The band For All Those Sleeping are off to an incredible start of the 2014 year. With the release of their new album Incomplete Me, they have been relentlessly touring on Vans Warped Tour dominating the Monster Energy Stage. Fortunately, staff writer Emma Guido had the opportunity to sit and talk to the bassist and vocalist of the band, London Snetsinger, at Camden Warped Tour and talk about the band’s development and their successful third album.
MEB: First of all, screw “How’s Warped”, how are you? Touring must get crazy.
London: Well, Warped is great and I am great as well. Thank you for asking.
Your new album Incomplete Me came out in June. How has it been incorporating these new songs into your setlists?
It’s great. It definitely has a different feel from our last album but that’s the direction we wanted to go. We wanted to sound a lot heavier and more mature and I think we’ve accomplished it.
The album is a really big step for you guys. You can really see a lot of growth and change in it. When you first got in the studio what was your original game plan? Did anything change along the way?
We originally wanted the CD to sound more raw and organic. Nothing really changed because we went in with that plan and that was the outcome, so we were really happy with how it turned out.
What was the most difficult part of writing and recording?
I’d probably say the recording process just because we went insane sitting in a room forever and got really antsy, but the outcome was worth everything we had to go through.
How did each member of the band contribute to the album?
Basically Jared and David came up with a general idea [of the lyrics] and we all sat in a room to figure out exactly what we wanted to say on the CD. Ethan did his drums and Mike, David, Jared, and I sat down and talked about what our songs were going to be about and the message that we wanted to portray. I feel like we did a really good job with what we wanted to say.
I really liked the track “Sex, Drugs, and Empty Souls” on the new album, especially the lyrics. What inspired you to write a song about the music industry like that?
Because that is how it is. You can’t get past that. A lot of people think that [the lifestyle] doesn’t exist anymore but it’s totally what it is about. Everybody is out to get their own and being in a band is really hard.
Is that why you wrote the song, to expose it in a way?
Another great part of the record was the really solid refrains. Songs like “Crosses” and “Incomplete Me” had some really catchy hooks and lines. How did you collaborate and come up with them?
That was actually mostly David on those songs. He had some issues going through his head and that’s how he wanted to portray those songs. I’m really happy with the way they turned out. You can tell that there is a lot of emotion and drive behind them.
“Hell or Heaven” as well is a more melodic track on Incomplete Me. Was it harder to write songs like that or the ones that sound more like your consistent style?
I feel like for us, those songs come to us a bit easier than writing harder songs. We really enjoy writing melodies and singing. It was really fun to work with Jessica Ess on that song because I’ve never done a duet with a girl. I really enjoyed the experience.
From a personal standpoint, how do you feel you’ve improved since your last record?
I feel like it walks hand in hand with the fact that we’ve matured more and we know exactly what we want. We aren’t going to put up with bullshit from anybody anymore and we are just going to do us.
Now with your new record out and your great run on Warped Tour this year, what are your goals for the near future?
Just to keep touring and have more people listen to us. We want to be there for our fans. We are the band that loves talking to everybody. There is no one that we won’t talk to and we want to hear what everyone has to say. It’s a good feeling. We get really good feedback.
Do you have any memorable moments with fans?
There are way too many! Actually, yesterday I was attempting to give a girl a high five and I pulled away so she slapped me across the face.
Wow! Was it an accident?
No! She did it on purpose because I didn’t give her a high five. So that was a little ridiculous.
Did she apologize?
No! I don’t know if she was drunk or what the deal was but she did not apologize at all.
That’s so weird! Do you have any nicer fan moments? Anything memorable that is special to you and the band?
We have definitely met a few people that have tattoos of our lyrics. A lot of “Follow My Voice” lyrics that are tattooed on people. It’s really cool when people come up to us and show us. [It feels great] to be that impactful.
How that Warped Tour is halfway completed, do you have any future touring plans that you are allowed to talk about?
I can’t spill any beans but I will say there will be a tour in October.
Can you tell us where?
It will be a full United States tour but I can’t tell you with who yet!
Do you have anything else you would like to say before the interview ends? Anything for the fans?
Thank you guys for supporting us and we will always be there for you guys. We love you!