Neil Hebrank Interview
30 November, 2009
Neil Hebrank was in charge of percussion duties in The Juliana Theory from when the group formed until around the time when the band signed with Epic records in 2001. Roughly eight years after he left the band I managed to ask Mr. H a few questions.
I started playing the drums when I was thirteen. Buying my first "used" drumset was one of the best days of my life. I was inspired to play music because my parents would play records all of the time and I always imagined being in the bands that they would listen to.
Noisome was my first band, formed not too long after I started playing the drums. We played "punk rock" in the style of our favorite bands on Lookout Records (Green Day, Screeching Weasel, The Queers). I really did like the music we made, especially as we progressed and wrote some catchy songs that I can still sing from memory to this day.
After highschool Noisome disbanded as did the band Pensive (whom Brett and Chad were part of) and because of boredom, the four of us along with Jeremiah, decided to jam in my garage. We wrote a couple of songs pretty quickly and the rest is history.
Wow! We look so young! I think what I remember the most was taking pictures in an old dilapidated mental hospital just outside our hometown and also feeling like I was in a "real band" for the first time.
Definitely Emotion is Dead. I think it contained the best combination of song writing, musicianship, and originality. It was also a blast to make, it felt like something special happened in the studio every day.
I think some of the members and management wanted to go in a different direction, it was pretty hard to accept but as with most things in life it proved to be a blessing in disguise as it led me to where I am today.
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We met when my band at the time (The Fold) played a show with their band (Nonstop Three). After both of those bands broke up, Mike and Steve convinced me to move to Columbia Missouri to form Confident Years. Although we haven't done a whole lot lately, they remain some of my closest friends and we talk all of the time.
Yeah, we played on a rooftop in downtown Columbia during an event called Twilight Fest. We gained access to the roof because Mike's parents own a shoe store downtown. It was probably the weirdest place that I have ever played... We played unannounced and played loudly!
Man, that is a hard question to answer. It seemed like every day something new happened on the road and I wish that I would have kept a journal so I can recall some of the crazy/fun things that happened.
I have heard most of the tunes off of the cd and they sound really good. Maybe someday they would let me do a guest appearance on a song!
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Yeah, I keep in touch with Josh (Fiedler) the most out of everybody that was in TJT, although it is tough because we live so far apart.
We haven't officially called it a day and I doubt that we ever will. Who knows we might be on the charts next year. I would love to play the drums a bit more but I find it tough these days with a full-time job.
Married life is great! We just bought our first house in Kansas City and our first pet, a cat named Kramer. I suggest anyone check out Darbig.com, she is the talented one in the family.
I do miss certain aspects of Pennsylvania (family, friends, mountains) but overall Missouri is a great place to live.
I have never seen either of them!
Harrison Ford in Star Wars!
If you haven't yet heard Confident Years yet head on over to the Confident Years MySpace page and have a listen.