THURSDAY INTERVIEW | The Number Seven: Anarchic music, disciplined thought


Tomorrow, a massive metal wave is plowing through THE GARAGE. One of the supporters, a loud, provocative, and talented act called The Number Seven agreed to an interview with THE GARAGE.

A product of American pop-culture, The Number Seven is created to put the fear back into “Rock n’ Roll”, and is doing so through shocking lyrical content, theatrical live performances, and persona of each member.

In the interview they answered questions with the kind of thoroughness required when crafting their bombastic music. While their music—like any band—isn’t for everyone, their display of thoughtfulness and dedication is admirable. We at THE GARAGE are excited to have them on a powerhouse bill tomorrow night.

Keep tabs of The Number Seven on Facebook and Twitter with the handle: @TNS_Seven. Or check them out at other upcoming shows: June 5th Station 4 (St.Paul), June 15th Pickle Park (Fridley), June 21st, 29th The Garage (Burnsville).

Ladies and gentlemen, we present with great excitement, The Number Seven.


THE GARAGE: Name, instrument?

JeffreySeven: Vocals/Keyboard

X: Guitars

AJ: Drums

-: Bass


THE GARAGE: On your website I see descriptions of your band’s sound—rock and roll, horror punk, shock rock—and in the two tracks you have up I hear similarities to bands like System of a Down, Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, Murderdolls, T.S.O.L. and others. How would you describe your brand of music and who are the artists that influence The Number Seven?

JeffreySeven: I would describe our music as aggressive, yet refined. We like to fire on all cylinders with the instruments, and vocal style. Some of our songs are more fast paced metal influenced with harsh vocals, and some of our songs are more of the ballad type with singing, whispering, and use falsetto. We’re a band that doesn’t like to play by the unwritten rule of “You have to only play  one style of music and that’s it.” As for the artists, I’m influenced by anyone who’s not afraid to break the rules. The artists who inspire me personally the most would consist of Slipknot, Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Dimmu Borgir, Carnifex, and Led Zeppelin.

X: Something you haven’t seen before. I feel the artists that stand out in our music would be Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, a hint of My Chemical Romance. I’m honored to be in the same category as Murderdolls.

AJ: I’d have to describe our music as something heavy and new to rock n’ roll. Not all of our songs are fast past and thrash influenced We have a few songs that are slow, and contain piano and acoustics, but are really deep and touching with the lyrical content. Some of our influences would definitely have be Slipknot, Green Day and Marilyn Manson.


THE GARAGE: Those two sample songs also seem quite political—to what extent do politics or certain issues shape The Number Seven?

JeffreySeven: I believe politics, religion, and all the other issues we’re force fed can shape everyone in the world in a very big way. The same thing can be applied to The Number Seven. In a world that’s so based on either being Republican, or Democrat, Christian, or free thinker, there is always going to be an anarchist. I believe that’s what The Number Seven is.

X: I believe what J7 said. I believe The Number Seven is the kid in the back of the classroom that says what everyone is thinking, but lacks the confidence to say it. In a world where everybody points fingers at the other side of the issue, I feel that The Number Seven is the voice that tells people “Before you point fingers, take a look at yourself in the mirror.”

AJ: I personally haven’t been huge into politics at all, but I think they can really control people, and make their minds for other things in the world. Things like religion, gay rights, terrorism, etc. I agree with what J7 said, I think The Number Seven is the anarchist of this.


THE GARAGE: What should the audience expect from your performance this weekend at THE GARAGE? And is there a particular song you’re most excited to play? Why?

JeffreySeven: The audience should expect the unexpected out of us. I don’t think there’s really been an act like us around the scene in the past 5-10 years. So I believe that the audience should expect a high energy, obscene, breath of fresh air from us. If there was a song I’m most excited to play, it’d have to be “The Gun Show”. It’s a very heavy song, but yet it’s such a hybrid of the old age rock n’ roll, and the new age. All of our songs are my children, I love them the same way as “The Gun Show”, but if I had to choose one, I’d choose that song.

X: The audience really shouldn’t expect anything out of The Number Seven. Hopefully they’ll walk through the doors wondering what they’ll see out of us. They should expect high energy, and organized chaos if I could say anything. If I had to pick a song, it’d be “White Trash”. I enjoy that it’s louder than other songs we have. Not in reference to our instruments being turned up, or the vocals being screamed louder, but it hits home with me personally.

AJ: I think the audience should expect whatever comes to their mind, but I know for a fact they will be surprised. Personally, I’m really excited to play “Undead Star”, because it is the last song we play and it has a little taste of everything. It has a classic rock n’ roll sound, but before you know it, it goes right in to a breakdown to mix things up a bit and it is just overall fun to play.


THE GARAGE: What makes a song good? What song do you consider perfect or which one comes closest?

JeffreySeven: To me, what makes a song “good” is how much heart is behind it. If you truly believe what you’re saying in your lyrics, the rest of the song doesn’t matter. There’s so many Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Justin Bieber typed people in the world who feel the only way to make music is by talking about how big of a party you’re throwing on the weekend, and how much you love your car. I personally want to know how much pain, and honesty went into the song, not how much “swag” you possess.  To me, the song that I consider perfect, would have to be Marilyn Manson’s “In The Shadow of the Valley of Death”, because it’s just acoustic, and drums, and that album was kind of the “response to the Columbine accusations” more or less. So that song to me is as honest, and genuine as you can find. 

X: “Good” shouldn’t be talking about how many women you sleep with, your favorite drink, favorite drugs etc. I don’t want to hear about how fast your car is, I want to hear your life story in 4 minutes. If I have to pick a perfect song, it’d be Slipknot’s “Vermillion” I and II. I feel the mixture of singing, screaming, and the instruments really portray what Corey Taylor, and the rest of the band is feeling. That is what music should be about.

AJ: What makes a song good is something that comes close to heart and mind. Also, a song that is different from any other artist and song. I personally love Attack Attack!’s “The Wretched”. It represents a call to arms against the frustrations facing a lot of people in today’s society. At the beginning it’s so soft and relaxing, and then just breaks into something heavy.


THE GARAGE: What do your practices look like?

JeffreySeven: Our rehearsals look a lot like our shows. This band, and the music we make, can literally be therapy to me at times. There’s never a dull moment at The Number Seven rehearsal. Whether it’s playing the actual songs, dealing with freezing to death in the winter months, sweating fifty pounds in the summer months, or just having group discussions about where to take the band next.

X: Our rehearsals are a bit of a bonding experience, almost more than shows. It’s a time to take what pisses us off, and leave it at the door. Or sometimes use it to fuel the next song we make. Especially suffering through tough times, mentally and physically.

AJ: Honestly, I don’t think there has been a rehearsal where we haven’t been productive. All the rehearsals we have are great, and we’re always having fun.  We are not really a band to slack off at all, but we still like to mess around and have fun, but at the same time get something accomplished when we are not rehearsing like we do at our shows.


THE GARAGE: Excluding THE GARAGE, what’s your favorite venue? Why?

JeffreySeven: I’d have to say playing Station 4 is my personal favorite. It has all the nice equipment so you can actually hear yourself, a privilege I think is far too often taken advantage of, and a lot of the bands I grew up listening to have played on that stage, so it’s a surreal feeling I get when I step on the same ground the bands that influenced myself have once stepped on.

X: I’d have to say Station 4, because it’s a very surreal feeling being on a “real” stage. The fact that you can hear yourself, and more often than not kids react to your music there; it’s a good feeling playing at that venue. It almost has a sense of irony, here we are playing our music, and right across the street is the Union Depot, where the “All-American” goes to work every day.

AJ: I would have to agree with Jeff. I’ve always had love for Station 4. Since I was a kid, one of my dreams was to play on that stage because a lot of my favorite bands have played there multiple times, and the sound there is great.


THE GARAGE: This is a different direction, but is there a piece of technology that’s indispensable to you (aside from the obvious, like mics, amps, etc.)? 

JeffreySeven: I’d have to say clothing. We’ve come a long way since we picked fig leaves off of trees, and tied them over our genital areas.  We’ve progressed exceedingly well since the loin cloth.  Thanks to the technological advancement of shoes, no longer will man suffer from walking on rocks, or thorns. it’s become an incredibly important part of keeping in touch with band members, family, girlfriend, and friends.

X: My bed. We’ve come a long way since the Aboriginees propped themselves up on 4 sticks, and a vine to keep them away from rattlesnakes. The fact that I have a nice polyester cotton mattress, and Egyptian cotton sheets, blanket and pillow, give me a relatively safe place from insomnia. If it weren’t that I also wouldn’t be able to keep in touch with band members, family, girlfriend, and friends. I wouldn’t even be able to apprehend the concept of the guitar.

AJ: I would have to say my iPod. I can’t live without my music. It also helps me keep in touch with family, friends and keeps me updated on what’s going on in the world.


THE GARAGE: Besides you, what local artist deserves more attention?

JeffreySeven: I’d have to say I’d like to see bands like Valor Tracks, Infinite Signal, A Boy And His Dog, City of the Weak, bands that are genuinely doing something different in the Minnesota music scene.

X: I’d have to say the same as J7. I honestly could throw those bands on my laptop, and listen to them. It’s really refreshing listening to bands that aren’t comprised of breakdowns. 

AJ: My favorite local band is Valor Tracks. They are really good and I think they deserve a lot of attention. Other artist that I think also deserve the attention would have to be A Boy And His Dog, Infinite Signal, and City Of The Weak.


THE GARAGE: What are you listening to right now? 

JeffreySeven: Currently, I’m listening to more soundtracks than anything. 28 Days Later, L.A. Noire, Pirates of the Caribbean, Resident Evil. Sometimes I cheat, and listen to Fleetwood Mac. 

X: I am on a Slash featuring Miles Kennedy kick. Also, a Legend of Zelda, and Pokemon kind of deal.

AJ: I’ve been listening to a few soundtracks along with J7, but other than that I’ve been listening to Fleetwood Mac, Green Day, We Came As Romans, and Chunk! No, Captain Chunk.


THE GARAGE: Do you have any advice for a fan who wants to start a band? 

JeffreySeven: If I could give any piece of advice to a fan who’s considering starting a band it’d be this; break rules, have fun, and make sure whatever it is you create, you created with as much passion as you could, with your closest friends. Because that’s what it’s always been about to me. It’s not about playing with a big national band, it’s not about playing with bands that only fit your genre. It’s about having the best time of your life with the best people life will throw at you.

X: If I were to tell anyone advice who wants to get into music it’d be; Don’t write about your car, girls, or whatever else is popular. Write about what matters to you, even if it’s how much you like macaroni and cheese for all I care. As long as it’s true to you, don’t be concerned with what people think of you. Just have fun, and don’t lose sight of why you started said band.

AJ: My advice would be to be creative, don’t follow other people’s dreams. Make the best out of all of your songs, and be over the top. Think outside of the box. Do things that people haven’t done, but have fun with it.

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