You made this EP after you extended the Blood Tour. What drove you to do that?
“When we returned from what we thought was the end of the Blood Tour, and then almost immediately had plans to go out again, but there were a few months between those plans where we felt it appropriate to release some music, being that we’d been out [on tour] so long on the same music. It didn’t work out that way on the timeline, because we wrote – as we tend to do – countless songs for The Missing Man EP. I don’t know how many songs we wrote but far more than five, so by the time the songs were culled down to the five that we chose, we were already on the road. But they’re finally coming out and I’m very happy with the songs themselves.”
Was there any less pressure making the EP compared to the album?
“Honestly, no. It was quite the opposite, because we were trying to get the music out before we left for the tour, so there was lots of pressure for the timeline that we didn’t need. So we were working under pressure, and diligently, to try to write four or five songs that were worthy of releasing immediately on the heels of Blood, which we were very happy with. It’s always daunting writing new music, because it’s a matter of challenging yourself and finding something that we’re happy with that we feel represents us at the time.”
Were none of these songs demos from The Blood Album, then?
“No. There were a lot of songs written for Blood – and even [2013’s] Burials – that I was really hoping we could release, but we started writing, and new songs kept coming and kept coming, and generally the new shiny thing is more exciting for us to put out – even if no-one would know otherwise that the songs they hadn’t heard were older! But these were all written after Blood.”
“IT’S ALWAYS DAUNTING WRITING NEW MUSIC…” DAVEY HAVOK