Your live rendition of “Monster” is pretty popular amongst your fans. Are there any plans to re-record it?
We’re playing like a jam version of it. We’re just extending it, really. It’s such a fun song and it’s got a really good beat to it. It’s kind of fun to just jam on, so maybe we’ll do some live recordings or something like that later on down the road. Live recordings are always a little tough to get sounding right, but maybe we’ll do that on this next run.
So, last night you had your StageIt concert and you dedicated a new song to those who were affected by the horrible tragedy in Newtown, CT. What initially inspired that song, and what do you hope listeners take away from it?
The initial inspiration, I was sitting in Starbucks one day and there was like a little cork board next to the table we were sitting at and it’s got all these missing faces on it. And I never really thought about it until then, like, “Man, this is insane. There’s this six-year-old kid and no one knows where she is.” That was kind of the inspiration for the song. It kind of came out the next day.
I actually drove up to a top of a hill and wrote the song. It all happened really fast. I remember playing it for my wife that night, and she started bawling. I was like, “Uh, I don’t know what that means. I don’t know if that means it’s bad or good.” She was like, “It’s great, but it’s really sad.” And that’s the last thing that I ever want to do with my music is make people sad. I think that music should be fun and happy, and make you feel good. But this one was really deep. It’s a really deep song and it doesn’t end well, you know?
I thought when we were doing the StageIt show and with everything that happened, I was like, “You know what, if I play this song, this is like one of the times it actually makes sense. All the stuff that happened in Connecticut and with Sandy Hook, it was so, so devastating and should not have happened, and is so crazy that I just wanted to give a little “We’re thinking about you” type of song. And I thought it definitely hit home for some of those people.
The song definitely caused a response. I came across it last night on Twitter and your fans seemed pretty moved by it. And listening to it, it is really sad, but I thought it was really poignant in that moment.