MEB: You guys have an upcoming album, Ashes to Ashes, being released on July 8th. Kinda wanted to ask you what the album is going to be about. What are some of the themes?
Alex: Lyrically I wanted to write more real life related experiences and I wanted to be able to reach out to our listeners, especially the ones who have gone through rough times in their life, whether it be depression or drug abuse or self harm, all that stuff. I kind of touch on that and give them an outlet for their emotion with our music rather than acting on it or hurting themselves you know? That kind of thing.
You were quoted that this album is a lot more positive than your past works. Wanted to ask you to go a little more in depth about that. You kind of touched base on that right now.
A: It’s definitely got a positive vibe. It’s definitely got the darker, Chelsea Grin feel you know what I mean? But overall it’s kind of like a message to, like I said, the fans to let them know that I’ve been there and other people have been there and they don’t have to be alone.
Ashes to Ashes will actually be released 3 years after your previous record. What have you guys been doing in that time?
Pablo: Well, we released the Evolve EP in 2012 and that was right when Jason [Richardson] joined the band so I think there was a transition in sound. Then I joined the band.
A: We kinda just had to get used to each other, you know?
P: Yeah, yeah.
A: We just had to get that vibe going.
P: We needed to really figure out what we wanted to do and it’s here.
A: Yeah, we did it! Finally! (laughs)
And since you just mentioned the transitioning of different band members, how was the writing process different than past ones?
A: It was awesome actually! It was the first album that Pablo was able to write on and he’d write a song and send it to me. Then Jason would write a song and send it to me. Dan [Jones] would write a song and then send it to me. We kinda just trimmed the fat, then helped each other restructure and basically put down vocals. We rocked and rolled.
Tell me about your single “Clockwork”.
A: The pre-pro name was actually called “Sad In G” because it’s kinda just got like that sad-y kind of vibe. I was thinking like “I’m 23 now and when I first started touring I was 17” and it’s just crazy how the years have flown by and I kinda wanted to write a song about, you know, growing older and how it goes way too fast and all that kind of stuff.
This is actually you guys’ second year on Warped Tour. How is this experience different from the first one?
P: We brought sunscreen! (Laughs)
A: (Laughs) Yeah, we were more prepared this time. This tour is seriously a dream come true for all of us. We’ve all loved this tour for so long and it’s just really cool to be on it.
What is your favorite memory of the tour so far?
A: So far?
P: Last night! (Laughs)
A: Yeah, Vegas was cool. (Laughs)
A lot of people have been saying “Vegas”.
A: (Laughs) That’s funny! Umm, as far as shows go, they’ve all been really incredible and it’s just fun to meet new people and bands, tour with bands that you never would be able to tour with, just network with so many different kinds of people.
Have you guys made friends with some of the bands on the tour?
A: You know, it’s funny because we pretty much know, well not all of them, but we know a lot of the bands already. Like, there were a lot of the same bands from two years ago. A lot of the same bands were on it, so it’s just reconnecting with a bunch of homies really.
A: And homie-ettes!
And what is your advice for any band that’s determined to make it on the Warped Tour? Whether they’re on the tour this year as a newbie or they’re trying to get on Warped Tour?
A: You just gotta do all your signings. I mean, if you’re a new band on Warped and you’re on one of the smaller stages, like, I see people walking around with signs all the time and selling their record.
P: They’re working hard.
A: You just gotta get out there and talk to the kids. You gotta make yourself known.