Bowling For Soup lead singer, Jaret Reddick, heads to Riverside, Newcastle this month so Lisa Bartos caught up with him to talk about mental health issues and the implications of social media.
So what made you name this tour the ‘Heartache & Hilarity’ Tour?
It’s because it’s basically stories from the last 20 years and one of the things I’ve always said is I’ve made heartache into hilarity. It might not be the funniest of subjects, but I try to put a funny spin on it. There’ll be stories that’ll make people cry, I think, and ones that will make people laugh. We’ll cover the gallons between heartache and hilarity.
What can fans expect from the show?
They’ll see a side they’ve not thought of before, especially with the Bowling for Soup songs. When you hear them broken down sometimes the lyrics make a little bit more sense or at least have more meaning to them than when we’re jumping around and playing them loud and in your face. We’re going to laugh a lot; we’re going to cry a lot; it’ll just be fun – like hanging out with your friends.
You’ve done a lot of acting in the past. Are there any plans in the future for more acting roles?
Yeah, I’m in a movie called ‘Saving the Tinman’ which is coming out soon. I’m doing a bunch of voice acting and stuff like that too. It’s something that, now I’m home more and not touring as much, I can do some more of. It’s a different side to me; it’s another level of being able to create something awesome.
Over the last 20+ years in BFS you’ve played a vast number of venues, but do you prefer playing small or large venues?
I think they’re completely different shows. I like the smaller venues because they’re intimate and you almost feel like you could have a conversation with anyone in the crowd. The bigger venues are what you dream about when you’re a kid and that’s why you start playing music. They both have their place in our world. I really do enjoy playing both; I just enjoy making people smile.
Whose new material are you looking forward to being released this year?
I don’t know who has stuff coming out as I’m a terrible music fan nowadays. I’m the worst. I listen to what I listen to and I listen to a lot of podcasts. I’m so bad at keeping up-to-date with what’s coming out so I guess, for me, it’s always a surprise – it’s like the give that keeps on giving. I wake up one day and I’m like ‘wholly crap, there’s a new album – amazing’.
How’s your podcast going?
The podcast is going great – we’re growing! It’s called ‘Jaret Goes to the Movies’ and every week it’s growing. It’s the most fun I’m having in my work and all of my projects right now. It’s forcing me to watch a bunch of movies I haven’t seen in a really long time or I haven’t seen at all.
Speaking of films, what’s the best film you’ve ever seen?
I just watched Shaun of the Dead and it was brilliant. I’d only seen bits and pieces of it before, but it’s so funny – I would watch that movie again, anytime.
Jaret Reddick plays Riverside, Newcastle on Tuesday 19th September. Tickets, priced at £25.00 in advance, are available from riversidenewcastle.co.uk.