Interview by Natalie K.
July 22, 2008
Estrella: Can you please state your name and what you do in the band?
Marshall: This is Marshall Fanciullo, and I play bass in Ludo.
Estrella: What was the recording process like for “You’re Awful, I Love You”?
Marshall: It was really great, we worked with Matt Wallace. We did the record in Vienna Heights, California. We had two weeks of pre-production which was different from the other two records we made. I think once we spread tracking it took about seven weeks. Matt Wallace is a great producer; he did such a good job with allowing us to really define our sound. He just guided us in the direction we wanted to go.
Estrella: Did you already have all of the songs written before?
Marshall: Most of them we have written throughout the previous year, like “Love Me Dead”, the first release from that record was written shortly after the first record, Self-Titled was made. We actually wrote “Mutiny Below” while we were in California doing the record, during pre-production.
Estrella: Do any tracks stand out over others?
Marshall: What we tried to do was put a spectrum of work on there. We tried to write and choose songs that filled a certain spot or had certain personalities to them. They are individuals on their own, but I don’t think the record sounds schizophrenic, I think there is a common thread among all of the songs. I like to believe the record has an overall personality as well as each song.
Estrella: I can definitely hear that when I am listening to it.
Estrella: I saw you guys were just on Leno, what was that like?
Marshall: It was awesome, it was really cool. Growing up watching late night TV like The Tonight Show and Letterman, it was pretty surreal. You walk onto that set and it is like, “Oh my god, I have seen this a thousand times, and holy shit there is Jay Leno.” He was a nice guy, he made an effort to come by and talk to us and shake our hands and was really nice and genuine. It goes by quick, we showed up at 10am, check out the equipment and do a little bit of a sound check, break for lunch, come back and do it on camera for rehersal. Then we hung out for a bit, and next thing you know show starts and then we played our bit, and said goodbye. You get a handshake and wave to America.
Estrella: Were there any nerves before the show, or was it like any other show you would do?
Marshall: It was definetly different than anything we did. I am sure there was some nerves, some anxiety but we were comfortable. I can only speak for myself, I am sure everyone has different reaction to the situation. It was all comfortable once it was going on. If anything it was getting over the hump of, holy shit it is The Tonight Show.
Estrella: What are you most looking forward to about Warped Tour?
Marshall: Getting to meet new people. The opportunity to either perform a show in front of people who have never heard of us before, and turning them on, or people who have maybe heard our name through friends, or gotten an impressions of us from other people. Hopefully we will cultivate as many new fans as we can, and put on a good show for the ones that already know about us.
Estrella: Are there any bands that you are looking forward to touring with on there?
Marshall: There are so many bands on there that is hard to single a few out. When I think of Warped Tour, in general, it is this huge tour, the Warped Tour itself shadows the multitude of bands that are on that thing. I am looking forward to being a part of it, and once my band settles in, I will probably start wondering around the parking lot to see what else is going on.
Estrella: What is one of your favorite lines in one of your songs?
Marshall: Interesting, you are putting me on the spot Natalie, I like them all. I think one of my favorite songs on the album is, “Mutiny Below”. I just like the idea of that concept of that song in general. The whole idea of you are in a relationship, and you are trying to stay away from this girl but with sexual desires you keep falling back into bed with this person. It is hard because you connect your own music in such a different way than listening to other people’s music.
Estrella: Is there any song you never get sick of hearing?
Marshall: There is a song called, “Golden Touch” by Razorlight that I have not burned out yet. I listen to it regularly and am always like, “Shit yeah, this is a good song.”
Estrella: What is your favorite gift you have gotten from a fan?
Marshall: I don’t get gifts (laughs). No, but this one girl in Tuscan made us a huge gift basket with all of this different stuff, each of us. It had a pair of socks in it, a little thing of candy, some toys, huge cookies, and it was very nice. Anytime someone thinks enough about you to bring you something is pretty cool. It is just nice when people come up and want to give you something that they made, or someone comes up and says, “Oh, I drew your faces.” And they give you this picture and you think, oh man he is not going to be an artist, but thank you so much. It is the sweetest thing ever though.
Estrella: What is something you have always wanted to do but not done yet?
Marshall: I would like to take a road trip across Ireland.
Estrella: I have not heard that one yet, that would be pretty sweet though.
Marshall: I think it might be a cool way to see the country. I like to drink beer and through darts, probably could find places to do that over there.
Estrella: If you could see any band or artist perform any song live what would it be and why?
Marshall: I think I would like to see The Beatles play in concert.
Estrella: Any particular song in general?
Marshall: They are all so good, and you are asking me all of these questions to pick favorites and I am not a favorite kind of guy.
Estrella: Okay, then you do not have to tell me a favorite song, but why The Beatles?
Marshall: Just because they created the blueprint for what bands do today. Everything from the music side of it, to the business side of it; the whole model was really refined and defined by The Beatles. What they did was so special and I imagine it was a really interesting time when all of that stuff was going on for the first time. I could just as easily say it would be cool to see The Doors. That stuff appeals to me more just because you are never going to get that ever again.