You're playing UNIFY Gathering alongside the likes of The Amity Affliction, celebrating 15 years as a band, and Parkway Drive doing their 'A decade of Horizons' shows. Would you do anything like that?
Josh: “I think for us, because we’re so hyped on the new record, True View, we love playing new songs, so we’re on that high. But in five more years, whenever it’s the 10-year anniversary for [fourth album] Diamond, I’m sure we’ll play some shows. But, for us, we want to play songs live that we love playing to a crowd, and that a crowd loves hearing from us. So maybe we’ll do that with Diamond.”
How are the True View songs gone down live so far?
Jesse: “We’ve only really done it in Europe, and it went over great. That’s our biggest ‘market’, so I think that’s why this year is so exciting, because now we get to play it in Australia, and then our next tour is with Architects in the States, and so this will be the first time these brand-new songs will see these territories. So it’s always exciting. It’s nerve-wracking as well, because you just never know how people are going to react, but I love that.”
Josh: “And I think collectively we’re not so concerned on how it’s going to happen. I think there’s maybe a little more confidence walking onstage with these songs. Maybe we’re more confident in the songs than we have been in the past, or maybe it’s just because we’re more comfortable people. But it’s been awesome.”
What are your favourite memories from touring Australia?
Jesse: “Jumping off shit. Josh has got something that’s pre-Stick To Your Guns…”
Josh: “Yeah, I can’t talk about that (laughs).”
Jesse: “It’s funny, when I first came here, I was so excited. I was just like, ‘We’re going to fucking Australia, oh shit!’ And then I got off the plane in Perth, and my first reaction was, ‘(Shrugs) Looks like San Diego!’ But then that obviously ended up not being true once I actually explored it. We went to Surfers Paradise one time and we went diving, and it was a crazy day – there were turtles swimming around us, and then we went to the beach and there were dolphins in the waves, and I was just like, ‘What the fuck is going on? This is insane!’ It’s a fantasy land.”
Josh: “The first time I ever came to Australia, was in the early 2000s with one of my old bands, and Winston [McCall] from Parkway Drive was actually our merch guy and driver! And Parkway played a Byron Bay show and I think they covered a Bleeding Through song, and we were like, ‘Aww, that’s cute that Winston has a band’ (laughs). That first day we went swimming and they were like, ‘Hey, you guys like to jump off shit?’ and we were like, ‘Absolutely!’ and we instantly made great friends, and then within an hour [ex I Killed The Prom Queen vocalist] Crafter pissed on my head. And then he got a face full of human faeces from somewhere – I’m not going to say who from – and then I was like, ‘You know what? This place is pretty good!’ and I was a fan from that moment on (laughs). And then that night was the drummer’s birthday, or something like that, and then I can’t say anything because I don’t want to get them into trouble… but I think Australia’s always been one of those places that has that familiarity of home, but it has extreme differences that are almost comical. My experience is that it feels so light-hearted, and such a good time, that it’s one of those things that every time I come here, I’m like, ‘Alright, yeah!’ It doesn’t matter what goes wrong, it just feels good to be here.”
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