing without late Heath Ledger’s work in the iconic Dark Knight and how working with Viola Davis and the entire Suicide Squad was a dream come true. “We’re all lucky enough to have the greatest jobs in the world and we worked tirelessly to make sure what we were marking would be loved by all who saw it. It was a collaborative effort all the way through.”

Before I got the opportunity to thank him, Jared Leto was back in his Jokermobile. His jester, having just cherry bombed my mailbox, ran in through the window of the moving vehicle to make the getaway appear as wildly slapdash as possible. Leto’s feral laughter was heard as he and his jester tossed molotov cocktails at all of my neighbors’ houses. Despite the claims of arson, the only fire I saw that day came from Leto’s unflinching dedication to authenticity.

Suicide Squad hits theaters this Friday, August 5th. Find out more about the chaotic group hereget tickets here and check out more Jared Leto here.

Young Liars Bringing The Wave
July 16, 2015 11:00 am

We probably listen to a lot of indie bands without realizing that some of them have never stepped foot on U.S. soil. Indie rock band Young Liars, hailing from Vancouver have been around since 2008 and recently finished touring after releasing their latest album Tidal Wave last summer. It all started out when Andrew and Tyler formed a band in high school, leading to the rest of the band joining through mutual friends which got their current lineup. They’ve been pursuing music since such a young age that they were considering going to college for music. “I(Andrew) don’t know how realistic that is. You kind of look at it and you realize that most of the people who go into arts colleges don’t come out with much [laughs]. I was looking at the jazz program at the University of Capilano here which was very popular and I was also looking at North Texas. I think we always wanted to play music.”

Young Liars sound like a very current and hip name that would attract it’s very namesake- rebellious youths that make up the very fabric of our Brooklyn underground music scene that we love so damn much. Surprisingly, it came from a magical realism punk rock comic book that Andrew read where “one of them starts doing a lot of drugs and starts seeing things.” At the time there weren’t many “young” bands emerging, giving them the push to stick with the name. But now there’s a lot more out there, and “it’s a little bit of a regret. Even if we wanted to change it, there’s already Liars out there so we can’t just drop the Young part of our name.” Andrew also went on about how they aren’t much ‘self promoters’ and kind of got ‘tired’ being in their own videos, so the “Young Again” video featured old men dancing around town instead of the band members. “We were joking that we missed the boat of not showing our faces whatsoever from the gekko like Daft Punk. You can’t really pull it off when everybody knows what you look like, so having a video where we didn’t have to be really present was cool.”

If there’s one song you should listen to off their new album, it would probably be “Tidal Wave”. It’s one of the more upbeat tracks on the album that you’d want to hear out on the beach at night while sitting by a bonfire. “It wasn’t what we were usually writing at the time and every other song tended to be a lot louder, higher energy pop. It came out really groovy and we did some cool stuff; we used a DJ ducking style on Jordan’s vocals in the chorus and it was probably 30 beats per minutes slower than anything else we’ve written. It was one of the last songs to be fully finished in the studio.”

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For a band that uses a lot of electronics and synthpop sounds, they do an exceptional job at trying to play everythng live without any previous recordings. No audience wants to see the same old show every time! “We’re an electronic band but almost 99% is what you hear on stage is actually happening at the time. We don’t run any samples or anything like that. We loop a lot so somebody would be playing live and we would loop it. We found that you fall into a real trap if you’re an electronic band and you can do everything really easily, where that stops being a show for people and that was something we wanted to avoid.”

 

The only time they’ve played the U.S. was in LA a few years back, and they haven’t been able to come back since then. Apparently, our great America isn’t the most neighborly country. Who would’ve thought? “Yeah- the visa process is really long and extensive. It actually didn’t go well the first time because our drummer couldn’t get in! If we were to go to Europe it would be much easier actually. We were held up until a week before our show and I contacted the local congressmen of the district that we were playing in because it was for a festival, and BEGGED them to push us through…Which he did, but when we got to the border they wouldn’t let the drummer in. We didn’t totally figure it out, but the cops hadn’t properly closed the file when he was pulled over once and basically saw it as an open police file. All he needed was a document they had given him that he had at home. So we actually got a drummer friend to cover who learned all the music the day of the show. It was one of our biggest shows too since we were opening for CSS and it was a little bit of a nightmare at the time. The funniest part was, he went on a vacation to the states the next week and all he needed was that piece of paper!”

Now that they’ve finished their Tidal Wave album tour, they’re all in summer vacation mode trying to soak up the sun and have some drinks on the beach. Let’s keep our fingers crossed to them making it to the U.S. sometime soon, bringing a slice of that Canadian indie rock scene to our venues!

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