I don’t know ... but I think that the last album was about conflicts: We had a giant battle with our record company, they sued us for $30 million, we fought them for two years and subsequently made a film about it as well, called Artifact. But it was an album about conflict and survival. And this is an album that’s much more reflective. And it was made without the burden of a giant war on our shoulders, and it was actually really a lot of fun. It was exactly how it should be.
These songs are small pieces of a personal puzzle that equate to a cathartic hole—and that hole I feel can be generationally applied so on that small scale it's a really personal record. Lyrically, it's about me. It's about my life, and this idea that I tend to make excuses for fear of failure. I had to make excuses about why I wasn't going to get any better, why I wouldn't do anything bigger, why I was okay with being okay.
From a musical point of view, this album is very much a band album and I feel like my working relationship with the Sleeping Souls is in a really, really good place these days. Beyond that, from a lyrical perspective, it's a very personal kind of introspective record. There are various reasons why it worked out that way including events in my life. I never want to repeat myself so I didn't want to write another album about England. There's an almost detached thing about England Keep My Bones and I wanted to get something that was a little more roaring this time around.
I do hope—at this point, we’re looking at fall or winter—to have those open months. I need at least three months. The good thing is that I keep writing, whether it’s lyrics or melodies or rhythms or riffs. I do require some unbroken time to record the whole thing. That’s the thing about albums—you have to make them. I’ll release it after I finish making it, I think. I was going to try to put it out before it was recorded, but people advised me that it might not be a smart idea.
Abandon Kansas have premiered a new track entitled “You+Me+The Radio” along with announcing their new self-funded 3-song EP, A Midwest Summer, produced by Dustin Burnett. It can be streamed at Purevolume where you can watch a candid interview with the band. The EP will hit all digital retailers on June 11th. The release will act as a pre-cursor to the band’s full-length concept album, due out later in 2013.
PureVolume has posted another great video of comedian Grant Cotter interviewing musicians from the Warped Tour Kickoff show. This one has features Grant speaking with Dia Frampton about some of her favorite Warped memories.
PureVolume has posted another hilarious video of comedian Grant Cotter interviewing musicians from the Warped Tour Kickoff show. This one features Grant talking what to expect on Warped Tour and the New Zealand-Australia rivalry with Gin Wigmore.
PureVolume was invited recently to Buddy Nielsen's (Senses Fail) home. Nielsen went through his old band keepsakes, introduced his mom, talked about that one time he forgot lyrics on Late Night With Conan O'Brien.
PV:Everyone keeps jabbering on about a Smiths reunion. But wouldn’t a Smiths reunion be a pretty pathetic affair?
JM: Ha! I’ll give ‘em your number! Every day I get asked that question, and you can just have a special Batphone and answer the question for me!
PureVolumespoke with Dan Kjaer of Iceage and discussed the Danish youth, government, and punk rock in general.
I used to be political and stuff, but nowadays I just think that you should try to do what you think is right and have fun and do good work. Aside from that, I don’t think I have a philosophy that I can describe or believe in. But I believe in something. But I guess just with the band and stuff, we try to do really good music and do it in a way like no one else.
I mean all of my songs for the most part, with the exception of "The Temptation Of St. Anthony," are basically a love/apology letter to my ex-girlfriend who is on the cover of the album. We're still really close but it was pretty rough for a while there and I wrote it during those rough periods. There's very little metaphor, which has always been something we used. It's still on the record but it's pretty obvious what the songs are about and I'm happy with it. I think that's the way we wrote our early songs and some of the lyrics are pretty cringeworthy but it's honest. So it is for me an...
There was a period where we said, "Why say no? Let's keep the door open." But it's a lot of work to be in Texas is the Reason. [Laughs] It's so much fucking work and I can't have that window open while I'm focusing on other things, so I want that to be clear to the people who care about these shows. I don't want people to go, "Well, I thought they'd come back." Now that the songs are recorded and The Complete Collection is out, I really feel like our work here is done.