Calibretto 13’s vocalist guitarist and main songwriter Joseph Whitehead used to sing for change on the streets of his hometown Kokomo. One day I plan to go back to that” Joe says. But in the meantime he plans to keep making music with his band Calibretto 13 the members of which – Chris Thomas on drums and Aaron Richardson on bass – he met during his busking days. ”
One thing I love about you guys is your blunt honesty you say it how it is and don’t water it down. Some people I am sure get offended how do you approach that? Our lyrics definitely have a reputation for pulling no punches. Most people like it some people don’t. But we just do our thing the way we want to. We’re not going to change what we do just because someone doesn’t like the word crap.” We don’t set out to offend people but it happens and we know it. Not everyone can make soft cushiony lyrics that make everyone happy and we’re one of the bands that can’t.
Something i am curious about the song entitled “the night they took you” seems to be about a lost loved one. A friend of mine pointed out he believes it is about a lost car stereo can you clear that up for me. “The Night They Took You” is about Joe’s guitar getting stolen out of his car. So you’re both wrong. Sorry.
What do you think it means to be in a Christian band? Being in a “Christian band” most often means playing music FOR Christians (not necessarily by choice). And usually the lyrics are about or to or for God.
What are your thoughts of a christian band or christians in a band? I personally think that a lot of the stuff out there called “Christian music” are artistically lacking. But there are bands that push the envelope and explore music and its possibilites and that’s awesome. The Christian music scene gets a bad rap of being unoriginal but really there are a crapload of not Christian bands that are just as unoriginal as Christian bands. Calibretto 13 has been a Christian band for a while now but we’re tired of playing for just Christians. We would like to play for anyone who will listen. And as we’ve matured our lyrics have become more diverse. Not every song is about God; not every song teaches a moral. it’s called growth and we are embracing it. We are breaking out of our coccoon.
What gets you through an average day? Music and literature and talking to God.
What do you guys do aside from the band or is the band full time? Chad wanders around Indiana doing stuff and buying movies and he sometimes works for his parents delivering newspapers. Joe works at a bookstore and watches lots and lots of movies. Currently I’m in school studying English so I study a lot listen to music read a lot and work on new versions of the website. After Christmas though the band will become full time.
What can we expect on the new album? any tentative dates? You can expect songs… lots of ’em. it’s called “Making the World a Place” and it won’t be out until probably May or so. Joe is going back to acoustic guitar (instead of clean electric) and the whole thing is a lot more mature musically and lyrically. it’s going to be awesome.
Any tour thats going to stop by California in the future? I would love to see you guys. We’ll be in California in February probably. And then multiple times later in the year.
Did all the songs you write for the “Lost in Tokyo” full length get put on the album or did some get cut? One got cut although we thought it was just fine. It was called “El Guapo” and it’ll probably pop up on the internet somewhere. We also recorded a cover of the Vapors’ “Turning Japanese” for the Tooth and Nail 80’s cover album but they forgot we had it and didn’t put it on. it’s not finished it still needs some keyboards on it. Maybe that’ll get out sometime too.
What was the funnest show you played this summer on tour? The most fun we had this summer was probably… I dunno. We tend to have a lot of fun at a lot of shows so they all kind of run together. I think it might have been in Sioux Falls South Dakota. We had a good time there even though there’s nothing to do. And as an English major I feel it is my duty to mention that “funnest” is not a word.
What makes a show fun for you? A show is fun if there is a good crowd and they are into it. When the crowd talks back to us and sings along that’s when we have the most fun.
What is a successful show in your eyes? A show is only successful if we get paid a lot of money.
This is one thing I have always wondered on your songs often before you (or someone) plays the harmonica you yell something the best I can make out that would make sense is “mouth part” but I do not think thats right can you clear that up for me?” I can only think of one song that has that and it says “here comes the mouth harp yeah!” And that is Joseph playing the harmonica.
If you could tour with 2 secular bands who would it be? That’s different for each of us. I can guess at what Joe and Chad woud say but I won’t because I would get it wrong and they would hate me. But I can say right now without a doubt that the two bands I would most love to tour with are They Might Be Giants and the Foo Fighters. No question.
if you could tour with 2 christian bands who would it be? Well it depends on what you consider to be a Christian band. And we’ve already toured with some of the best Christian bands. But I’ll go ahead and say MxPx and Five Iron Frenzy. Ghoti Hook was awesome and I love touring with Ace Troubleshooter.
What are all of your favorite styles of music? We all like different stuff. I’m mostly into rock and classic rock but my favorite band is They Might Be Giants and they’re just weird. Other favorite bands are Weezer Foo Fighters and Rush.
Feelings on MTV? I have noticed they pretty much run everything and determine what is cool. I must say I enjoy your “Ode to MTV” track entitled “Why Can’t I be on MTV?” Joe passionately hates MTV. I hate how it dictates to people what is cool and how they should look and act and live and I think most of their shows are pretty stupid. But I can’t seny that MTV has some really creative people working for them doing very cool visual things with graphics and camrea work. And MTV2 is just fine by me. Chad….well I’m not sure what Chad thinks about it. I think he might be in the same place as me.
Any thing else you would like to add? Go buy “Adventures in Tokyo.” Seriously. it’s good. I promise. And listen to They Might Be Giants. And read a lot.