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With so many strong creative personalities involved, how did you guys approach songwriting?

Once it stopped being just a cover band, it became more of a place for people to bring songs that they didn't feel fit with their other projects. Later it ended up being more collaborative.

I think there is a perception that Golden Smog is just a loose, fun side project. Do you guys take it seriously?

Golden Smog: A side project to be taken very, very seriously.
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Golden Smog: A side project to be taken very, very seriously.
Saviours: "We won't go on tour with, like, Trivium or some bullshit fucking metal band."
Saviours: "We won't go on tour with, like, Trivium or some bullshit fucking metal band."

Yeah, we do take it very seriously. That's kind of hard for people to comprehend usually, but it is the case. It is fun, but it's still music and everybody takes pride in that — especially from the creative and original-songwriting standpoint. But as far as the business is concerned, and any aspirations of stardom, no one really takes those things too seriously.

Is that why you guys have been able to coexist and work well together for so long without egos getting in the way?

It's more of a relief of pressure from your normal music career, and it's a thing we're doing together as friends. When the whole thing started, it was like we were getting together anyway, so we decided we might as well make music instead of just sitting around in the bar playing cards.
Shae Moseley

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