Q&A JACOBY SHADDIX
This is the band’s 10th studio album. What do you put your longevity down to?
“It’s a testament to our fans supporting us. It’s great to get to know our fans through our music, how we are connected, and how we affect their lives. They in turn inspire us. Our approach has always been to make it personal, with the raw humanity and vulnerability we put into the music.”
Was there any pressure to follow the success of your last LP, Crooked Teeth?
“Someone once told me that comparison is the thief of joy, so we weren’t trying to recreate that record. Crooked Teeth was sort of a renaissance or statement record for us. We felt that either we were going to just keep making those kind of records forever or we were going to evolve. You have to take risks and you can’t always hit the mark every time, but on balance I think we do okay.”
Was the eclectic nature of the album intentional, then?
“It is very eclectic. It’s like musical ADD, but still an evolution for the album. It wasn’t necessarily a conscious decision, though – we just want to keep things fresh, loose and alive. We know there is a future for us because we’re still thriving with this youth culture – it’s all kids in the front row. Most of them probably weren’t even born when our shit first dropped, but we have that same intensity we always had.”
What was it about the theme of the title-track that lent itself to represent the album?
“People can take what they want from that statement, but for me it’s, ‘Trust your conscience, trust your gut.’ The message is to think for yourself and to trust in yourself, and the imagery of the title-track matches that. It’s the sea of information, all of it slightly out of focus, and you’re left floating, trying to decide for yourself.”
“WE HAVE THE SAME INTENSITY AS ALWAYS…” JACOBY SHADDIX