Stamps: What’s in a name?


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Pump-It Up: Stamps perform an electrifying set


Staff Writer

The Stamps, a Los Angeles rock band, performed Thursday at Baldwin as part of the John Lennon Tour Bus and High School Nation tour. Vocalist Ren Patrick, drummer Adam James, guitarist Dave Cavalier, and bassist Rob Shore sat down for an interview with The Purbalite.

Question: How did you come up with your name?

Patrick: We came up with a bunch of dumb names and everyone kept fighting about it until we finally came across Stamps. We picked Stamps because we stick on you.

Cavalier: Okay, I’m gonna turn the question around on you guys. Would you still like Adam Levine if his band name was still Kara’s Flowers?

Q. What was the weirdest thing that ever happened to you guys in concert?

James: I was playing the drums and one of the cymbals broke and fell off and sliced an amp cord.

Q. Why did you want to be a part of the Lennon Bus Tour?

Patrick: We feel so passionately about keeping music and the arts in schools.

Q. Who are your inspirations?

Patrick: Paul McCartney, The Strokes.

Q. What were your first concerts?

Patrick: The B-52s.

James: My first concert was a Christian rock show.

Q. Have you ever been to Pittsburgh before?

James: Yes, we have. We’ve opened up for Tommy & the High Pilots here.

Q. Who are some artists that you would like to work with?

James: Maroon 5, Capital Cities, and No Doubt.

Photo by Shane Becker
Pump-It Up: Lead singer Ren Patrick and fellow band members perform a set for students
Photo by Shane Becker
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