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Known as Trickside, the Mendelsohn brothers are making waves with their new single, Under You. Represented by Christina Aguilera's former management team, these guys are well on their way to conquering the Billboard charts...

Lindzi.com: When did you recognize that you were interested in music?

Dave: The weird thing is that our parents are not at all musical. They were concerned about us getting a well rounded education. My dad played a lot of classical music and he'd quiz us on who the composers were. Then, we started listening to our parent's record collection. That really spoke to us. When I went to college, I had some time to think about what I'd be doing for the rest of my life... scary time. That's when I realized that this was something I really wanted to do. I formed my first band during those years.

Jeff: It started at an early age. I used to take piano lessons when I was eight. My mom would bring me out at family gatherings. I've always been performing. I love to do it. It's in my blood. No, I don't think it was ever a reality that it was something I could make a living at. I was playing bars and clubs as an outlet to let out some steam and be creative.

Lindzi.com: When did you two get Trickside together?

Jeff: Dave and I took a vacation together. We started an impromptu jam session on the beach. This was at 12 o'clock at night when everyone was supposed to be at the disco. Nobody was in there. Everybody was outside listening to us play. They were singing along. The chief of the village came up to us the next day and asked if we'd want to come back for a free vacation and play as the "house band."

Dave: We've always wanted to do something together. We have the same friends. We're really close. It just happened to work out now.

Lindzi.com: Where'd you come up with the name Trickside?

Dave: Trickside was actually a game the two of us used to play when we were kids. It involved different cards. It's the type of game where you have to shout it out and it stuck in our mind. We thought it would be a cool name for a band. So many names are taken already. It's hard to find things these days. That one was original and it fit the music pretty well. For a while, we were called "Good Dog." We were trying to think of a name and we passed by a dog walker who had six or seven dogs. Two seconds later, we passed more dogs and said, "Let's be Good Dog!" Of course, the record label didn't like it. We went through a lot of different names, but Trickside was the one that stuck.

Lindzi.com: Tell us about your upcoming album.

Jeff: It's eclectic. It's got pop, rock, a little harder edge sometimes. Songs like Avalon and Hollywood have pretty deep meanings. I think everybody will like this album. We've been writing songs for a while. We've written about 300 songs between the two of us. Each song is our baby. It's true. They're a piece of us. I'm so proud of it. I was saying to our record company, "I'm so psyched for this record. If we sell one record and I'm the one who buys it, I'll still feel good. In twenty years, I'll still be able to put this record in." Of course, I probably shouldn't have said that to the label. They're like, "No! Not only one record!" Music evokes so many emotions from people. If someone gets something out of it, that'll be enough for me.

Lindzi.com: Your first single, Under You, sounds similar to LFO's sound. You agree?

Jeff: I'm not familiar enough with their music. I've only heard that one song -- "The Abercrombie & Fitch song". It definitely has a fun, upbeat, summery feel, like LFO's song. Did you know that Under You started as a demo? When Wind Up Records got ahold of it, they started playing it for radio people and they started flipping out. They didn't want to change anything. Dave and I were set to re-record it. We were concerned about that because we had been sitting with it for a while.

Lindzi.com: What was it like making the video for it?

Jeff: It was one of the most amazing days of our lives! All these people were doating on me. Tons of people partying to our music. Not just because they were in the video. They were really digging it. I'll tell you something. I hate to be in a room with people listening to my CD. Obviously, if I'm performing, that's the greatest place for me. However, if we're hanging out and someone wants to listen to the CD, I have to leave the room.

Lindzi.com: What was it like hearing yourself on the radio for the first time?

Dave: We had a show up in Hartford and we heard them play our song. It was special. It's one of those moments in life that you will always remember. We were playing a festival up there and I remember them saying, "That was Trickside and they're playing tonight at the Riverfest. And I hear they're really cute!" We were like, "Aw, man. That's a lot to live up to." It's a weird label to have. It's flattering. However, we're serious about our music.

Lindzi.com: Is there ever sibling rivalry?

Dave: Absolutely. Jeff and I have a close, intense relationship. We spend every second of the day together, which is a testimate to how well we get along. We fight a lot and there's some tension here and there, but that's something we've been dealing with for a long time. It could be tiny things like who left their shoes out over night to major things like what songs should be on the record.

Lindzi.com: Other than music, what are your hobbies?

Dave: I like to cook. I watch the Food Network a lot. I'm also into golf.

Jeff: We're big cooks. Growing up, my mother and I would cook when my dad was at work. We learned from the best cook -- our mother! I'm also a certified scuba diver.

Lindzi.com: You two are going to make some woman very happy one day! {laughs} Okay, we've reached the signature question... What drives you insane?

Jeff: I'm a pretty mellow dude, but when other people get stressed out about nothing, that drives me nuts. They'll get so worked up over the littlest things.

Dave: When people aren't unique and conform to the masses. Individuality is a great thing.

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