April 15, 2013 Leave a comment
Eric- Hey, can you please introduce yourself?
Andrew- I’m Andrew, and I play drums.
E- You recently came out with your album, Wild & Free. How has the reaction been?
A- Great so far, at least from what I can tell via twitter and instagram and all that. Our fans have been really positive.
E- Do you plan on going on tour to support your new album? If so, where, when and with who?
A- Yes we do! We are going out with The Maine this summer for a couple of months. It’s going to be great. They’re some of our closest friends, and also one of my personal favorite bands. I consider myself a fan, and am always happy to share a stage with those guys.
E- This album was a very different sound then we were accustomed to. You guys touched on Rock, Country & Pop in this album. What influenced your sound to change so much?
A- Just growing up a bit, I think. We obviously took a long time to make our second record, but in the end, we feel like it accurately represents where we’ve been at as people recently. We listen to a lot of different music, country being one of the styles, and of course, rock and pop being among them. We just do what comes naturally, honestly. Then we hope that people grow with us.
E- Many of your songs sounded very emotional. Which song is the one that brought out the emotion in each one of you?
A- It has to be “Another Set of Wings.” That song has a darkness to it that we haven’t explored before, a certain melancholy and sadness that really touches me when I hear it. But it’s a positive message, in the end.
E- One of my favorite songs on the album is “Another Set Of Wings”. Who is that song about?
A- Well, it’s about experiences that many of us go through, having a sick loved one and being afraid we’re going to lose them. We’ve all been there, which is why it resonates so much. We all had a big scare a couple of years ago when Nick nearly lost his dad Bernie, who is a good friend and is like family to us all. It was a tough time for Nick and his family, and I think he learned a lot from going through it. Thankfully he recovered and is doing great now, but it was one of those experiences that reminded us all how fragile and unpredictable life can be.
E- “Call It All Home” was a bonus track for your fans who chose to buy the deluxe edition. I was one of those people and I love that track. Listening to it was like listening to your biography. How was it to step back and look at how far you’ve come? What are the major changes in your life over that time span?
A- That’s one of my favorite songs. We have a funny way of putting b-sides out that become fan favorites! It’s cool for all of us to listen to that song and reflect on the things we’ve been through as a group. We’ve been through so much in a short time, seen so many places, met so many people, it’s truly a gift. We always wanted to address the fact that we’re from different parts of the country, and we felt like this was the way to do it. Since we don’t have a “hometown” as a group, we wanted to let people know how important our extended families were in every part of the country, and how lucky we feel to be able to call it home, as it were.
E- I know that for each album that comes out and for each 13 songs that are actually added to the album, there are countless amounts that are scrapped. Approximately how many songs were written to get you to the 17 on this album?
A- I lost track somewhere along the line, but it was a lot. Maybe 30+? There are still a couple of songs that get stuck in my head every once in a while that I’d love to revisit for the next record. It’s only natural that some good ones fall by the wayside, but hopefully they’re not gone forever.
E- Who wrote most of the songs for this album?
A- Nick and Justin write the songs together, often with co-writers. Halvo and I put our touches on them once the idea is formed and demoed out. I feel lucky to be in a band with two songwriters like Nick and Justin, I learn a lot from watching them.
E- You have been on numerous tours throughout your years, what are 3 essentials that you always have to have with you on tour?
A- Computer has to be number one. It’s essential. Another important thing is your pillow. It helps to make you feel at home in foreign places. Lastly, I’ll say a good pair of running shoes. Exercise, and running in general, is a good way to keep your head on straight while on the road.
E- What is the coolest thing that a fan has ever done or said to you?
A- I’ve been lucky enough, between both bands I’ve played in throughout my music career, to see a lot of tattoos that were inspired by my band. There’s no feeling quite like it. As a music fan myself, and one who has two musical tribute tattoos, I know what it means and what kind of love and dedication it represents. I feel so thankful whenever I see a fan tattoo, and appreciative that someone would commemorate what our band means to them by putting it on themselves permanently.
E- Describe your perfect girl.
A- Natalie Portman, literally.
E- Anything else you want to tell your fans?
A- Just how thankful we are to all the ones who were patient and stuck by us while waiting for Wild & Free to come out. We know it was a long wait, and we know how lucky we are to have fans that were willing to wait. We hope everyone is enjoying it as much as we enjoyed making it, and we can’t wait to play these songs live for everyone.
E- Thanks so much for your time Andrew!