“On these shows, they want to have people that you like, and people that you don’t like.They try to create characters.”FAKE BATTLES, REAL ROMANCESDern’s teammate, bikini model Cecille Gahr, was one such character. Now, such a self-indulgent activity yields around 200,000 hits. “People talk shit on the Internet.”Six months ago, when Dern entered his name into the all-powerful search engine, he would have been lucky to get a couple hundred hits, most of them tied to other Nate Derns out there in cyberspace.
When I speak to the four of them on their tour bus, it becomes very clear that the band has a remarkable chemistry.
For a while their singer/guitarist, Emily Kokal, dated John Frusciante, former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist, and rock royalty.
Their founder drummer was a Hollywood actress, Shannyn Sossamon, and the late Heath Ledger, her co-star in A Knight’s Tale, was said to be a fan of the band.
The obligatory round of promotional interviews portrayed a mixture of excitement, dread and uncertainty.
As we catch up with her, the album’s been out for a little over a month and nothing of that mindset remains.