A couple months ago, you posted a cover of “Garden Party” on your blog. That song details Rick Nelson’s experience with a fanbase who wasn’t so open to a change in style and sound. When you covered that song, were you in some ways warning your fans that a musical shift was coming on The Midsummer Station?
I was certainly cognizant of it. Here’s how I can explain it: I was such a huge fan of Underoath. When they released that record They’re Only Chasing Safety, I remember thinking I wasn’t sure if I liked it. It was such a big leap. I wasn’t on the same page, but looking back at it, I realize I was looking at it and judging it selfishly. Given the age group of my fans, I wanted to put out a little bit of a hint that a change was going to happen. But I’m still the same guy; I wrote on my blog that it’s still the same canvas, just different colors. That song was my way of saying, I can’t keep everybody happy every second but this is something I truly believe in. I’m thrilled about this new music and what I’ve created. It’s not my record label telling me to do this or that. It’s what I really want to do. What Rick Nelson went through at that show, you can’t think too much about how everyone else is going to respond to your art. You just have to be you. ALT