But on a lot of Pedro's songs, you approach topics with either a bit of humor or a lot of seriousness.
Of course. I'm a normal guy. I think. I have mood swings like everyone else, and it reflects on each song. I don't go out of my way to recreate myself. In fact, I do quite the opposite. Or at least, try to be honest with my audience.
You treat your audience in a very unique way. You ask them to ask you questions.
We're all on the same boat. I go and see bands I like and think, "I wonder what their biggest influence is," or, "What do they do when they aren't touring?" So I decided when I had the good fortune to be paid to play music, I would allow my fans to do what I couldn't. Ask the band a question.
You've probably had some pretty interesting questions thrown your way. What are some of the strange or odd questions that have been asked to you?
Well, I've been proposed to [laughter], and I've been asked what kind of underwear I wear. I once got asked if I realized I was balding. [laughter] That one kind of pissed me off, but I had to remember I opened that door. I love that part of the show, getting to know each other. And I'm not balding, by the way! [laughter]
Sure about that?
Sure you want this interview to continue? [laughter]
Yes. With all the different genres -- emo, punk, indie, etc. -- I find your songs to be╩good rock with smart lyrics. What would you use as your identifier, if any?
i╩think pigeonholing your band with "types" of music╩is silly. I play music. People who spend time trying to define themselves as this or that have way too much time on their hands. It seems premeditated to say, "my band plays this kind of music," or, "we're this kind of band." [laughter] But really,╩I play songs that I write. So...that makes me self-absorbed, and I╩grew a beard, so now I am a hippie, too, right? [more laughter]