7. Is there a song on this latest CD that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
The Last Stand. I wanted to put everything I knew about songwriting and production into one massive opus, like Green Day’s “Jesus of Suburbia,” Wings’ “Band on the Run,” Kansas’ “Carry on our Wayward Son,” Billy Joel’s “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” or Bruce’s “Jungleland.” Key changes, time changes, pages and pages of lyrics. It was a beast to produce something like this on an independent record. But I think we pulled it off and I’m proud of the results.
8. How have you evolved as an artist over the last few years?
More confidence. More willingness to chase an atypical songwriting idea. This album was written over the course of several years. “Satisfaction Isn’t” was written early in that process when I was just trying to write hooky, well-crafted rock songs, period. But later, with songs like The “Last Stand” and “’Splode,” I got a bit more confident and played around with time signatures and song structure. I wanted to write “radio-friendly” songs that didn’t have a by-the-numbers pop structure.
9. If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
MEET: Bruce circa 1975. PLAY A GIG: Open for Queen at Wembley. (Runner Up: Pearl Jam somewhere huge and outdoors) CO-WRITE: McCartney anywhere between Rubber Soul and Wings. (Runners Up: Elvis Costello or Jenny Lewis.) PARTY: Motley Crue circa 1985. (Have your read “The Dirt”? Most salacious, riveting rock bio of all time.)
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