Jesus freak Hideout: What's the story behind the name "Tragedy Ann"?
My friend had a band that had a song called "Tragedy Ann" so I stole it from
him. I liked it because so often we put on this mask like everything is
alright and when someone asks "How are you?" we tend to say "Great" when that
may not be the case. I think a lot of the time we tend to hide some of the
pain that we feel. I think the name tells that story.
JFH: How did the band get started?
Mikee: I had just left Sometime Sunday and I was thinking I wasn't
going to do anything else, but I was playing with some of my friends and it just clicked,
so here we are.
JFH: How would you describe your sound?
JFH: What bands have influenced your sound?
Mikee: Foo Fighters, Cracker, Social Distortion, The Altar Boys, ACDC, Smithereens.
JFH: A minor, yet still significant shift in style between your two albums
can be heard. What brought about this change?
Mikee: I got a little more confident in my writing I guess. I still think I s*ck but
I just play what I like.
JFH: What is the song "Preachin' Lies" about?
Mikee: It's about the people all through my life that told me that I wouldn't amount
to anything and the youth pastors that pushed me away because I listened to
Christian underground music (instead of Michael W. Smith, Petra etc.), and
JFH: What inspired the song "Tank?"
Mikee: My 2-year-old daughter. That's her nickname. Her real name is Veronica. I have
a 5-year-old daughter named Shayde. She was the inspiration for the song
"Little One" on the first record.
JFH: Your song "Seek" from your previous album Lesser is recorded again on
One Nation Under God. What led you guys to perform this great song again on disc?
Mikee: We weren't finished with it, so we finished it and recorded it again.
JFH: The hidden tracks on your latest album are interesting. Can you tell us
a little about the collection of moments recorded on there, especially the
I've always liked to put funny stuff on the end of my records. It's my
personality. I want people to know that we are not that serious about stuff.
Ive been doing it since the Sometime Sunday records. We didn't put anyhting on
the first record because we were rushed in the studio.
JFH: What is your favorite Tragedy Ann song?
Mikee: I like them all, but "I'll Get Through" is a fun song to play. I like the
lyrics because no matter what happens to me I will get through because of
Jesus in my life.
JFH: What is your favorite movie?
Mikee: The Matrix
JFH: Do you prefer Mountain Dew or Pepsi?
Mikee: Most definitely Pepsi. Coke is lame.
JFH: What does the future hold in store for Tragedy Ann?
Mikee: We are doing another record and we will be touring in the summer.
JFH: What is your most embarassing moment while performing live?
Mikee: We really don't get embarassed.
JFH: What is your all-time favorite musical artist?
JFH: The Jesus freak Hideout website was started out of appreciation for
good Christian music. We've set a goal to try to use the site to spread
Christian music, as well as God's Word, & show others how good Christian
music really is. Do you listen to Christian music? If so, what bands?
Mikee: I like the bands Ember, Spoken, Mike Knott, man the list is huge. I grew up
in Southern California and was there when Christian alternative started so I
like the old stuff too. I just wish there were more quality bands out there.
It seems everyone and their mother has a label and a lot of bands are not
JFH: I really appreciate you taking out the time in your busy schedule to
answer some questions for us. Are there any last comments you'd like to
Mikee: Come see us when we play!