Q&A JA­COBY SHAD­DIX

(VO­CALS)

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

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

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