Today we got a chance to speak with Jason Riemath from Mealfrog. We learned many things about the band during this interview. Such as, a lucky musical scarf that was found in a forest far away brings MealFrog good luck. After learning this bit of juicy information about the band we dug up some more facts!
GTG: Do you have a good luck charm such as a piece of clothing item or a piece of equipment?
MF: A scarf that carries the Rainbow Kings enchanted musical magic. It was found in a forest far, far way where it was said to be the battle ground of the infamous war between the Rainbow King, the Ice Queen and the Little Minions.
GTG: If you could meet any musician or band, who would it be and why?
MF: It would be different for each of us, we all have similar, but very distinct tastes in music, especially when it comes to our favorites. From Pearl Jam to The Dave Matthews Band, from The Grateful Dead to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, we love all sorts of music in different ways individually. But if we have to hear one more Adele song I swear to God…
GTG: How did you come up with, or decide on your band name?
MF: In 2007, after I had graduated from WSU, my buddy Curt and I went on a road trip to Chicago for Lollapalooza. We decided to take the scenic route which took us across the country in a pinball type pattern of epicenes. After a few days of jamming on a random stranger’s ranch in Montana, getting stuck in West Yellowstone for what seemed like an eternity, swimming through waterfalls and partying with Hells Angels in Jackson Hole Wyoming we landed under Mt. Rushmore. To say the least we were a bit delirious from the day before and a 16 hour drive through both beautiful country and a perfectly straight freeway that was leading us into a lightning filled night sky ahead. We finally set up camp and started to slam beers without saying a word to each other. Curt finally breaks the silence and asks me what my original name was before I was adopted from Colombia, South America. I respond with my birth name Miguel Fehardo and we both go quiet for another 10 minutes and Curt bursts out with; “MealFrog…Your original name was MealFrog?!” To which I respond, “No Curt, not even close, it’s Miguel Fehardo, but that’s a killer name for a band!” It took some time before I could use it, but it was about a year later that I found myself on a stage with a bunch of guys under the name MealFrog, getting ready to play our first show.
GTG: Tell me about the song you entered into the contest and why you choose that song?
MF: I think the song we submitted was Trucker, but only because it was the only one we had a video of, ha. The song though is a back and forth argument of a couple, who has a distant relationship due to a career on the road, whether it be a trucker, a musician or anyone on the road really. It’s a pretty simple, heard it before song, compared to our other ones. But that’s just to draw you in to our weirdness. That and we just really like Trucker hats. Thank you Ashton Kutcher, thank you very much…
GTG: If you had a limited edition 2012 Ford Focus designed for your band what would it look like?
MF: It would have to look like a poisonous dart frog and have a licorice dispenser
GTG: If Don Was were sitting next to you, what would you say to him to convince him to produce you?
MF: We’re going to the Moon Don, you wanna come with us?
A big thank you to Jason Riemath for taking the time to speak with us here at Gimme the Gig!