MTV: The single "Your Disease" was added at a number of radio stations right out of the box, even before the official add date. That had to make you feel like something was happening.
Josey Scott: We were just pleased, just thankful that we had a song on the radio. We thought "Your Disease" was real strong. We wanted to kick the door down with "Your Disease" and then move in with the rest of the material and blow the house up after that. We thought the single was going to do well, but we were surprised that it's done as well as it has. [Next] we'll come up with a second single, "Click Click Boom."
MTV: What is it, do you think, about the single that people are latching on to?
Scott: I think it shows every aspect of our sound ... as far as melodic choruses and beefy verses. I think the chorus pretty much opens up the sky. The verses are down and dirty. Kinda like that down-South sound. We call it "bounce." Anything you can bounce to, we try to hook up a phat beat.
MTV: Tell us a little bit about video.
Chris D'abaldo: Me and Josey wrote the opening scene with the police officer, who is actually a friend of ours. He's a real cop in Memphis. [Video director] David Meyers is just the greatest, coolest director, and he let us have total control and freedom. He wrote the treatment, but he gave us the freedom to write a few things and put in our ideas and stuff like that.
MTV: Where does the album title, Every Six Seconds, come from?
Scott: We were watching a documentary on crime and the state of the 21st century and the decline of Western civilization. They were talking about how many robberies there are, saying that men think about sex every six seconds, and I thought that was pretty prophetic. I just thought that pretty much said it all, because it's like the state of the world today. Sex sells everything now. Everything we did on the record had a meaning from the title to the cover to the lyrics and the songs it's not a concept album but yet there is a big picture to the whole thing.
MTV: Then what's the meaning behind the band's name?
Scott: We came up with it about four years ago. Me and Chris were in a project together that we knew was probably going to disperse, and we were kinda making a Plan B, getting ready to start something else I came up with the name Saliva I thought it was pretty provocative, a little different, kinda sexy. ... I wanted to come up with a name that was already a household word.
MTV: When you formed this band, you quickly made a name for yourselves with a battle-of-the-bands competition, right?
Scott: It was a Grammy Showcase and we had only been together for three weeks. We had written like five or six songs, and we were starting to hammer those songs out. We jumped into the studio and made a demo tape nothing really serious, just to get the song ideas down, and we heard about this Grammy Showcase thing and sent a tape in. We were just like, "Whatever" a stab in the dark.
D'abaldo: Out of 6,000 bands they pick 60. [RealVideo]
Scott: And lo and behold, a couple of weeks later, we got the call, and they said they wanted us to play with four other bands in town. We did it at the New Daisy on Beale Street in Memphis, and we figured hometown politics alone would keep us out of the running, and the other bands were really good bands and we were just starting out. ... We didn't take it really seriously we just thought of it as a good opportunity to play and get our chops up live We ended up winning the damn thing and moved on to Austin and played against Dallas, Nashville and Atlanta and three other bands, and we didn't figure we would win there either because the kid that won the Dallas showcase was from Austin, his band was from Austin, the house was packed, and it was his turf and blah, blah, blah. We played fourth, and he played third, and they had Stevie Ray Vaughan's kinfolk or something like that and we were like ...
D'abaldo: "Forget about it, it was a nice time .."
Scott: "We had a good time, this was fun," but we ended up playing and actually doing a great show. A pit broke out, and they brought in these police officers and started calming people down. It got really violent it was a great show.
D'abaldo: They were in riot gear. It was crazy.
Scott: And later on that night, we found out we'd won our way to New York. We ended up in New York going to the Grammys at Madison Square Garden, and it was incredible.
MTV: Let's dig a little into your background. Josey, you're a fourth-generation musician?
Scott: Yeah. My dad and my grandfathers were all pickers, as we call them in the South. My dad was a country musician, and I didn't know my grandfather or his father. They had both passed away before I was born, but I had heard many stories about how they had all played down in Alabama and Mississippi and Tennessee and stuff like that. My dad was a country gospel artist when I was a kid, and he taught me how to play the guitar and taught me about how to sing and about harmony and everything like that, and I hated it when I was a kid, but I ended up loving it and appreciating what he had taught me because he had taught me how to become familiar with my own voice, and he taught me about layering and the harmonies. Country music is famous for its harmony vocals, and I think I pulled that out of country music into our sound because I love to layer vocals and beautiful harmonies. My dad always taught me that when you get to the chorus of a song you can never beat a good harmony. My dad was a big musical influence on my life earlier on.
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