The Prisoners Dilemma was on the MTV2 Project Revolution show. They came in a "unofficial" second. A group of five from California they have been trying to get on for sometime now. They even have an EP titled The Hibernation on I tunes. So when i contacted them asking if they would be interested in doing a interview i was more than happy when I found out they were interested.
Q: Where did you come up with the name The Prisoners Dilemma for the band?
TPD: It is actually a social psychology. When we started the band in 2002 we were trying to come up with a name. Our bass player was in school at the time and heard about it. It is a hypothetical situation when two prisioners are accused of committing the same crime and are turned against each other.
Q: How would you describe your music if you had to lable it into a genre?
TPD: I would call it a melodic pop-rock. We are really all over the place though.
Q: What are bands are you influenced by?
TPD: Growing up I would say bands like Green Day and NOFX. I really like the Alkaline Trio too but everyone in the band listens to different things. Bands like Cursive and The Good Life are really good too. We have been writing alot of slower songs lately because we have been listening to slower music.
Q: How do you feel about lables? Like emo and that whole mentality.
TPD: It really doesn\'t bother me too much. If someone calls our band emo it really doesn\'t bother me because everyone is always going to judge and can really pay attention to the negative stuff.
Q: Your pretty big on myspace. Have you heard anything from lables?
TPD: We have but we are just waiting for the right label to come around. A label that wants to support us in our careers not for one album and if we don\'t sell like 100,000 albums they drop us.
Q: Whats your favorite song on your myspace?
TPD: "The End Of Me" we all feel that song pretty well when we play it.
Q: What are you in music for? Do you want to be famous and rich or what is your goal?
TPD: Well if it takes us there that would be great but that isn\'t what we are in it for. It would be awesome to just be able to have music be our jobs.
Q: So what do you love most about music?
TPD: It is that feeling where you write something totally awesome and you get chills. There really isn\'t anything like that feeling. Also, hearing the songs come to life in the studio is awesome. It is really cool to see it take form.
Q: What are your fans like?
TPD: Our fans are pretty awesome. It is really nice to see people come out to shows. Actually, one time we had a fan do our laundry that was pretty awesome.
Q: You guys are pretty popular now but in like five years where do you see the band being?ng for
TPD: Hopefully on the road touring. But you never really know whats gonna happen.
Q: So whats the writing process like?
TPD: It is really a collect effort. We all sit and work together on what we think is really good.
Q: How did the band come together?
TPD: Me and my brother started it with some friends with high school. Then we found a singer but he left and so we found a new one. We all just really came together and now we are doing something we love.
Q: What was the first band you really fell in love with.
TPD: I a few of the first albums I bought were from Green Day, The Cranberries, and early Weezer.
Q: So whats the biggest concert you guys have done?
TPD: The most important one was a battle of the bands type thing for MTV2. It was to get on the Projekt Revolution tour and we had to play in of judges. Some label reps, one of the guys from Linkin Park, and Rob from the show Rob and Big.
Q: How did you do in that?
TPD: We did well. The judges had nice things to say. I think we pretty much came in an unofficial second.
Q: So is there anything you want the world to know? Any final thoughts?
TPD: Just want everyone to know that we are busy writing and hopefully we will have an album sometime soon. We are just working hard and hoping people love the music.