By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Steve Brennan
By Joseph Hess
By Allsion Babka
By Kelsey McClure
By RFT Music
By Christian Schaeffer
By Gabriel San Roman
I think some of the new album would sound great on country radio, right next to Keith Urban or Jack Ingram or, I'm sorry, Bon Jovi.[Laughs awkwardly] We have a weird niche. We've toured with New Found Glory and then with Pharaoh, people on opposite sides of the spectrum. Not being pigeonholed is good for us.
I like that it's a big, even slick, album.We wanted to take our time. This is our third album, we had a bigger budget, and so we filled things out. The last record we did in about two weeks. It was a stress-fest the whole time. This time, we were going for a bigger, more produced sound.
It's a good-natured album. One of my favorite lines is: "It's good to be good to people you don't understand." But then I was thinking: Sometimes you just have to tell those people to shut the fuck up.That might be your gut reaction...If a friend or a friend of a friend came into your room and was crying, you'd say, "Hey, what's going on?" But in other venues, you might want to say, "Shut the fuck up," or "Whatever, it's not my problem." But I don't know. There should be a way to feel the other side of it. Roy Kasten 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 5. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois. $15. 618-274-6720.