With Carolina Liar, I writing on the last record in Sweden and Chad was out there, the singer from Carolina Liar. And we ended up randomly meeting up and bar-hopping around Stockholm. And fast-forward to this tour and their name gets brought up, and I’m like, “That’s perfect.”
You bring up the fact that it’s a little bit of an eclectic line-up; I love that. I think we compliment each other. But, I think there’s something for everybody there. And as such, I’ve been to concerts where every band on the bill sounds the same, and it gets a little boring after a while, for me. I’ll go to see the headliner, but then to sit to three other bands that sound exactly the same, it’s like, “Okay…” On this tour, every band has their own identity, every artist has their own identity, and so there really is kind of that constant stimulus for the audience, which for somebody who likes going to concerts, I think that’s awesome.
I know the tour just started, but do you have a favorite song to play live off of This Loud Morning?
It changes every night. I think lately, I really enjoy playing our new single, “Fade Into Me,” which sounds like a plug, but it’s not; I really have enjoyed playing it. I think past that, I’m really excited about playing all these songs. Again, to be off the road for a year and a half and toiling in the studio and all that, the light at the end of the tunnel for me was like, “Okay, I’m going to get to play these songs live at some point.” To finally be there now, it’s kind of the gas in the tank for me.
You have a new lead guitar player, Devin Bronson, on tour with you guys now. What’s the onstage chemistry been like between him and the rest of the band?
Great! You know, I was worried when we made the change. My last guitar player, Neal, I’d known him for a long time. Neal got an opportunity that he had to take. We love him, and we wish him well. And so, we went through the audition process and Devin came in and really just did a great job, not only just playing guitar, obviously, he’s a good guitar player, but really acclimating himself to the group. I think he’s made a real seamless transition for us. I love having him out on the road; great hang, great guy. We’re kind of firing on all cylinders right now, it feels good.