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I think the general direction was trying to follow the themes that Mike had set out for the songs, a lot more.
In the past it’s been, “Hey, let’s write all these songs,” and then he’ll have an idea that kind of correlates with it and then put that over them lyrically and vocally.
JD: We always say, every time, that we want to do something we haven’t done and push the boundaries even further and obviously every band tries to do that.
But it’s very easy for a band like us to get landlocked into this kind of “metal” type sound and those kind of things, and there’s just so much already laid out in front of us that has already been done - it’s very easy to just fall into that.
It kind of doesn’t even feel like something that I wrote ‘cause I don’t really feel that connected to it, so I can look at it from the outside.
That song scratches a certain itch for me right now and I really like the themes that Mike is thinking about in it. AXS: You’re about to launch the new tour - what’s different about this one? When people come and spend their hard earned money to go to a concert they expect to be entertained.
Via phone, the talented musician dished details on the new album, secrets about the tour, personal revelations and more.
AXS: dropped earlier in the day - how does it feel to get it out there?
The band has continued its tradition of evolution with each new album, the latest being marked the first time that band members created in and lived in a communal, full time space. 11), the band is hitting the road with Memphis May Fire, in support of the new album.
Jeremy De Poyster: It feels very surreal, like last night, seeing it pop up on i Tunes and everybody sitting around the house and buying it.
It’s weird because you spend so long working on something, you pour everything into it and then it’s like, “Ok guys, we’ll get this out in about seven months,” and you’re like, “What?!
Just the normalcies, and the bars you like to go to, and your dogs, and your house, and everything that you can very easily take for granted if you’re around it all time. AXS: When you lose that sense of familiarity and have that discomfort aspect, do you feel displaced? Mike especially, and all of us, just seem to have anxiety.
So you wonder, psychologically, is that something that we just naturally have, so we gravitate toward each other?