How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
Usually starts with a line and we build from there. I have an iPhone full of them.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
To keep writing. It’s like exercising and anything that you practice. You get better the more you do it.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
Not really. We aren’t really that blatant with what we say. We always kind of beat around the bush. There’s something sexy in being ambiguous lyrically.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
“What you got is what I need, it’s the medicine to fix everything” from “Too Late Now” off our album “Medicine”.
What inspired “Bad News”, your latest single?
We were working with our producer on the new album and we needed another song. So, we sent him back to his hotel to get some rest since he just got in that day. we just started writing the groove and the lyrics just kind of started to spill out. We had the chorus “Bad News, I got my eyes on you” just came out, so we went for a modern day “Stalker” song. All in about 10 hours.
And “Bella Donna”?
“Bella” kind of came the same way. We were looking for a groove like “Love Me Two Times” by the doors. My grandfather passed away so I was sitting in his house by myself and it was so empty. I was just sitting there drinking a 12 pack of Busch Light playing my acoustic and the riff came out. When I got back to the studio and played it for the guys it was done in maybe 2 hours.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Say It For The Last Time”?
Oh yea. It’s another one that came pretty quick. I wanted something sing along-y and anthemic. Seemed to work out.
What was the best moment of your career? And the most difficult one?
There’s been a few, but the one that stands out is the time I filled in for Jim Morrison when Robby Krieger went out for the 50th anniversary of the Doors when his singer he had, got sick. We were opening some dates on the road for it. It was incredible. We got our name from them describing Jim in his “Black Moods”. So being asked to sing for one of my all time favorite bands was incredible.
The most difficult, was this last tour when our trailer axle was bent. We didn’t have a day off anywhere to get it fixed so we went through about 10 tires in 4 weeks.
What are your plans for 2019?
To work our asses off and have the most successful year we’ve ever had.
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- Define in one word your latest single “Bad News”: Sexy.
- The best show you ever played: New Years Eve show in our home town of Tempe, AZ. First show of the year and it was amazing.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Jameson.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: The Gin Blossoms, New Miserable Experience and the Counting Crows August and Everything after.
- Your favorite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: “Found Out About You” by the Gin Blossoms.
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: Don’t get married 🙂