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sure. We thought some cities would react to us better than most, but overall we were surprised everywhere we went. We had an extremely supportive audience. They listened to us. They took some stickers, tshirts, and CD’s with them and they really enjoyed it. When we talked you could tell they were really listening and they appreciated the fact that it was so different. They would ask us what the influences are, what countries, where are we all from, and it was really cool. I was really happy that we were able to connect with people because sometimes you worry about if this going to be so out there. Is it something people will be able to connect to? Not everyone has the same background that we do, so it’s a thought that goes in your head. At the end of the day, you just do what you do and hope that people connect with it and in our case they did and I’m just very thankful for that. see the water moving or you could see the bombs going off on Earth. On “Luci” we had a really cool idea for a music video for that one and we actually thought it would be very cool to have what we like to call a “temptation style party.” People would come in we serve them certain food and drink that fits the night. Then the song gets performed and we would get two actors actually acting it out in front of you, acting out the dialog and every single scene. That was just a few of the ideas we’ve had whether it was music videos or just paintings or someone just acting it out dancing it out. We would love to do all of that stuff. Well, it would all fit so well with the album! I did see the video for “Mad World” which was cool. It actually reminded a little bit of The Wall from Pink Floyd honestly. The insignias and characters in it gave me a little flash back to some of that imagery. How did you come up with the concept for the video and how did you get to work with Nolan James on it? The concept was really from a conversation. The director, Ruthie, and Nolan have been friends. They’ve been working together for a while but the initial conversation I had was with Ruthie. She listened to the song and said this is how I kind of feel when I listen to it. I had my ideas and so we started bouncing ideas off of each other. Then we actually started talking to Nolan and we settled on animation style, settled on some imagery that we wanted. He started drawing up some frames and we had a couple of our vision meetings and just kind of went from there. We knew that we wanted something that was a little out there, so that’s the

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whole chicken head and all that kind of stuff. We knew that we didn’t necessarily want it to be final because there’s supposed to be two other videos that come out and they’re all supposed to tie in together. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to make that happen so there was this big grand vision that there’s still an apostrophe next to. We just kept bouncing ideas off each other and it just kind of settled that way. Cool, well it turned out great! I love it and I hope we can get more eventually! Thanks! To switch gears here a little bit, you’ve been out on the road, playing a lot it looks like. How do you enjoy the live experience? Is that something that you really enjoy? This is the best I can describe it; when you’re on stage and playing music, music doesn’t stop for anybody. That’s life happening right there. There’s no looking back. There’s no looking forward. All you have to do is play that note in the right place every time and it just makes you feel alive. It’s great to be able to, as many times as you play a song, simply because of the setting you’re in and the people who are there with you, all those energies together make a unique moment every single time and it’s very thrilling. It’s very rewarding and it feels like you get to realize a song over and over again and it’s just an amazing experience. And with your different sound, how has the reaction been from the new people coming to see your show for the first time? It’s actually been great! We weren’t

What question do you want people asking themselves after they listen to the album or see the show and they’re kind of digesting it all? What questions are you hoping that people will ask themselves from listening to you? I’ve never thought about that. I don’t know that I really wanted people to question something. I just think that whenever they listen to the songs, if they connect to the songs, they’ve already asked pretty much the same questions I’ve asked myself. I think that we all have very similar paths to each other. I’m sure that everyone that’s listening to us has gone through those times or else they wouldn’t be connecting to the songs as much. It’s not so much that I want them walking away asking a question, but it’s just more or less the feeling that there’s someone that you can connect with and they can connect with you. This is how we feel as well. This is what we love to do and we’re just happy that you love listening to it. And ultimately that’s what it’s all about anyway isn’t it; that connection and showing that we’re not all alone in this. We’re all together. Exactly. That’s absolutely true. So what’s coming up for you? What plans do you have in the works? Right now we have shows through the end of the year. We have a couple of big shows coming up so we’re going to stay focused on that. We have some songs that are already in the works and we need to do a lot more writing. Hopefully next year there will be another album and there will be more touring. Just keep on listening keep on playing!

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