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While the band has been through some line up changes, this band's formation is the one that will be staying together and the chemistry was clear on stage that night. Read on for our exclusive with Joe and catch them with The Mowgli's on a few select dates this July!
I believe this is the third show on this tour with The Hush Sound and Hockey.
Joe: This is the third show of this tour.
Maybe how did the first two go?
Joe: They went good. We hadn't played a show in six months? We played one show in February. Great time at the Mohegan Sun casino. We'd love to go back! They were good! The first two shows were good. Webster Hall is an intimidating room but it sounds awesome.
Mike: That was a phenomanal show.
Joe: Yeah and TLA is one of my favorite venues to play and Philly is awesome. Once we get out of the Northeast, it's going to start feeling like tour a little more. It feels like tour now.
Mike: It feels like we're already been on tour for like a week.
Joe: Yeah. Oh yeah.
Stressful. Well, this tour isn't too long right?
Joe: Yeah but they say a day on tour is like twelve days. Essentially. So, from show to show it feels like almost two weeks. It's that long of a day and like every hour is so structured. There's so many emotions that go through you in one day of tour.
Mike: There's so many different things.
Joe: Meeting so many different people in bands and adapting to that. Even though a three and a half week tour doesn't seem long, especially compared to last year, I know in my head and in my heart that three and a half weeks is going to take a number. In like a week from now, I'm going to feel like I haven't seen a break. I look forward to that.
Do you think you're going to slow down the touring this year considering how much you did tour?
Joe: Yeah, I mean already we didn't tour nearly as much as we did last year. I mean our record came out last year and now we're working on new material. We've had this time to work on it. We're touring. We're playing a new song on this tour and after this, I think we might do a little bit more touring for the year. It depends on what comes up but we're going to start working on a new record in September, October. So we'll definitely start working on a new record this fall/winter.
Mike: Considering how anxious we all are for it.
Mike: We all would love to start working on the next record.
Joe: Yeah, we got our first twenty four hour rehearsing spot. We started renting one at this place called Outer League. So what's great about that is now we have all this time to work on it for real. It's great we can go in at like eleven in the morning and not leave until eleven at night. Running a thirty minute set that whole time.
Well then maybe I know it hasn't even been a year yet since the last album but you said you're working on the new one.
Joe: Yeah absolutely.
You talked about it a little bit before but did the music change a bit from what it's been in the past few years?
Joe: Yeah but I think it's just going to be like that for every thing with the band. I mean we're changing as people. I'm changing as a writer and this is a different group of people that were working on this last record too and probably most of the records from here on out but even so I don't think that this next one will be the same as another one. I just think that's the way that we operate. We love music so much. There's so much to explore and you're always being influenced by people. People are always like 'What are you influences? What influences you?' Well, everything influences me. Everything influences us. Anybody you tour with influences you. Everything involuntarily influences you. The stuff that your friends listen to influences you and every now and then-
Mike: Stuff you hate!
Joe: Stuff you hate influences you.
Mike: It's true!
Joe: You pick up a little part of it and you say oh that's a cool idea we'll use that little piece.
Mike: This is an electic mix of people too.
Joe: It is, it is! It is different but I really think it works for the best. For this band and also this record that we'll be putting out next year. Yeah, I was going to say that's the first time that sentence came out of my mouth.
Joe: (laughs) Yeah.
Then like you were saying for this one, it's a different group of people. Do you think that is going to affect the writing process for this one?
Joe: Yeah! Yeah, I think it will. I think it already has. There's a lot more community. They tell you if you're not dating someone that wants you to be better, then you're dating the wrong person. If you're not in a band that you could be better in that you are right now, then you've already screwed and you want to be in a band that wants you to be better. I'm with the band that I want to be with and I know it's capable of being better and I'm capable of being better. We're pushing each other to be better and we're going to continue to push each other to do that. We love music and we know that we're working for something that's bigger then any of us as individuals.
Then maybe because we have interviewed a bunch over the years, to end it off, what is going to be coming up? Are you just going to be focusing on that record?
Joe: Yeah, we're going to be focusing on this record and a little bit of touring. We're going to do some Northeast stuff. The record is starting to take shape already. I was describing it to Mike. I was like you have the secret meaning of the CD and you go off into the woods one night and then one day, it's like the coming of the seasons, it's like all these people gathered up into robes and it's like brothers. I've felt it. It's awake, like the beast is awake. Like that's how it feels writing a record. It feels like this beast is starting to be realized because eventually, what's going to happen is you're going to be working on this record and you're going to be working on it and working on it and finish it. It's going to be totally out of your control. So I felt it wake up at me and I know that there's a record now and that's just the craziest feeling.