We’re really happy to have you back on these shores for the Every Time I Die Tour. How’re you guys feeling in anticipation of it?
We’re excited about it. It’s been about a year since we were over there, so it should be cool.
When composing your setlist do you feel a tendency to perform songs from your latest album or do you like to delve further back to your EPs?
Well, we try to mix it up, but we don’t play songs from the EPs all that often. Mostly because we’re just more comfortable playing/singing stuff from the 2 LPs. But every now and then we play an older song or two.
Ours Is Chrome has been a phenomenal album, what is different for you on it from Jar?
I appreciate that. I think the biggest difference for me is just my memories surrounding the writing/recording of the record. I’d imagine that’s probably the case for most musicians, but I could be wrong. But I don’t think the difference, musically speaking, is all that drastic, to be honest. The songs are about different things, but I don’t think there are too many differences between them.
Do you know much of the UK emo/grunge scene? Are there any bands old and new you particularly like?
Not particularly. I really like a band over there called Chain of Flowers. We played some shows with them a couple years back, and they were great.
How are the shows different here that you’ve noticed from your last gigs on these shores?
I’m assuming you mean different from shows in the US? Honestly, they’re not all that different. People attending shows in the UK maybe seem a little more grateful to the bands that travel there to play, I think. At least it comes across that way to me. I always really enjoy playing UK shows.
Are you guys still involved with the scene back home? Is there much of one? Do you still go out to local shows?
Yeah, of course. None of us really do that much, so it’s not like we’re too busy to go to shows at home. If anything, we end up missing a decent amount of shows we’d like to attend, due to being on tour so much. But when we’re home, I’d say we all attend shows pretty regularly.
When writing new music do you find the need to gather influences from your contemporaries or do you feel that you’ve reached a point where you can write independently of ‘the scene’?
I don’t think anything like that has ever been a super conscious thing for us. We’ve never been like “yo, lets sound like this” or “we need a song that sounds like that.” For us, I think we just kind of write songs, and then form them together. Obviously there are influences, but I don’t think anyone in the band is too hung up on stuff like that.
Is there going to be another Tuesdays with Little Tay?
Ugh, I hate that dumbass name. The thing with TWT is that it only happens when the timing is appropriate. RFC is located about 6 hours from where I live. So if Alex is in my area, or I’m in their area, and the timing makes sense, that’s when those episodes take place. So, I’d imagine it will happen again, eventually. But it relies heavily on time and place.
What’s your favourite song to perform live from my favourite release of yours: Jar? (I promise I still love Ours Is Chrome)
Probably Sponge. Around the Railing is another one that’s pretty fun to play, when we actually play it.
UK Quiz question: What is a cheeky Nando’s?
I don’t know. Nando’s is my spot though.