Tad Kubler Quotes

One thing I’ve always been really proud of about our band is that we’ve done what we wanted to do, what we enjoy doing, and we’ve been really lucky that people have responded to it the way that they have. As long as we continue to really enjoy what we do and make decisions with integrity, I’m hoping people continue to respond to that.

If I start to go around and look for stuff that’s being written about me or about the band, chances are I’m not going to find what I’m looking for or what I’d want to be hearing. If I go out and look for it and it’s out there, I’m really going to notice when it’s not. And I’d hate to think that that would impact any decisions I’m making.

Slash can take three notes and make a beautiful solo. And that’s one thing I’ve always really admired about his guitar playing. I’m a huge Slash fan all around.

That solo on “Lord, I’m Discouraged” in terms of notes it isn’t anything like it, but in terms of aesthetic, it’s direct rip-off from the “November Rain” solo. In fact, when I did it, I imagined myself walking out of a church, walking out onto a cliff and doing a guitar solo. Slash has always been one of my favorites because the guy uses a lot of melody in his solos.

I guess my guitar heroes shifted from people like Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix to people like Johnny Marr or John Squire.

Rick Nielsen, Angus Young. Huge Eddie Van Halen fan when I was younger. Jimmy Page is an enormous one who impacts me. When you grow up with classic rock like that and then you get into punk rock, you defy your roots and where you came from. I never really went through that. Even when I started listening to the Clash or the Sex Pistols, I still always listened to Led Zeppelin or Kiss.

That’s what’s nice about playing festivals, too. You’re on this huge, enormous stage and you’ve got 200,000 watts of power blowing your guitars all over the place. It sounds good.

We don’t think about how the songs are going to translate so much during the writing process. Once the song is recorded, and once we’re mixing, that’s when it occurs to me. Then you start rehearsing to play shows. I never concern myself about how we’re going to pull it off live, because I know we’ll figure out a way to do it.


It’s how I learned to play guitar – sitting with Led Zeppelin and Cheap Trick records, backing the needle up and learning how to play along. When the band started, by doing something that was very obvious to us and sort of traditional, it set us apart at the time from what was happening musically.

When you stop worrying about all the things that can go along with playing in a band and you let go and do it because it’s fun to do, things seem to work.