10 years has gone by, what do you think you’ve learned in that time that has influenced your music?
-Jt: I’ve learned you should really go with your gut. As soon as you let other people try to influence your artistic ideas or processes, it’s not gonna be a good time. I know it can be scary when your career and passion are on the line, so you might listen to people around you more than your gut. I’m also not saying to ignore what people around you are saying, you just have to find a balance between what you truly believe is right and the outsider advice.
I was lucky to learn this fairly early on.
You new release Arizona will be out soon, what are you most excited about come release day?
-Jt: Well seeing how most of the songs are out already, I’m mostly just excited to finish the collection! We decided to release this ep one single at a time. Instead of having to wait until May, people got to get a little something new every week or so since we released the first single. It was definitely experimental, but I enjoyed giving each song special attention.
Is there any particular song at the moment that you’re in love with and why would that be?
-Jt: I couldn’t get the Panic At The Disco song “High Hopes” our of my head for the longest time, so I guess that one. It’s just stupid catchy and relatable. Kudos Brendon Urie.
How does this EP differ from your previous release The Incubus?
-Jt: There is a lot different with Arizona. This ep is the first collection of songs that isn’t a concept record since our last ep “Pick Your Poison” came out. It is also the first time we went into the studio with no material. It was literally all written at the studio. Usually we come into the studio incredibly prepared with a well thought out story, all the pre pros and demos etc... but this time, it was just us in a room coming up with songs. The vocal writing process wasn’t much different than it has been in the past, but the instrumental writing process was way different than anything we have ever done.
Did you guys have a concept in mind when writing this EP?
-Jt: We actually didn’t. The idea of just writing something close to us sort of developed as the instrumentals were being written. We went into the studio with NOTHING.
Will there be bundles or anything special fans can get with this release?
-Jt: Absolutely! We have some sick pre order bundles for “Arizona” that you can order at https://famouslastwords.merchnow.com
Are there any tours you can talk about at this time or will you be playing any summer festivals?
-Jt: We don’t have any festivals lined up, but we do have a headlining tour called The Lost Along The Way Tour, starting May 10th with support from Dayshell, Awake At Last, and At My Mercy. We will be playing some new songs and some old classics. We can’t wait to hit the road again.
Where do you see the band in another 10 years?
-Jt: I really have no idea. That’s all part of the adventure though! I can’t wait to see where this road will take us.
What would you like your band to be remembered by?
-Jt: I’d like us to be remembered by the lyrical content and messages I put into the songs. Hours, upon hours, upon more hours, have gone into the development of stories, characters, lyrics, lessons, and more, have gone into these songs. I strongly feel it was all for something. I think when people really listen to the lyrics and think about them, the songs have the potential to be eye opening.
Any last parting word of what fans can expect this year?
-Jt: We will definitely be hitting the road more, and I’m sure we will be back in the studio in no time.
Thank you all for the support, we love you guys!