The Chariot Are Here to ‘Play Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ Not Have a Business Meeting — Exclusive Video
Since their 2004 birthing, the Chariot have stayed in a state of constant movement. Even with inescapable lineup changes, the Georgia-based band has taken little to no break from the road and their structure-abandoning live shows.
“We’re very gung ho,” frontman Josh Scogin told Noisecreep about how the band approaches tour life. But before they bring their ADHD chaos to a crowd, there’s plenty of daily business to attend to, since the Chariot manage themselves.
Scogin prefers this DIY route. It gets more done and keeps the band on tours they really want to be on. “The times when we’ve had management, we felt like we were doing a whole lot of back scratching and never the scratching of the backs. I don’t want to deal with that world. I’m here to play rock ‘n’ roll music.”
He compared the situation to his younger days, when he fronted Norma Jean. Back then, if a band hired people to handle the press, paperwork and phone calls, it was because they were a top-billed Warped Tour kind of band. Now, of course, that’s standard for even the newest band.
“It’s a whole other world; sometimes good sometimes bad. When I was first starting out, it was a matter of calling someone or being, ‘This band’s good, we’re taking them out.’ Now there [are] all these routes you have to take, making sure not to step on anyone’s toes. It’s really political — it’s a really [politically correct] game where you’re trying not to offend anyone.”
Though the band does have a booking agent, Scogin will sometimes break rank to get a hold of a band they’re slated to tour with. “We work on that old style, so for me if I was best friends with a band it’s easier to just call them and be like, ‘Hey is this [tour] something you even want to do?’
Doing this has gotten Scogin a handful of calls from agents, re-explaining the process of what they do for a band. “I get it,” he says, but he has to make sure a band really wants to spend weeks with them; touring is supposed to be fun and not a forced play date.
“For us, we’re trying to stay on the road as much as possible,” Scogin explained, because when it comes down to it, they’ll play with nearly anyone. “That’s where we’re able to pay our bills. If any money is going to come in, that’s where it is going to come from. That’s our life. That’s our bread and butter. That’s what keeps us alive.”
The band’s most recent tour — the Ghostbustour with Iwrestledabearonce — came through the old way of booking. Scogin called their former European tourmates (“good dudes and dudette” as he described them) to see about doing a tour together in the States — something both bands have talked about for some time. As it turned out, the second slot had come open on the roster. With no hesitation, the Chariot became an opener for Iwrestledabearonce. This billing was backwards.
“For us, that’s fine,” Scogin admitted, because he didn’t care when the band came in terms of time slots. “We’d rather be doing shows than not doing shows. At the end of the day, it’s just, ‘Sure.’ And with us that’s as easy as it is. If we want to do it we’ll do it.”
The Chariot’s newest album, ‘Long Live,’ comes out Nov. 23 via Good Fight.