Absolutely. I was very excited about that. The first song we wrote was "(Per) Version of a Truth," and they came back with that (melody) dadada. I was like, awesome! The band's grown up! Somewhere in the last three years of fuckin' relentless touring, we grew up and came together and [there is] a real sense of family in the band now.
A sophomore release is always weird, because I think if you reach a level of success on your first record, people kind of want you to do the same thing. But if you do the same thing for a couple of records, people are like, “Fuck it. I just keep buying the same record.” But if you change, they're like, “Uh, they’re fuckin’ changed, man.” You can't win.
It's a crater from chicken pix when I was a kid. I always wore one for probably four or five months before that. I'd pour blood in it, go out on stage. The record company came and said, “We need to do something (for the MTV Awards).”
When you are involved in music on this level you can't keep tabs of everything and we have some really good people who work with us on that but on different levels we are all involved. Creatively, we have a lot of freedom with the label so it has been a real good experience. Both the business and the art of it has been pretty spread out and we have all been respectful with each other.
Absolutely. I mean, every touring musician goes through periods of being burned out or whatever and everybody has to deal with it but I think that we have an added advantage over other bands in that there is always that sense of freshness and change. We can always think about focusing on the future so you always have that inspiration that comes from knowing you are not locked in if you don't want to be. Our shows are still really fresh for us and that is really nice.
I mean, I would say that there are other classic Hard Rock/Metal bands that were more of an influence to me when I was younger but nobody my age could have grown up and not heard "Iron Man" or "Paranoid." I was more of an Ozzy fan than a SABBATH fan when I was younger.
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