Sam Endicott, frontman bass player to the popular indie rock and electronica band The Bravery, met keyboardist John Conway in art school, where they played any kind of music they could – from punk to country to jazz to metal.
In the early '00s they moved to New York, where they discovered the Electroclash scene and collected the rest of the eclectic band members. The Bravery's “The Sun and the Moon: Complete,” released in March, was closely followed by the “Moon” half of the album, which the band is touring for now. The Bravery will then kick off the summer by joining Linkin Park in the 2008 Projekt Revolution Tour beginning in mid-July. See them in Charlotte on July 30 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.
Endicott descends from the band's busy orbit to talk about rude bus drivers, the beauty of thumbprints, and more.
Q. The latest book or movie that made you cry?
Never miss a local story.
My favorite book ever is “Fountainhead,” by Ayn Rand, but I never got around to reading “Atlas Shrugged” – her most famous book – until now. The print is impossibly small, so the eye strain is making me cry, if that counts.
Q. The fictional character most like you?
My favorite fictional character is probably Sailor Ripley, from the movie “Wild at Heart,” by David Lynch. There's never been a greater bad--- ; and he's not too shabby at singing, either.
Q. The greatest album, ever?
For a very long time, “13 Songs by Fugazi” was my favorite album. I should probably mention, before I get assaulted by insanely obsessed Fugazi fans, that “13 Songs” isn't technically an album. It is actually two EPs put together on CD. They're both brilliant, though.
Q. You're proud of this accomplishment, but why?
I once got stiffed by a bus driver. I was knocking on the door, but he wouldn't let me on. I just stood there knocking and knocking. And then the light changed and he drove off.
I chased that bus – ran as fast as I could, through the crowded city sidewalk, flat out sprinting for about 10 minutes. At the next stop he saw me coming. He shut the door, cutting off half the line of people, and hit the gas. Completely bright red, completely sweating, I politely knocked on his door just as he was taking off as fast as a bus could go.
Q. You want to be remembered for …?
The day one of our albums comes out is always a really cool day, because you realize you've put something into the world that will always exist, long after you're gone.
Q. Of those who've come before, the most inspirational?
Ayn Rand, Albert Einstein and Joe Strummer.
Q. The creative masterpiece you wish bore your signature?
Chuck Close's portrait of his wife, Leslie. The entire thing is made out of thumbprints.
Q. The best piece of advice you actually followed?
My dad taught me that in any group of people, 10 percent are completely out of their minds. They're called “Ten-Percenters.” If you have 10 people, one of them is going to be completely wrong, completely stupid or crazy, about everything they think or say or do.
Q. The best thing you ever bought, stole or borrowed?
When I was a kid I took a grape from the grocery store and ate it. My mom made me go back and tell the cashier lady what I'd done. It was the most humiliating experience of my life. I've never stolen since.
Q. Your dinner guest at the Ritz would be?
Winston Churchill. Because he's the funniest man who ever lived.
Q. Time travel: where, when and why?
I had a long talk with a particle physicist about this, just the other day. It's all about wormholes – skipping from one point in space-time to another. We could create our own wormhole, but that would require so much energy that it probably could never happen. It would need an engine the size of, like, the sun.
Q. What are you working on now?
Releasing the second half of our last album. We took the 11 songs on the album and recorded them in two completely different ways. It's called “The Sun and the Moon.” The “Sun” side was more acoustic and organic, more produced, lighter and upbeat. Now we are releasing the “Moon” side. It is darker, more synthetic, more raw and unproduced.