I heard there are a lot of explanations going on in the studio. can you confirm?
We are in the studio recording drums right now. We're getting really in depth... but Branden is doing some really insane detailed drumming... so the way we talk about the drum parts to each other has been hilarious at times.
Is the show still happening in NYC Saturday? There's a huge storm coming and I saw you changed tomorrow's show.
The only show that is cancelled due to weather is Eat Your Heart out fest in Poughkeepsie. OUr show that was originally tomorrow in CT has been postponed til sunday. Same venue (el n gee in new london)
Which will rule, because we combined with some other bands and With Honor, Make do and Mend, Life in your Way, Hostage Calm, and My Heart To Joy are all playing with us. Sick show.
I'm a long-time fan, ever since 7A7P's stuff. I've always felt that Misery Signals was representative of my generation. The melodic tensions (droning, percussive rhythms complimented by delicate, consistent melodies) and lyrics represented more than teenage Angst or political awareness, but they somehow conveyed a feeling of turbulence. Of course, most albums also contain a realist's dash of hope. I love your music for it; it rewards as many listens as you give it. So I guess I'm saying thank you for all the music, and I appreciate the effort you put into the record.
The question, I guess, is: Is any of this intentional? Do you focus on any struggle or theme when writing music? Or do you just let whatever is weighing on you at the time shape the record (and let the long chemistry of the musicians just work out the melodies)?
Thanking you for everything,
Thanks man, really happy to hear when the music has it's intended effect.
Intentional? Partially. We try and write from the heart. It's a dark fucking reality we live in, but we find ways to live hopeful happy lives. I think your description nails it, and I'm glad you are getting that from the songs.
I have this question about the album Mirrors. It says that "Thank you Patrick for what you have done." What exactly did Patrick Stump did for you? just a curiosity.
Also, will there be any guest vocals on the new album?
Patrick Stump, singer of Fall Out Boy, Sings on a "One Day I'll Stay Home" on the album Mirrors. At the time we pressed the record, his label hadn't cleared him to actually appear on the record yet. So we couldn't put him in the credits directly. So we just thanked him and hoped people would catch on.
FOB are friends of ours. We went to their New York show a couple days ago, it was sick.
what made you guys decide to record an album after such a long hiatus?
We weren't on an official hiatus or anything, we've just had a lot of variables in our lives that required some time where the band had to be less active.
It was always our intention to continue and make this album. We're really happy to be finally doing it.
Hey Karl and Ryan, hope all is well. Couple of questions really. So how do you go about writing your songs, as detailed and complex as they are; do you make use of things such as Guitar Pro to aid you, or do you simply jam riffs in a band environment to formulate songs. Any tips in regards to songwriting for the not so experienced musician? Plus when do you reckon you guys will be coming to the UK? You've become one of my favorite bands over the past few months, and until now have never had the opportunity to see you! Thank you, and good luck with the record!
Songs start on guitar... just by playing the god damn thing, not programming it. Sometimes i record little riffs and things to make sure i remember them. Then jamming the ideas along with the band until it becomes cool. Greg wrote some of the material on the new album by recording stuff and programming drum ideas to present to the band. Guitar pro ain't our style... it's a good tool to help you remember how riffs are played if you need it, but i think it's a bad idea to write guitar stuff via midi cause it'll give you a weird, unnatural perspective.
Will you guys play This Year Summer Ended In June? I haven't heard you guys play that since Jesse left.
We stopped playing that song for a while after Jesse left the band. It is profoundly personal to him... but it's also effected a lot of listeners, and is important to them as well. When a band puts a song out, it sortof ceases to belong to just them.
We put it back into the set and play it often.
Thank your for answering. I'm a FOB fan too, and got pretty excited after finding out you are with him on Fuck City Records.
I have so many questions! hahaha
Will there be new press on Misery Signals EP? What's the status on Burning Empires?
Did you ever get asked to play in Brazil? If so, what did not work out for you to come?
I wish you would be touring this summer, it's because I am coming to North America again.
We will probably never press the EP again. If anything, maybe rerecord a song or something.
Burning Empires is putting out our EP, now that Mis Sigs is no longer on a label, we are allowed to do so. it'll be up for sale on merchnow.com super soon. like within the week probably. we are selling copies of the vinyl on this tour.
we've never played brazil but i would love to. i train brazilian jiu jistu and would love to come train down there too.