That’s what I love! I love peaking out in a song, that moment when you’re playing it live, or when you’re a fan and you’re listening to a song, you are just elated. You feel the sense of joy or relief. That’s what I was trying to do with a lot of these songs on the record. To the point where it almost becomes a formula on the record but it’s a formula that I absolutely adore so.
People have compared it to Snow Patrol and Coldplay, I get a lot of people comparing it to a lot of UK and European sounds. And to me, yeah it does but those weren’t my influences. My influences were the same influences that they have, Echo And The Bunnymen, U2 mid- to late-'80s even early '90s British bands. Yes it does reflect that sound but it didn’t come from those bands, it came from the same place that those bands got their inspiration from. I’m just getting into the game a little later than those guys.
What are your lyrical influences?
I don’t really have lyrical influences. I am a melody person, to the point that there are some songs that I love, and I couldn’t for the life of me tell you what they are singing about. Like certain words will stick out, but I enjoy the song as a whole; where the vocals are just another instrument. I was never really a singer-songwriter person so I am not the kind of person who walks around with a notebook, writing poetry, or writing lyrics all the time. I write music first then however I can get lyrics to fit into that. Lyrics are the last part of the equation. I’ll hum melodies over, and over, and over until I find words that start to make sense, within the frame work of that melody. I like the music to exist as a whole where the guitar line melody is just as important as the vocal melody.
So when you were talking about building a song, you weren’t talking about the lyrics alone, you were talking about the entire song.