To start things off, I wanted to talk about the three singles that you guys have put out, as well as the remix for “Same Mistakes”. This might be kind of an obvious question, but when can people expect an EP or an album? Essentially, what can people expect as a follow-up to three really stellar singles?
Well, I believe the tentative schedule that we’re working on is that we’re going to release three singles leading up to an album release. That’s hopefully going to be this year, probably in the summer sometime. We’re just not sure of an exact date for that yet, or for the singles, for that matter. But we’re working on a schedule and the release plan. We’ve put three singles out, and there’s twelve songs on the album, and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.
So you guys have already recorded the album then?
Yeah. We finished recording not too long ago. The first album is ready to go!
In that case, when you’re releasing these singles, are you releasing them in the order that you recorded them, or is there a different kind of structure to the release schedule?
Well, we’re still having those conversations. As far as those three singles go, I think we were even talking about putting out “Same Mistakes” first, but the overall call was like, “No, ‘Cities [In Wonder]’ is the right move. ‘Cities’ is the one to lead with.” We actually shot a music video for “Cities”. We’re going to be reintroducing that track for people that might not have found it yet. There’s a whole world of people out there, and we’re trying to find fresh ears and fresh faces.
We shot a lot of music videos, and I’m very excited to roll out this album. Over the course of this year, it’s going to be my dream come true.
Without giving too much away, since you’re going to be releasing more news as time goes on, would you say that there’s any kind of lyrical theme that ties the songs on this upcoming album together?
You know, the lyrical theme…every single song on the album is about a real life event in my life, be them happy or traumatic. Every single song is about a real life event, from a real life date, a specific moment in time. I touch on everything from substance abuse, my marriage and divorce, and I touch on things like the death of a family friend from when I was in high school. It’s pretty heavy stuff, but they’re also just masked with melodies and lyrics. They’re big catchy rock songs, but they have deeply personal meanings to me and my life.
Definitely. I found it very interesting to hear that in songs like “Same Mistakes”. It’s this very upbeat and positive indie/alternative rock song. But then the lyrics take on these deeper subjects and darker concepts. I thought that was a really interesting concept.
Yeah, man. “Same Mistakes” is definitely about a real night. (laughs) I think I’ve told this story so many times, but it’s a night that I went out in Wilmington, North Carolina, where I was living at the time. Essentially, I got way too drunk, got arrested, got my head beat [sic] in by the cops. I got stitched up at the hospital, and then they threw me in a jail cell. So it was an incredible night. (laughs)
You said earlier that you have music videos coming out. Given that you’ve said that there are a lot of stories going on within each of these songs, what do the videos add to that experience for the listener in regards to understanding these songs? Are they very literal in that meaning? Or is it more metaphorical?
No, the videos absolutely tell the story. That’s the beautiful thing about it! We’re telling the story with music, lyrics, and visuals. There are so many exciting things that we are working on with the videos. I mean, not every one of them are carbon copies of what happened, but definitely the main singles and driven to show the listener a glimpse of what happened on that particular day. I can’t wait for you guys to check out the videos.
I feel like music videos are starting to make a much bigger comeback. I see so many bands starting to utilize them now as storytelling tools. There was awhile where people weren’t using them at all.
Yeah! Storytelling is the most important thing for any artist, especially if you’re writing music. And you’re right, there was a period of time where music videos weren’t really telling a story. It’s that kind of thing that I think draws people in and gets them to pay attention. That’s what we really hope to do with this record.