MUSIC INTERVIEW: Life On The Road With…Car Bomb

Having released their third album Meta in September 2016, Long Island tech-metallers Car Bomb recently toured the UK with the mighty Gojira. We caught up with bassist Jon Modell to hear his tips and stories from the road, from his most embarrassing moment to the most rewarding.

Favourite thing about touring:

That moment right before we take the stage. That rush of adrenaline and nervousness. Should I take a piss? A shit? Ehhhhh…no time for that!!!

Least favourite thing about touring:

Lack of creature comforts of our normal day to day life (bed, laundry, food, showers, etc.)

Five essentials for the road:

Clean Socks/Underwear
Water (both full bottles for consumption and empty ones if you need to piss in a pinch)
Earplugs (mostly for everyone else…I’m a snorer!!)
** Bonus One ** PATIENCE!!!

Your favourite way to pass the time:

Sightseeing when in Europe.

“The Most”

Memorable moment:

Finding out that we were going to be direct support for Meshuggah on their 25-year anniversary tour. It was our first time in Europe. Such an honour!! Does it get any better?

Hilarious moment:

I, on a few occasions, have fallen down while performing. I don’t know if it’s that rush of adrenaline or the beginning of a neurological disease, but it’s pretty funny seeing me go down…and down hard!!! BOOM!!!

Embarrassing moment:

Same as above!

Outrageous moment:

During this past Gojira tour, Head and Ray from Korn came to watch our set in Germany. They were playing elsewhere the same night and popped out of their gig to see ours. We had no idea that they were even fans and were completely honoured and humbled by it. Fucking Korn!!!!

Drunken moment:

Mike passed out in the Sprinter late one night on the The Dillinger Escape Plan tour. He had had a couple of drinks. We were doing like 70mph down some highway and Mike thought we were stopped. He stood up in the van and opened the sliding door as to walk out to take a piss. We were all like ‘WHOOOOAHHHHHH MIKEY!!!!!’ Our guitar tech, Nick, grabbed and pulled him down. He then realized that we were moving and was sobered by the moment.

Rewarding moment: 

Also during this past Gojira tour, we had an off date and played our first European headline show in Derby UK. It was a Monday night and none of us were sure how the night was going to go down. Would anyone show up? Would there be 5 people there? To our delight, about 200 kids came out and were singing and dancing to our tunes for the hour or so that we played. Apparently, we can hold down a headlining spot…on a Monday night…3,500 miles from home! Thanks Derby!!

A 20-something year old journalist and freelance PR often found at a gig, a festival or holding a dictophone to a band and asking them all kinds of questions. I'm a sucker for whiskey and vinyl.