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This is the first night of this run, the AP Tour! The three things you must have with you while on tour to survive?
I must have sunscreen because of my tattoos. I’m crazy and I converted Kevin so he’s just as crazy as me now. We use a lot of hand sanitizer for the van and sunglasses. Everything revolves around sun with us. I hate being in the sun and when you’re driving and you don’t have sunglasses, yeah we’re pretty crazy about having sunglasses all the time.
Then you guys have had an obviously pretty wild year and a half to two years. It’s really picked up for you guys. Then now you’re doing this tour. Pretty much all four bands have a really good following right now but in a little bit of different genres from each other. Maybe do you have any expectations for this run being the AP tour or being with this group of bands?
We’re just super excited for this tour. The tours that we have done were like Sleeping With Sirens and Pierce then we did New Found Glory and Warped Tour so we’ve never done a true like pop-punk, pop-rock tour. We always kind of think that that’s more our audience but we’ve never done it so we don’t know but we’re like super excited. Real Friends are just good friends of ours, As It Is we toured with over in the UK like recently then Warped Tour. Then we’ve never really went out with Mayday other than Warped but we’ve always looked up to them. So it’s pretty awesome. We’re really excited for this one.
Perfect! Then your debut record Clouded has been out for a little while now. Is this something where you’re still waiting a little bit to maybe put out a new record or is this something you’re already working on?
Yeah after this tour, we’re actually going to write the new record and go and record it. So yeah when we got home from Warped Tour, we just were writing nonstop. Trying to get as many as possible then after this tour, we’re going to keep writing. The last CD was kind of funny how it got thrown together. We were a full band and we wanted to go acoustic so we wrote songs as fast as we possibly could to go into the studio as fast as we could. So we recorded ten songs and we wrote ten songs. Which I don’t like doing. So this time we’re trying to write like twenty songs and picking the ten best out of them. The ones we’re most confident with. I’m really excited for the new stuff.
And is it something with the writing that you guys write every song together or do you each bring your own ideas to the table?
Yeah we each bring our own ideas. I don’t do anything with lyrics and melody, that’s all Kevin. Usually, I come up with riffs. I record two hundred riffs on my phone I send them all to Kevin. Hey do you like any of these? I’m good at coming up with things and he’s good at structure and I am not. I have no structure. My structure would mean that there would just be a twenty minute drum solo in every song because that’s what I like. So he structures them and I usually come up with them. That’s usually the process. We never really write together.
Yeah we always write at our homes then I’ll record my part, he’ll record his part. Then we go in and we listen to them together but coming up with songs we’ve never done it in the same room.
It’s really weird. The process is very weird.
Do you think that is a good thing? Like maybe being on your own helps you as a band?
Yeah it’s worked so far. I think what’s important is that we both have the same idea of what we want but we both are very different when it comes to writing. We each want different things. Our songs come out from good compromises. Like he is always going to want really distorted guitars and a tele and I hate teles. I’m always going to want a Strat. It’s funny how it always works out to where by the time the song is done, we each look back and we love it. But when we were building it, we each had two different songs in mind. And that’s been every one of our songs. It’s kind of weird how we work together. It’s strange.
Then maybe to end it off, like you said after this tour, you’re going to be working on the next record. You just started this tour today you haven’t even played a set yet. So maybe what is coming up? It’s quite a long run! Are you just going to be focusing on getting the record done once this tour is over?
Yeah all our focus is on that. We’re going to Europe with Sleeping With Sirens in February. So we have a lot of time off. Luckily we did this in a good way. We’re focusing all our attentions on this tour, minds on this tour because we gave ourselves a lot of time off after this to write. I know a lot of bands have to write on the road and we just didn’t want to do that. We wanted to give the tour all our attention then give the writing all of our attention so after this, we’ll be good!