With an arsenal of infectious pop punk songs, Total Babes started in 2010 by accident during a jam session in Medina, Ohio. Singer/guitarist Chris Brown and Cloud Nothings' drummer Jayson Gerycz were screwing around and came up with some catchy songs. The band filled out with Gary Spolarich on bass and Joe Boyer (also from Cloud Nothings) on guitar. Their debut LP Swimming Through Sunlight drops August 30 on Old Flame Records and Continental Mind. We recently caught up with Chris and Jayson to talk about their favorite on-the-road food finds (think: burritos, poutine, and Jordan almonds).
What do you eat before a show?
Chris tends to eat alcohol and I (Jayson) eat heck-tons of Gatorade.
What's your favorite thing to get after a show?
It's different depending on the city, but we do love tacos everywhere.
What's your favorite post-NYC show meal?
I usually try not to eat while in New York. It's too pricey. But a big slice of some New York pie is always nice.
What's your favorite post-LA meal?
I've only been to L.A. once and it was also rather pricey. I did eat at that hip joint, In-N-Out Burger -- it wasn't that great.
Have any groupies ever made you anything and sent it backstage?
No Total Babes groupies have ever sent us anything backstage. But one time in Europe with Cloud Nothings someone made us cupcakes.
Any food that musically inspires you?
I'm gonna have to say the Burrito a la Diabla would be our inspiration behind every song we have ever made. You can purchase yourself one at Fiesta Jalapeno in Medina, Ohio. It's highly recommended by both of us.
What are your fondest food memories? Any of them documented in your music?
This one time I drank one of those gigantic monster energy drinks before recording drums to a song and received super human abilities. Eyewitness accounts claim I became a monster.
What's your favorite city for eating before or after you've played a gig?
Personally, I enjoy Montreal for some fine dining. All I have to say is "poutine."
What is your favorite tour bus snack?
Chris can't get enough Jordan almonds -- that motherf***er thrives off those puppies. I prefer water and a little trail mix for the dusty trail.
What hometown meal do you miss the most when you are on the road?
We miss Miss Molly's Tea Room located in historic Medina square. A wonderful selection of tea and mind blowing scones. Quiche, strawberry pretzel salad and a few slices of lemon bread will set you straight. Not only do they offer delicious food they also have an atmosphere resembling an elderly dame's wet dream: doilies galore. Check this vid out fo sho.
Who's the pickiest eater in the band? What's his deal?
We aren't really picky eaters so we don't run into that problem.
Who's the best cook in the band? What's his best dish?
Joe is probably the best cook because he has a job as a cook, but I've never had a Joe Meal. Gary also works at a kitchen in a hospital; I suppose he can make some nice Jell-o. Chris and I once made salmon, steak, pineapple and sautéed veggies -- it was incredible.
Any food favorites of the entire band?
We love the Bloomin' Onion from Outback Steakhouse.
Any on-the-road food discoveries, restaurants or roadside vendors?
I recently ate at a heavy metal burger place in Chicago called Kuma's Corner. They have really gigantic burgers with an incredible menu -- especially if you love metal.
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