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|It's more than fun and games with Virginia Coalition
Carrboro, North Carolina
By JOSEPH STARNES
STATIC and FEEDBACK correspondent
It is those moments between songs that can reveal a great deal about a band. The joker, the straight man, and
the protestor make their debuts between songs and during the set break. In the case of the Virginia Coalition,
however, the breaks revealed all jokers and not much seriousness between the four. But joking around has its
place, and Andy, Paul, Jarrett and J.P. always get back to what clearly drives them: the music.
It may seem cliché, but the guys really seemed to be there for the sake performing (though apparently the virgin
blood and tofu are nice, too). Hiding intensity and enjoyment are rare skills, and the boys of Virginia Coalition
certainly do not have poker faces. All four are clearly into their music and love every moment of it. Andy takes the
center and smiles like a school boy while belting out the lyrics of “Voyager II.” J.P. keeps the beat in the back with
an intensity rarely seen. Jarrett brings the pain on the bass or guitar, whatever is needed that moment. And Paul,
well he just hammers the hell out of the keyboard to provide the precise level of funk.
I got to hang out with Virginia Coalition, fanatics simply call them VaCo, before their show at Cat’s Cradle
(zounds for friends in high places). The guys trickled in and were a jovial bunch. It was my first interview for our
fine online publication and they were pretty cool about it. It was mostly a bunch of joking around and they were
clearly trying to relax before eventually going on. But under the jokes, there were four guys who clearly knew their
I asked them the general generic music interview questions, such as “What’s your favorite part about being on
tour?” The response: “An intimate knowledge of the band’s bodily functions.” A nice answer, but hardly the look
into their souls I was going for. But after awhile, VaCo began to open up, and I got to catch a glimpse of the
musical intensity that would come out in their show later.
|QUESTION OF THE NIGHT
JS: You’re in a dark alley and cornered by a
resurrected N’sync & Backstreet Boys who
want to kick your ass. Given you’re only four
guys, what other band/musician would you
want there to help you kick ass and run away?
VC: G-Unit, The Fat Boys with Biz Markie, Jay-
Z & Crew, and Ted Nugent with Huey Lewis
and the News.