Brooks Paschal: The songs! I wrote "Profile" and sent a little demo to the guys. I was like, "Doesn't this sound like a Sullivan song?" All the dudes agreed and off we went.
Brooks: Totally different, we made the album ourselves. A lot of remote recording and bouncing back and forth ideas. Tyson flew in and we worked for a week at my studio. I mixed the album over the next six months; it was very unorthodox.
Brooks: Well, we signed to Spartan before the album was finished. I have always sent stuff to John for his feedback. I like his style. Truthfully, we had no expectations for the album. We were flattered Spartan wanted to be a part of it.
Brooks: I am! I usually pick up on things like that, but honestly I don't hear it. There is probably a song out there of theirs that I haven't heard that is similar, so it makes sense. They basically wrote all the good songs first.
Brooks: The story itself is totally fiction, but the scenery is loosely based on a house of a relative I used to stay with. I really wanted to paint the picture of smalltown America. It was probably the hardest song I've ever written as far as detail goes.
Brooks: You are right on both accounts. "Melanoma" was the last song written on the album, and I recorded and mixed it on my laptop while working in Florida. It was just one of those songs that happened. The overall idea was to write a song that sounded innocent enough but took a turn at the most unlikely place. It's really a conversation with death, and how you might reflect on things if faced with it.
"Statuette" was a prototypical Sullivan song, angry and mischievous. I wanted it to be a lot of fun, with a lot of evil mixed in. Yeah, it's basically based a person with an addiction, and we will never know if he succumbs to it, but he has some big plans!
Brooks: Time. We didn't stop making music, we just stopped making it together. We really figured out what we were good at, and we allowed ourselves to make an album with a natural progression.
Brooks: We will be out and about, there are a few things in the works. Touring is in our blood for sure.
Brooks: Some nerdy audio gear. I'm a producer/songwriter by day, so I'm always looking to expand my studio.
Brooks: Well first off, thank you very much. Being able to do things like this again means a lot to us. You take it for granted until you aren't in it anymore, so this is a very cool thing. Secondly, BUY OUR ALBUM!! (iTunes) In today's music market, it actually doesn't take a lot to make a splash. If we can perpetuate a little rock 'n roll in the world, then I would feel like we have all made a difference for future music lovers.
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