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Hanging at the TLA with Flickerstick

   In the past year, Flickerstick have seen their major label debut come out on Epic, played an opening stint for the Cranberries, made a video for "Smile," left their label, released a live CD, and came back for a sold out show at the TLA in Philadelphia. I guess you could say they pretty much have done it all this year. Before their latest show in Philly, I had the chance to sit down and talk with Rex Ewing, Corey Kreig, Fletcher Lea, & Dominic Weir. Listen as we talk about the reasons for the split with Epic, bootlegs, crazy fans, Vanilla Ice & MC Hammer, and their future.

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1. How has the tour been going so far? Are you guys just itching to be back in the studio?
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2. You released Welcoming Home the Astronauts on Epic, but are no longer on the label. What happened?
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3. You have your own label, 226 records, are you the only artists on the label?
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4. Did the events of September 11th have anything to do with your stopping playing "Right Way to Fly?"
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5. You just gained control of your website again. How tough was it not having a way to communicate with your fans and how much interaction do you have with your street team?
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6. What bands are you currently listening to?
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7. What are your thoughts on file swapping technologies and bootlegs?
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8. Is your setlist pretty static?
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9. Why do a live disc now?
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10. Tell me about one of your new songs "Believe?"
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11. Is there a set writing process? Have you found yourself going back and reworking older, unreleased songs?
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12. Are you tired of playing the songs off Astronauts?
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13. Was the live disc a way to give your fans something until your next studio disc? Did you change anything after recording the disc
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14. I love the "Direct Line to the Telepathic" reprise. Was that a way to cap off the Astronauts record and will there be only one version of this record compared to the two versions of Astronauts?
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15. Are any labels looking into signing you now?
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16. Do you think you rushed into picking a label last time around?
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17. How important is the street team to the band?
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18. Have you kept in contact with any of the bands you have toured with like Greenwheel or rubyhorse?
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19. What are your memories from your last show at the TLA? Do you regret flipping a coin to pick your label?
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20. I recently talked to Gary Cherone (Ex-Extreme/Ex-Van Halen/Current Tribe of Judah) recently about having to live down your past, are you conscious or worried that you will always be associated with that VH1 show?
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21. Who would be in your all-star band of either living or dead members?
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22. What were the first concerts you went to?
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23. What has been the weirdest/best gifts you guys have gotten from fans?
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24. How cool is it that you have helped some of your friends and ex-tourmates (rubyhorse, Greenwheel) get signed?
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25. Any plans to tour the UK?
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26. Do you read the reviews you get?
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**At this point, Corey pulls out a video camera and starts to tape the interview**
27. Any differences between your tour last year and your tour this year?
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28. What have been your most embarrassing moments on tour?
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**At this point, Dom brings up some pastries from the street team...all hell breaks loose**
29. Is there a DVD planned, is that why you are taping?
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