HE FINALLY RELEASED AN ALBUM IN 2016 – BUT IT WAS A FORMER BANDMATE THAT BLEW RAY AWAY...
YOUR 2016: ‘HELL YEAH’ OR ‘FUCK NO’?
“Definitely more ‘hell yeah’! It’s been super exciting getting my record [Remember The Laughter] out after putting so much work into it. I spent probably the first half of the year focusing on it, getting the final mixing and mastering done, and after that there was a lot of work around the set up for the release, so it really has been a huge thing in my life. I’ve actually been quite happy to take a break from writing and thinking about making new music, and it’s been fun getting ready to tour the record. I did it all at home by myself, so recently I’ve gotten to play with other musicians for the first time in ages, and I’ve been having such a good time with that!”
HOW DID IT FEEL WHEN REMEMBER THE LAUGHTER RECEIVED A GLOWING RECEPTION?
“Oh, just incredible, way better than I could have ever expected. Before it came out I was kind of worrying about how different it sounds, compared to what people might expect going by my previous work, and the greatest thing for me has been the amount of people saying that yeah, it’s an unexpected sound, but they really love what I’m doing.”
WITH IT BEING THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BLACK PARADE, WAS IT A NOSTALGIC YEAR?
“It was, yeah.any time an anniversary like that rolls around you start thinking about where you were when you made it, what else was going on in your life, and certainly the camaraderie you were feeling with these other people. It also gives you the opportunity to take a step back and look at things with a different perspective. Obviously at the time we were making it we had no idea what would really happen, but even after the success it had I don’t think any of us really understood the impact it had on people until now.”
WHAT WAS THE BEST SHOW YOU ATTENDED?
“I didn’t go to many, but the best was seeing Frank [Iero] with my family when he played in LA. Each time I see him live, there’s just so much growth in how he plays and sings, and his songwriting just gets better and better. It’s awesome to watch – he was born to make the music he makes, and it’s a cool thing to see.”
WHICH CELEBRITY DEATH MOST AFFECTED YOU?
“It would have to be Gene Wilder.to me, he really represented childhood innocence, as Willy Wonka, certainly, but in other roles, too, such as the movies he made with Mel Brooks. He brought this really human level to his comedy, and I love how he spent his life wanting to make people happy.this year has been full of so much political strife and the ‘me versus them’ attitude, and when I heard that he had died I felt like we had lost a really good human spirit. I think the world could do with a lot more people like him.”
WHOSE ALBUM BLEW YOUR MIND?
“Honestly, I gotta go with Frank again! Parachutes is an amazing record – I feel like he took everything that he learned from [side-project] Leathermouth and the experience of making [debut album] .Stomachaches., and, like I said before, the elevation in his songwriting craft jumps out at you. I like that he’s focused so much on singing, too; my favourite parts of the record are where everything has been broken down and you can really hear his voice. I’d actually love to hear him make a record that’s just him and his guitar.”
WHAT MOST MADE YOU LAUGH?
“It’s gotta be my son! At four, he’s already developing this great sense of humour, which has been a really magical thing.the stuff that comes out of his mouth blows us away. He’s operating on a whole different level of logic, and he loves to put smiles on people’s faces. And when it comes to perfectly-timed farts, he has it down!”