TomDumont: Hi this is Tom. I'm happy to be
here and to answer your questions. So, fire away!
SonicNetMod2: When is your new album coming
TomDumont: We would like it to come out
sometime before the end of the year, but we're in the writing and
demoing process now and I haven't even entered the studio to
record any songs yet. But, we're gonna take as long as it takes
to make a great record, so if we can't finish it by this year it
won't be out till next year.
Sarmicahfan17: Hi Tom, I just wanted to ask
how do you feel about No Doubt being nominated
for the Grammy's? Excited? Nervous?
TomDumont: Definitely. I think we all feel
proud to be nominated, recognized by the music industry. None of
us really expect to win and we're looking at it as more of a free
trip to NYC to hang out for a few days and go to parties.
_crystal_rain: What advice would you give to
people who want to get into the music biz?
TomDumont: That's a hard question. The number
one thing would be to really enjoy the process of playing and
making music. As statistically speaking it's really hard to make
a living from music, so really sometimes the only value is in
doing it and not necessarily the hopes for fame or fortune.
_crystal_rain: How are you handling the
stress that comes with being apart of such a famous group?
TomDumont: The only real stress comes from
our relationships within the band and spending the time to make
sure those relationships... there's no real pressure from any
outside sources. We really just want to maintain our friendships.
Since we've gotten together after a few months off touring it's
like old times again and the pressures of being together have all
kalebguest_308d42872: Do you ever get in
fights with your band members? Because our band fights all the
TomDumont: Sometimes we have little arguments
and sometimes we have big fights, but that's true of any
relationship anybody has whether it be friends or family. At the
end of the day we're all best friends and pretty inseparable.
Zoo_lemonade: What are, as a band, your
biggest musical influences?
TomDumont: I'll keep this to the ones we
collectively appreciate as a band. I'll start with the Beatles
certainly Madness, fishbone, Elvis Costello. Currently, Weezer
Foofighterx : Do you watch the Daily
TomDumont: No. I watch Bob Vila,
Kenny1683: What kind of traits do you look
for in a girl?
TomDumont: Hmmm.. Sharp witted, outgoing,
sexy, and nasty. That's hard to answer, but in four words that's
Nikki_Rae_98: How long did it take you guys
to get this far?
TomDumont: We started in 1987, so 11 years.
BLuE_aSpHaLt: Do you guys like Save Ferris?
TomDumont: I think that Monique has a good
voice and I think they're a good band. And they're nice people as
far as I know. I used to promote a club in Anaheim years ago and
Monique’s old band used to come into my club, so I knew her
in those days and she was always very nice.
FrogStarEyes: Do you ever perform songs from
you first two albums? I know you do "Move On" but any
TomDumont: Yes, usually one or two songs from
each album every show. We'd like to do more but the vast majority
of fans don't know those songs and it kinda bums them out.
Gothichore00: What do you think of Marilyn
TomDumont: I grew up as a very young kid
loving KISS so naturally I would appreciate Marilyn Manson. And I
like that you can see through the girls shirt in the video I like
all their videos.
FrogStarEyes: If you weren't a musician what
else do you think you would have as a career?
TomDumont: Maybe a construction worker or a
SeetherStar: What do you hope to be doing in
10 years form now?
TomDumont: When I'm forty years old, I have
Orange_Freeway: Have you thought of a name
for ND's new CD?
TomDumont: I think of names for our next CD
all the time and I'm gonna make a huge list and present them to
the band. But there hasn't been any working title at all yet
ZeroSlunk: What equipment do you use?
TomDumont: As far as guitars go, I play
guitars made by Haymer. They're hand made in CT and they're very
nice quality guitars. I like any kind of tube amps from the
60’s. Most notably Silvertone amps and Fender amps.
JoNaThEnDaViS : Do you like South
TomDumont: Yes. We watch it and we're big Mr.
Hankie fans. They've actually asked us to write a song and be on
a future episode and I'm not sure yet if we're going to be able
to but we're certainly going to be able to try.
delldawgguest_438d177: "The Climb"
is a song about your stardom right?
SonicNetGuest: The lyrics to the climb were
written by Eric Steffani, Gwen's brother, and I think it could be
about us and stardom, but it could be about anything in life in a
very general sense.
chanceXguest_3cbc766: Is your label Sea
Creature Records going to be signing groups, or is it just for
distribution and such for the band?
TomDumont: Sea Creature Records is our
"vanity label" and we're going to try to sign bands,
but so far we've been so busy writing our own songs we haven't
found any bands to sign. I should tell people to send demos. If
you want to send a demo you can send it to our PO Box that's on
our CD credits.
Keefer_37: Is there anything new you've been
experimenting with musically?
TomDumont: We've tried to use drum loops and
computer technology to write songs, but it turns out it's a lot
easier to just play them and record them as a band using real
instruments. So I guess that was a failed attempt.
SeetherStar: Who do you get along with the
best from the band?
TomDumont: I live down the street from
Adrian, so I guess we're pretty regular buddies. But I'm also
really close with Tony and Gwen as well. It's really hard to pick
your friends and prioritize them, but I guess me and Adrian hang
out more than anyone else.
AyeDavanita_PJ: Who would you like to tour
TomDumont: I feel like we've pretty much
played shows with everyone we've ever wanted to. There is a
chance that we're going to play a show in Hawaii with Madness in
the beginning of May that's in the works.
AyeDavanita_PJ: Tom what song would you like
TomDumont: When I'm driving in the car
listening to my radio, I always think of songs that I want to
remake. We've talked about "Almost Blue" by Elvis
Costello but haven't gotten around to it yet.
BLuE_aSpHaLt: How do you guys feel about Gwen
always in the spotlight?
TomDumont: We're fine about it. That question
came up to us a lot in the past year. I think because of the
"Don't Speak" video which portrayed the three guys in
the band having a problem with Gwen's fame, but that video was a
pseudo fictional creation and I honestly wouldn't change that if
I could go back and change it.
SeetherStar: ND has dealt with a suicide, and
I 'm sure it was very tough. Do you have any advice for someone
who's thinking about it?
TomDumont: Anyone who's thinking about
suicide should certainly seek some kind of solace when they can,
and if no ones available try to find a psychiatrist who can help
Kat178: how did each of you come to join the
TomDumont: That's a bunch of really long
stories and maybe you could check out bio’s from our website
to read more about that because it would take over an hour to
tell those stories.
SnakesNxD: What is your opinion on drugs?
TomDumont: I believe in the title of a song
by Oingo Boingo and that is, once or twice is good for your soul.
I think anything in moderation is fine, but overdoing anything is
probably a mistake.
No_Doubt30: When exactly is your 4th album
coming out and what kind of material is gonna be on it??
TomDumont: We've only just started working on
songs for the next album and it's hard to describe the direction
we're heading in, but I will say that it will definitely not be a
projection from where Tragic Kingdom
left off. You won't see us going back and trying to compete with all
the new SKA bands out there.
twocanguest_3aa040963: Where does most of the
inspiration for the songs come from?
TomDumont: Lyrically speaking I would guess
that Gwen's inspiration comes from experiences and events in her
life. Musically speaking, we're inspired a lot by new wave groups
from the 80’s.
Nodoubters : Hi Tom, we are from the
Brazilian fan club ,we are waiting you here, we love you, and we
wanna ask you if you have a favorite nominate on Grammy
TomDumont: Well, I should say hi to Brazil.
We had great shows there last year as far as excited about Grammy
nominees, not to be negative but I'm not that excited about
anybody, but then again I'm not sure who's nominated for what. So
I'll have to wait till Wednesday night to find out who excites
Funkadylicsk8er: Did you play in any other
bands before No Doubt?
TomDumont: Yes, in the mid 80’s I played
in a heavy metal group with my older sister modeled after Iron
Maiden and Judas Priest.
SonicNetMod2: Were you surprised to find out
Rob Halford was gay?
TomDumont: Me and all my friends, heavy metal
fans, suspected it for years, and I'm happy he finally came out
of the closet. In some ways it kind of breaks down the barriers
of the macho heavy metal world.
StoneCold50: What do you do for fun? When
your not working?
TomDumont: I like to hot rod, muscle cars,
automobiles made in the 60’s. I watch all those home
improvement shows on Saturday afternoon and I have a puppy dog
that's biting me right now, a Jack Russell terrier. He's the
cutest freaking dog ever.
Ltlmnstr: Tom, How does it feel to be in the
most popular band of 1997?
TomDumont: It feels good. In my day to day
life I don't feel as popular as we must be. As an aside, I'm
reading peoples comments as I'm doing this and I find them very
Aleashie: What’s your favorite album?
TomDumont: That's impossible to answer. Too
many favorites. I'll name my three favorites of 97, and I'm not
100% sure they were released in 97. Pinkerton by
Weezer, Fashion Nugget by Cake and the Sublime
Amanda14198: What was your favorite song from
TomDumont: "Ended on This."
SonicNetHost: Are there going to be any songs
on the new album about or dedicated to Brad Knowell?
TomDumont: I don't know yet. Maybe we'll
dedicate the songs to Bud and Eric who are the surviving members
Tom: Who influenced you the most in your
Maynard_1 : Tom, are you still doing your
article for the Guitar magazine?
TomDumont: No that was a limited job that
only lasted for three or four issues.
Dusty_3: TOM HOW DOES IT FEEL WHEN PEOPLE SAY
YOU SOLD OUT HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO THAT?
TomDumont: We in No Doubt have
always listened to the radio and watched MTV,
and always wished we could be on the radio and MTV.
We're happy we achieved that and I believe that the concept of
selling out is the concept of a pre-teenager.
Corky__ : Does the band routinely have group
TomDumont: We only have group sex on the
first Thursday of each month, so no, not routinely.
Greemsal: Do you guys miss playing with
_crystal_rain: What would you like to do
TomDumont: I would like to teach high school
girls volleyball in the state of Utah, where the legal age of
consent is 16. They have some really attractive Mormons in Utah,
they're kinda like catholic school girls.
SonicNetHost: Are Gabe and Steve in No
Doubt for the long run?
TomDumont: We hope so, they're off doing
their own thing right now. But we'll do everything we can to make
sure they're out touring with us and playing on our records.
They're the best horn section we've ever had.
_DKNY_girl: How does it feel to have to meet
with certain expectations on your talent?
TomDumont: The only expectations I have to
meet are my own, and the others in the band and those are pretty
Keefer_37: Are there any producers you'd
really like to work with?
TomDumont: We keep trying to get Elvis
Costello to produce our record and they keep saying he doesn't
produce records anymore. We'd like to get a producer who's maybe
gay or bisexual like Rob Halford.
SlimGym: Tom what do you recommend to a
fellow guitarist, when looking for a singer?
TomDumont: You should look for someone who
sings good. That's smart ass, but it's true.
BAYOU_MAC: Tom, what bands from the 80s most
TomDumont: Oingo Boingo. For years and years
we told ourselves that we would learn the song "Little
Girls" and it would be cool to have Gwen sing about
molesting little girls, but it's too complicated.
SonicNetHost: What smaller bands would you
like to open up for you on your next tour?
TomDumont: Tough one. I haven't listened to
the radio enough to know what all the new bands are doing out
there, so I apologize. How 'bout Prodigy, that would be fun,
they're probably bigger than us, well technically speaking we
might be bigger... but that could be all sweaty and grimy and
don't shower and with all different girls...
Vwxs: How long did it take to make Tragic
TomDumont: On and off it took three years,
but we were only in the studio a week or two here or there,
between our jobs and going to Cal State Fullerton.
SpiralBeck : So, where you a part of the band
when Eric Steffani was still involved or had he already left to
pursue his career as a cartoonist?
TomDumont: I was in the band for 9 years with
HYDRA_6: Do you enjoy your fame?
TomDumont: Yeah, there are a lot of great
fringe benefits that come from being in a rock band for example,
a free trip to NY this week for the Grammy’s.
We get taken to dinner at really expensive restaurants by music
industry moguls. And then also we get to travel around the world
for free and go to places we never would have been able to afford
to go to if we weren't famous.
Beastie_girl_182: If you had the choice to
sleep with one girl in the whole world, who would it be?
TomDumont: Certainly I have a lot of
favorites. Right now probably Natalie Portman or maybe also Dave
Theo_78: Some people say your band turned
from Ska to pop. Is that true?
TomDumont: Yes. However, that happened back
in 1993 before anyone in the world gave a shit about us. We did
not do that to sell more records.
NDStylee: Tom do you like Bush?
TomDumont: I think they're nice guys.
SonicNetMod2: I saw you guys at the Berkley
Square do you miss that?
TomDumont: Yes, those shows we played at
Berkeley Square were among the sweatiest rock concerts on record.
I do remember that one show where I got spit on a lot. This one
guy kept spitting on me. And since he couldn't move in the pit I
spit this lougi on him.
Mr. Larsen: What is your favorite city to
play in Europe?
TomDumont: Without any question, Barcelona,
SonicNetMod2: Who is your favorite Spice
TomDumont: I like Sporty Spice. Actually, I
have a story about me and the Spice Girls.
TomDumont: I was on the rooftop pool of the
four seasons hotel in Singapore when we played there, and I was
reading a book and nobody else was up on the pool deck. And all
of a sudden the Spice Girls came up with some guys from MTV
and a camera and they did some kind of MTV promo
and they all checked me out with my shirt off and they were all
too nervous to come up and talk to me. No one even came up to
talk to me and I was the only guy up there. Sporty Spice looked
really good, so did Scary Spice. She seems really intelligent.
Pretty bright. And after they left, I had these fantasies where
they'd all come to my room.
Hedvig77: What did you think of playing with
Stephen Perkins? Do you like Jane’s Addiction?
TomDumont: Yes. Jane’s Addiction were a
big group in LA during our formative years and we got Steven
Perkins to play drums, steel drums on "Spider Webs." He
was a super nice guy. Really musically inclined and really cares
about music and doesn't seem to into making the scene, so to
speak didn't seem like a hot shot.
LatinLoverboy25: HOW did No Doubt
maintain a positive outlook for so many years before striking
TomDumont: We had a great following in
Southern California starting in 1987, for all those years and we
always had great shows to play thanks to our fans in this area.
So we always felt really successful when we started making
TobbeE: How old were you the very first time
you had sex?
Mattyp_98: How long have you been playing
guitar, and are you self taught?
TomDumont: Mostly self taught and I've been
playing for 18 years. I started when I was 12.
Darkling_stalker: Should we nuke Iraq?
TomDumont: No. I'm pretty certain there's a
bunch of nice normal people who live in Iraq that shouldn't be
Kat178: Do you ever go in the No
Doubt chat room on the official page?
TomDumont: No I never have, but it's because
my AOL browser never supported it.. Now that I have Netscape
maybe I'll start.
SonicNetHost: What were some some that you
guys opened up for when you were smaller?
TomDumont: Believe it or not, we opened for
Bad Religion and the Untouchables and Fishbone and Jellyfish and
Ziggy Marley those were all pretty exciting for us before we were
Hyper_0: Will you only play at large venues
in the future?
TomDumont: No. There's a pretty good chance
that we won't be able to play at big ventures in the future so
we'll play smaller ones. We'll probably play some clubs out in
Orange County while we're home.
BjPerkins: What did you make of Chris Evans
on TFI Friday in the UK?
TomDumont: He seemed pretty funny and the day
we were there Michael Hutchence was there. He was a good looking
man for his age. It was kind of dark and smoky, but he was in
good shape. I'm not gay, but from 20 feet away he looked good.
Gwenfiend: Boxers or Briefs ?
TomDumont: Thanks everyone for taking this
time to come and chat with me.