How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
Well once we have the music written, Andre and Emory normally sit down and send each other ideas and put together what seems best for the song. It’s easy for us to set egos aside for the band.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
Listening to everyones ideas and being open to trying new things. Like if any of us suggest something to each other we listen. We’re all musicians, and just want to make a great band to remember.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
Not at all. We don’t normally write super obvious songs. But there are some of our songs that are about personally events. Like our song “New York” on our split with our friends BrighterDays is about when our guitarist and lead vocalists Andre Judge’s dads cousin John died.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
“Dim my eyes, Cleanse in fire, I’ve seen the light fall short of reflection,
Right at the shadows edge.” Our song ‘Blinding Lights‘, it’s just really deep and dark. It’s about taking a look at ones self erasing negativity. Leaving your shadow “Demons/Past” in the past.
What inspired “Blinding Lights”, part of your latest album?
Well we’re actually working on a new EP which ‘Blinding Light’ will be on. We’ve been really excited to get a recording out.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Blinding Lights”?
Yes, it was right before our tour last July. To this day it’s our favorite song to play live.
Is there a link/a common theme among the songs of the new album?
Yes, all the songs that we’re recording tell a story about being lost, returning home, and finding yourself again. A lot of people get caught up in the band, or being in the band, that it’s hard to disconnect the two sometimes. Sometimes taking a step back and doing other things you love is all you need to find yourself again.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
We produce everything ourselves. Normally we take in consideration from experiences playing the songs live, back to the recording session. We don’t normally record songs before playing them live. That way we can get a feel for if we have fun playing them on stage, and how the crowd reacts.
What are your plans for 2019?
Just touring and putting out more music. We wanna make our goal this year to get more material out there for people to hear.
But also wanna play more shows to really become known in the region we’re in. 2020 we hope to play in the UK. But that’s a ways away.
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- Define in one word your album “Blinding Lights”: Dark.
- The best show you ever played: Syracuse at Sparks Art Space on Halloween. When people actually dance and mosh it’s always a great show. At this show everyone did both. It was awesome!
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Backup guitars always.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: Brand New’s “Your Favorite Weapon.”
- Your favorite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: “Hey, hey, hey, Mr. Hangman go get your rope, your daughters weren’t careful, I fear that I am a slippery slope”.
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: Communication… doesn’t get more simple than that.