A glimmer of resolve appears from within. Yet his demeanor is so obviously weighed down by the past, that despite his best attempts, he cannot outrun or escape the burden of memory. There was a freedom in being able to say I still like having a good time. People are proud of their music tastes. So the album and writing these lyrics was one part necessity and another part a fun adventure of figuring out how to repurpose all these really shitty things that happened in my life into something that felt like I had purpose in.
We all wanted to reflect that accurately through the making of the record. Startlingly, this is not a one-way conversation. Does it feel a lot different than when you released your first album? So we scrapped that whole song, but I knew I always wanted to come back to working that chorus out. I cried on stage, I think for the first time ever. All he can do is stumble through a deluge of memories until he finds his way back to the surface. To be candid, we felt that on the first album in a lot of ways.
So I know you went through some stuff in between records, which shows up on the album a lot. I like to categorize things in that way. Thus, Jacobs finally opens the floodgates: Here, we are told the heartwrenching story that has been dragging his entire being, wearing and tearing at his soul these past few years. My parents got married when they were 18, and her parents had gotten married when they were 18. I ended up grabbing a piece of the end, pitching it up and using this guitar sample. It was what everybody in my family did, and has continued to do. A tale as old as time plays out as Jacobs knowingly engages when he ought to disengage; thirst outweighs control and results in a toxic mix.
That was kind of the thing. Jacobs: That was a song we started writing shortly after my mom had died, which was March 2016. The starkness of the lyrics informed the way we built off that original instrumentation. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. Jacobs: A lot nicer than living in it. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
It started out with a different instrumental that Jason had been working on. When you work as hard as we did on this album, you end up running into all kinds of strange little fun coincidences. Jacobs: It was easier to be mysterious than it was to come across as confident, normal folks who are just pursuing what we love to do, which is making music. The ending with the tones of gospel music comes from a place of Hayden and I growing up and playing music in church. Oh, yeah, I was dumbstruck Looking at it now, I can tell that I fucked up Did I run to the wrong side? Jason had made that instrumental flute thing. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood.
Some people do, but a lot of people are very specific about the kind of music they choose. Tension grows slowly, intensifying as Sir Sly draw it out, refusing to build to a release and instead keeping listeners in their own tense state. Does Chase Kensrue still tour with you guys? Can he really move on, or will he end up back on the floor, or worse — in the clouds? Suwito: Yeah, that was the funnest one. Did the idea for that song come first? People are always striving to have that levity, to be able to turn something tragic into something positive. I don't stand with an excelent band that are a bullshit with his fanbase to don't do a cd regular version of this album. So there is a bit of that, too. What if we took this here? They were so comfortable and nostalgic.
Is it better to be numb? As for the packaging, same as You Haunt Me, I love it especially the back cover and I still regret the lack of lyrics sheet, but still not a big deal at all. I was in the dream telling her how difficult life has been ever since she died. I realized I wanted something that was fun for people to come and see live. So we gave them a pat on the back and blessings. It was in the middle of writing. Either you live with demons inside of you or you have to figure a way to get them out. All these people were running around on set, working crazy and so hard.
Jacobs: He does not, unfortunately. The poem is like three times as long as the lyrics are in the song. We originally started making this album all about my fear and anxiety. We were in San Francisco. The Atwood team is made up of individuals from all over the world that are passionate about art and innovation. When Jason showed us the new instrumentals, I had also recently had a dream about my mom.
Even to make the songs the way we did, for me to write about the things I did lyrically, I had to take a leap of faith in some ways. And also they saw how hard we were working, too. Singing directly to her, Jacobs fills the airwaves with sadness. Music was always a safe place for me as a kid growing up. Did I run to the wrong side? Coplen: Did you see the Radiohead oral history that was out? Jacobs: It was one of the hardest days. Nobody is slacking off or not giving a shit.