We caught up with Get Married vocalist/guitarist Jaake Margo for a quick and dirty city guide to San Jose, CA. Read on below and make sure to check out Get Married's album 'Songs For The Sleepless' when it comes out Aug 17 via Wiretap Records and Asian Man Records!
PRT: What made you first fall in love with the city?
Jaake: Being born and raised here gives you a weird feeling where you feel like “I hate this town! San Jose sucks!!!” But if someone that isn’t from San Jose says something like that, you’re ready for fisticuffs, ready to go the distance.
PRT: If you had to come up with a marketing slogan for the city, what would it be?
Jaake: There’s more people here than just techies... we promise!
PRT: Best place to play?
Jaake: The Art Boutiki and Music Hall on Race Street
PRT: Best place to go for a late night drink after the show?
Jaake: Oh god... depends on the day. Bars in San Jose are an absolute nightmare on the weekends. Go on a Tuesday, Khartoum in Campbell. The less people the better.
PRT: Best place to go for a late night snack after the drink after the show?
Jaake: It used to be this 24 hour diner named Jimmys but they burned down and a tire flew through the window once. Now it’s probably... taco bravo.
PRT: Best touristy thing to do in the city?
Jaake: The Winchester Mystery House! Or the big ass monopoly board downtown!
PRT: Best hidden spot in the city?
Jaake: There’s a bagel shop with a broken ladder protecter that you can remove and climb up to the top of and see the whole City when no one is around.
PRT: One thing you would like to see changed in the city?
Jaake: More affordable for us. It’s too expensive. Just walking around the block cost $666.
PRT: What's your best memory about the city?
Jaake: Playing my first rock show at nickel city, a crumby nickel arcade, when I was 14!
PRT: Where in the city did you get your heart broken?
Jaake: A Safeway parking lot, among other places.
PRT: Is there a historical fact about your city that makes you chuckle?
Jaake: HOMETOWN OF SMASH MOUTH
PRT: Favorite song about your city you'd like to share, either yours or someone else's?
Jaake: Every song I’ve ever written is somewhat about San Jose. The only song I can think of about it that I didn’t write is “Do you know the way to San Jose” or “Cavities” by Just Friends.
PRT: Your new album is being co-released by Wiretap Records and Asian Man Records, the latter of which has been a staple in the punk scene for almost three decades now. What kind of influence do you think a label like that has had on your local scene?
Jaake: Well, Mike has been around and had a hand in the scene for as long as I can remember. I’ve seen him play nickel city, he’s come to so many shows, and helped out in every way he can. I think having Mike around makes everything in the scene feel a little bit more legitimate, if that makes sense.