Charles Trippy on We the Kings Being No. 1 on iTunes, Pissing off Beyonce Fans [INTERVIEW]

Ever had one of those nights when you were sitting in your underwear, eating generic raviolis from a can and your editor contacts you and says, “(insert your name), I need you to call up one of the hottest rock stars on the planet right now and get his side of the story on a controversy involving iTunes, Twitter and Beyonce!”?

If you haven’t, I highly recommend you try it sometime; it’s surreal.

And that’s how I found myself talking with Charles Trippy, bassist for We The Kings, the band whose album “Somewhere, Somehow” is currently at the top/near top of the iTunes charts, depending on how you feel about swear words (full story here).

In addition to being an indie rock god who gets into verbal fisticuffs with overly sensitive Beyonce fans, Charles is also one half of the mega-popular YouTube channel CTFxC. The other half of that channel is his wife Alli (well, really a fourth if you give their dogs Zoey and Marley producer credit — and I do); their series “Internet Killed Television” (revenge for that poor bastard radio star, I suspect) is an unvarnished and awesomely funny look at being young and married — and damn near everything that entails. I definitely know the feeling — right now my wife is screaming for me to put clothes on because I’m grossing out the neighbors.

Maybe if I got to be No. 1 on the iTunes charts, I wouldn’t have such problems? Although, I learned in my brief phone call with Charles that when you are No. 1 on the iTunes charts, you have a whole different set of problems — rabid, crazed-Beyonce-fan problems. Hmm, I think I’d rather have the underwear problems.

So NMR was hoping to get your take on this whole crazy story …

Charles Trippy: Of course. What’s the story?

That Beyonce fans kind of blew up at you on Twitter on this whole album thing.

Oh yeah, that. That was kind of funny.

What exactly happened with that?

Our album went to No. 1. It beat out Beyonce because on the European charts, they don’t show explicit albums for whatever reason. So when we got screenshots and we checked ourselves, it showed that we were above Beyonce. In a sense, we were technically above Beyonce because her of non-explicit album — we sold more. So people kind of jumped down my throat saying we didn’t beat the explicit album. But in my opinion, it’s not my problem that iTunes filters out the explicit albums, so it was an honest mistake by me. But it was funny, because when you go to Apple’s website, it showed that we were No. 1. So it was one of those things.

I feel like you guys are No. 1 if that’s how iTunes does their accounting, you know what I mean?

I mean, considering that we don’t have a label — we did all this ourselves — I don’t care if we’re 1 or 10. That we’re even on the chart, alone, it’s a win for us.

To be up on the charts fighting against Beyonce for No. 1 is its own kind of success.

Exactly! That’s what we thought. We’re ahead of the new Beatles thing. We all grew up listening to the Beatles, so that’s one of those things that gives you goosebumps when you think about it. You know what I mean?

Yeah, man, that’s trippy!

Yeah, no pun intended.

Now you guys all kind of mentioned that you were going to get matching tattoos if the album went to No. 1. Is that still going to happen?

That’s still happening. I actually just called my tattoo artist, the guy that’s done all my tattoos in the past. We have a hometown show on the 29th — we do every year — and everyone’s flying in for the show, so we’re scheduling that. I mean, I’m definitely 100 percent keeping that, and I know Travis is 100 percent keeping that deal.

All in all, I’ll chalk this night up as a win.

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