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These guys won't be getting a holiday vacation anytime soon. Currently on a whirlwind of a tour, in promotion of their debut album, Soma Holiday, Greenwheel will soon be begging for a break. So, far they're good sports. While on the road with Hoobastank, Ryan Jordan (lead singer) and Andy Dwiggins (guitarist) of Greenwheel opened up their home away from home (an old RV) and hearts to us.

Despite being sick after an exhausting show, Ryan appeared to be in good spirits, the result of, he jokes, taking far too much cold medicine. Meanwhile, Andy used his southern charm to keep us entertained. We chatted about the music industry, fake people, and life on the road... and this was all before the interview even began. Take a peek into our conversation.

Lindzi.com: How has the tour been going?

Ryan: It's been lovely. It always fun to be out on the road playing our music. It's the reward every artist gets for people enjoying their music. It's tiring, but it's fun.

Andy: Yeah, Ryan is delirious right now.

Ryan: This is the calmest you'll ever catch me. I'm wired normally. Not wired like I am now. Wired like I'm bouncing off the walls.

Andy: All the audiences are young and energetic. It's cool to go on stage and have them identify with us. I'm more and more tired after every show. It takes so much energy. It's a great time.

Lindzi.com: What's the craziest thing you've done so far?

Ryan: Nothing really yet. A few things here and there. Nothing that would be appropriate. We had a crazy time in Virginia the other night...

Andy: ...Eight orgies in a row!

Ryan: It should've been. We played at James Madison University, which is 70% female and 30% male. After the show, this whole RV was filled with like the band and fifteen girls. We were like, "If we can't pick up girls in this town, something's wrong."

Andy: It's nice to have females around because it's normally ten guys crammed in this small area. It's not like we want to have mass orgies. It's just nice to have a female body around. They smell better. We stink and never shower.

Lindzi.com: Thanks for sharing. Among the craziness, how do you maintain a sense of reality on the road?

Ryan: Reality? We have no sense of reality, time, or what's going on the world. We turn on the news and are like, "What?"

Andy: None of us knew about that Enron thing. We came home and all this stuff had happened. We don't have TV's. We get the video game channel.

Lindzi.com: So, then you probably aren't aware that we're going to war.

Andy: I've been watching early morning when I wake up.

Ryan: We grab a USA Today to stay informed... the minor details... you know, war!

Lindzi.com: How large a role does music play in terms of getting you through times like these?

Ryan: It helps anybody out. That's what music is... it's the universal connection. You can put on a certain song and people connect.

Lindzi.com: When will you know Greenwheel's hit it big?

Andy: Probably when we have our own dance video game.

Ryan: That or... when people start stealing our underwear and selling it on EBay...

Lindzi.com: ...or when they start throwing it at you?

Ryan: My own underwear?

Lindzi.com: No, theirs!

Ryan: I've had that before.

Andy: Comes in handy too because we run out of clean.

Ryan: My mom threw hers up once because she's crazy.

Lindzi.com: What's life on the road like?

Ryan: It's a moving frat house. It's organized slightly, but it's not clean. It's a lot better than being in a van. You learn how to deal in a small space. It gets rough in the mornings when we have to get up at six and some people will be sleeping in the back. We'll rotate so that everyone is rested. You find a way to keep yourself occupied. We have video games and movies and books. 

Lindzi.com: What was the last thing you guys got in a fight over?

Ryan: Dunkin Donuts. Someone ate the last one. I don't think we've ever had a serious fight. We're like siblings. We have little arguments here and there.

Andy: Miscommunications... like, "Why'd you have to say it like that?" We're on edge sometimes.

Ryan: Sometimes you get annoyed that you don't have that personal space. It's not that you don't like each other. It's like a family. It's always over something small and we'll talk it out.

Andy: He's especially really good. If there's ever any type of tension, Ryan nips it in the butt right away. He clears it right out of the water.

Lindzi.com: Describe each other for me.

Ryan: Sexy. I don't know. Kind. [He's a] giving, caring, sweet person. He wouldn't hurt a fly if he were paid money to. He's a good listener. A hell of a musician and songwriter.

Andy: Ryan is the life of the party. He always has the best of intensions and is always putting others before himself. He's one of the most naturally talented people I've met.

Ryan: {jokingly hug each other} Lots of emotion going on right now.

Lindzi.com: Okay, let's talk about the music. What inspired your first single, Shelter?

Ryan: That's actually one of our oldest tunes. We used to be called Hindsight a long time ago. When we were recording this record, we showed our producer all of our old stuff. It ended up being the chorus.

Andy: I remember when we did it it was one of our first tunes. We all identified with it because it's that first feeling of leaving home and having to do something greater outside of high school. You have to figure something out and have a plan. Everyone has this pressure on them and they don't know what's going on or where to turn. It's that rebelling against growing up.

Ryan: I don't want grow up. I don't want to change.

Andy: You reach reality. You go to school for 12 years and you don't really get in touch with what life is really about. You're guided and told what to do. As soon as you get to that point where everything's in your hands, you flip out and don't know what's going on.

Ryan: I was flipping through a friend of mine's senior year book when I was home. They had this "Real World Page...." Like on "how to go grocery shopping" and "how to do your laundry." It was just funny. You spend so much time never really realizing what the real things are because you feel like you're being forced to do things. When you get out of that, that's when you start to develop as an individual.

Lindzi.com: It's interesting because you mentioned that high school isn't reality and, yet, you're now in an industry that doesn't feel real. What is that like?

Andy: It's unlike anything you learn in books. It's an experience that's psychological. You spend a lot of time within yourself because there's not much to extrovert except on the stage every night. We all have each other to talk to, but you become much more introverted. It's so hard to find personal time. You'll introvert yourself when you're hanging out with everybody else. You learn a lot about how to work with people in closed corners. You have to understand people who are trying to become close to you because what you are or because of who you are. You can't read or book or take a class on it.

Ryan: That's why we said we're not in touch with reality. I can remember times, after a show, everybody's tapping you on the back telling you they love you and then you get back on the RV and everybody's being normal. You think everybody's mad at you because you spent two hours being pampered. We come back here. We all know each other and we don't stroke each others egos. It's like, "Did I do something wrong?"

Andy: It's like, "No. You're just not being stroked anymore."

Ryan: You go to one extreme and then you go back to this. It's hard to stay in touch with social realities.

Lindzi.com: How do you deal with that?

Ryan: We all confide in each other or on the phone with family. It's humbling to most of us. We take everything in stride when they tell us how hot we are. It's flattering, but we're just five guys from St. Charles, Missouri. We're all strong and grounded.

Strong, grounded, and -- apparently -- in need of companionship. After we completed this interview, Ryan announced, "I need a cuddle buddy." My response? "Riiight. You have one in every town, I'm sure." Ryan and Andy proceeded to debate this "common misconception" for a bit before I eventually cut them off. Still unconvinced, I'm afraid. Forget debating. Forget politics. Stick to music, boys.

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