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This time around we spoke with Joel about the new album, how the writing process was affected by founding member Alex leaving, and talked their tour that finished last week with 8123 mate Nick Santino. Read on for our exclusive and be prepared for plenty of news from these guys in 2015!
So to start it off, you're currently on tour with 8123 bands and playing as main support for Nick Santino. How do you think it's been going so far?
Joel: The tour? It's been going great! I mean it's been so laid back and easy because we're on tour with a bunch of 8123 artists who are our friends. So it's been going amazingly. Especially with it being an acoustic show, this is something that we don't really do too often but when we do, it's usually a very easy going tour. So everything's been really great this run. Fans have been amazing. It's been nice for us to be back out on the road because we haven't done something in like over half a year. So we're very happy with how's it being going!
Perfect then while it has been a while since you put out your last full length album, I know you just released the new song, "Talk To Talk". Is that an indicator of a new album coming or is that still awhile away?
Joel: That was more or less us just wanting to put out a song. We didn't really want to put any kind of label on it. We just kind of wanted to put out a song to show our fans that we were still here and we're still doing stuff. We were kind of forced into a break this summer so we just wanted to give them something new. We are working on the record. We're not exactly sure when it's going to be done. We're kind of just playing things by ear but the plan is to get back home from this tour and then finish up tracking vocals because that's really the only thing that's left. So we'll try to finish up the vocals then start doing our mixing. Working on the album art. Getting all our ducks into a row. The goal is to try and get something out early next year. Spring the latest. So that's when fans can be expecting to start hearing some new stuff from us.
Then considering you've been doing this band for so long, is the songwriting changing? I know there was a slight line up change but do you feel it is changing or was it not really affecting the writing process?
Joel: It was affected a little bit. Alex was pretty involved in the songwriting process but it didn't feel too much different. With this new record, the three of us just put ourselves into a room for two weeks. I mean we gave ourselves two weeks and that's it. To write a full record because with "Biography of Heartbreak", we had so much time. So it was different in that regard. With a time limit but it didn't really change in our roles really. We just kind of did the same kind of collaborative thing that we did with the last record. I think it worked out pretty well. With "Biography of Heartbreak", usually it would be like Sean had an idea with a guitar riff and then him and I would get together and write a melody and lyrics. Stuff like that. Then we'd bring it to Alex and he'd kind of do his thing with it. Then we'd all add our bits and pieces. With this new record, it was Ryan, Sean and I in a room together. We would kind of just jam out a song and kind of see where it took us. Then we would kind of add on like the melody and lyrics. So it was slightly different but it still felt pretty This Century.
Then at least to me, "Talk To Talk" seems like kind of a departure from your previous style. Do you feel the style has changed a lot with whatever is coming out with this new record or do you think it's pretty similar?
Joel: It's changed quite a bit. It's a bit of a different sound. If you were to compare it to "Biography of Heartbreak", it is for sure. I still think it sounds like This Century. It's just not dressed the same way as "Biography". That record is a very rhythmic, polished, pop/top 40 kind of sounding record. So with this one, we kind of were like let's just make the music that we like. I mean we loved "Biography" but it's been a little bit since we released it. Maybe our tastes have changed or it's just us getting older. So I mean we kind of just decided to go with it. I think fans are going to love it. It still sounds like This Century. It's got the same fun melodies and all that jazz but it's just dressed a little bit different. I would say we're going towards our roots again with the feel that we had in our first record, "Sound of Fire". It's not the same as "Sound of Fire". It's hard to explain so you'll just have to wait and see!
Perfect then I know you still have a little bit to go on this run but what is coming up? Are you just going to be focusing on getting the album out, do you think you're going to tour again pretty soon? What's the plan?
Joel: Yeah we're definitely planning on touring. Now that we're pretty much almost done with the album. Once we're finished with that record and have all that ready to go, the plan is just to tour as much as we possibly can. I mean that's always been the goal for us as a band. My vocal issues have kind of been a huge but all of that, it really shouldn't be an issue now that surgery is out of the way and all that stuff. So the plan is to do the record, tour as much as we possibly can. We don't really have any tours lined up as of now but again, we're taking it one thing at a time. Once it comes time to start working on putting together a tour, we'll do that.