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Javier Reyes of Animals As Leaders faces the firing squad

Javier Reyes

First question is: who the fuck are you and why should we care?

Javier: My name is Javier Reyes and I play in Animals As Leaders. You should give a fuck because, I’m tight, I play guitar well, or people seem to think so.

Would you rather have gills or wings?

Javier: Wings. So I can fly. I’d rather be able to fly than swim. I have tubes in my ears, so it’d make the gills useless.

Which song of yours would you like to see Nickelback cover?

Javier: Um…They’d need more strings and/or more fingers! They probably couldn’t cover us. I dunno, “Physical Education”. There you go.

What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

Javier: Skydive. I did it outside of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for the first time. Since then I’ve done it two more times, but yeah it was pretty scary. You’re 13,000 feet in the air, there’s people jumping out of the plane and you’re like ‘oh shit’.

Simon: Was that tandem?

Javier: Yeah, that was tandem.

What incident from your childhood do your parents still talk about to this day?

Javier: One time my dad was opening up a restaurant in Georgetown, DC. Me and two of my siblings were throwing water balloons to people on the street. And we hit this lady who wasn’t very stoked about it. So she called the cops, we took off running to go home. The police had shown up to the restaurant my dad was working on, he had undocumented people working, and then he didn’t have a permit to do all the construction work that he was gonna do. So he got shut down, $10,000 fine and a night in jail. Just from a water balloon. Yeah, I got punished.

If you could time travel to any gig in history, what would you go and see?

Javier: Probably a Pink Floyd show, super theatrical productions. Any Pink Floyd show from the 70s or 80s.

Would you rather have a vagina on your forehead or a row of penises down your back like a stegosaurus?

Javier: Vagina on my forehead. *laughs* I gotta look at it in the mirror.

Simon: Some people said they could wear a hat to cover it up.

Javier: I would just keep it where it is. Play with it. Scratching my head would be a whole different experience. You would just stay doing it.

If you could play in any fictional location, where would you play?

Javier: Terminator time. The future, I guess, yeah.

Simon: So long as they have amps there.

Javier: Right, like hook up to a Terminator.

What’s the weirdest thing a fan has ever said to you?

Javier: I dunno, they’re positive for the most part.

Simon: It’s normally online where you get the weird stuff, yeah. Do you normally look at your Facebook page?

Javier: I do from time to time. I usually try and keep it for friends though. I would say one of the curveballs, not the weirdest, but was some kid just said “Hey, I just found out I have cancer today, just wanna say thanks for making your music”. I was like, that’s fuckin’…I dunno how to respond to that. That was heavy rather than weird.

What’s the least accurate thing you’ve read about your band in print?

Javier: Tosin’s name, the spelling. They always get it wrong.

Simon: Yeah, it’s only ten letters in total!

Javier: I know, people always get it wrong though.

What was your favourite cartoon when you were a kid?

Javier: Mighty Mouse. You can sing the song too!

Which is your favourite European country?

Javier: It’s hard to say. Germany’s pretty cool, Switzerland’s really cool, pretty women! And the shows in the UK are also really good too. But I think, Germany.

We’ll have a review of AAL’s set in the coming weeks as we continue our Euroblast 2014 coverage.