By Jeremy Essig
By Jason Robinson
By Hans Morgenstern
By Joseph Hess
By Peter Gilstrap
By Julia Burch
By Jeremy Essig
By Nathan Smith
You guys just took your longest break, three years, in between this record and Heaven is Whenever. Would you say this helped refresh you in any way?
For sure. It was a much needed break. Let's face it: The pace at which we were going was awesome and a total blast. But I think we were all aware that we weren't going to be able to maintain that forever. At some point, the momentum of things starts to carry you along, and you are in a place where you're more reacting to what's happening than making deliberate decisions. I think we really needed to come up for air a little bit and catch our breath.
With this tour, you are playing smaller rooms than you would normally book. What's the idea behind that?
Just getting out after having a few years off. Now that we have a new record finished, it's a matter of getting out and having this mechanism spring back to life. If you're playing festivals and huge rooms, and you're playing new material, you don't really get an idea as to how things are working in the live show. So to finish the record and go out and play some new material at shows — for me, it's nice to have the opportunity to do that in a more intimate setting. It's a little more controlled than a larger show.
As far as the setlists go, your tenth anniversary is this year. Do you plan on digging deep into some older stuff as well?
We're going to be doing a little bit of both. We're excited to get out and play some new songs, and we're excited to kind of reflect and look back a little bit at some of the records and songs we haven't played in a couple years. But for the most part, we're going out with the idea that we have a new record coming out and we have written a bunch of new songs. Now let's just go play them live.