Since you guys already had one full-length album under your belt with On Your Side, did the writing and recording process come a little bit easier with Wild & Free?
The first one, we were kind of excited to just put out an album. We hadn’t done anything. So, we just kind of rushed it. It came out great and we’re all very happy with On Your Side, but with Wild & Free, we had a lot more time to focus and write, and we had a lot more time to record it.
I think the first one was a little more stressful, maybe, and Wild & Free was a bit more relaxed. But I wouldn’t really say that either one was easier, I think they both were the same, but I think we were trying to set ourselves apart with this new one and coming out with kind of like a new version of our band with this new album. So, we were particular with what we were coming out with, you know?
Definitely. I went back and listened to On Your Side, and I think there’s a lot of growth to be found with the songs on That Old Feeling. As a music fan, I think it’s great when a band takes a risk with their sound and doesn’t just aim to make the same record over and over and over again.
Yeah, it’s good. I mean, we wanted to make a change, but not change too much to where it’s a whole different band, but I think a gradual growth is always a good thing with music. I think people would get kind of sick of listening to the same album over and over and over again, if you keep coming out with the same album, you know? Which, in some cases it works, depending on your band, but I think for the most part, I feel like a lot of people want a little bit of growth. It’s kind of cool seeing a band change a little bit.
You guys teamed with producer Mark Bright to work on this record. How did working with Mark come about and how was the experience working with him?
Mark actually heard a song that Justin and I wrote with our friend, and he allowed him to hear a demo. And this is before we met Mark or even knew of him. He contacted the head of our label saying, “I heard this song, and I want to hear more from these guys.” So, we ended up giving him more demos that we wrote. Once we got together, we were in Nashville meeting him, and we fell in love with him. He’s a great guy. The connection we had when we first met him was this crazy awesome, like we felt like we had known each other for years kind of feeling.