On February 19th you will be releasing your third album titled Hail Mary through Pavement Entertainment. This album was originally created in 2007. Why is it just now seeing the light of day?
Will: How long you got??!lol! We're just really excited for people to hear it!
Does it feel good to finally be able to release the record? Were you ever worried that the album would never come out?
Will: Of course! We put a lot into making it and grew a lot as people, musicians, and songwriters along the way, so it's nice for us that we can share what we did. As far as being worried, you're in the wrong business if you do that! lol!
You guys were able to experiment with this record. What would you say you did differently?
Will: This album was all about experimentation and no boundaries, but at the same time keeping things somewhat cohesive as a body of work. One thing we did differently was write for two years leading up to recording it, which when we did 12 Year Silence, we wrote less than half as many songs in less than half the time. Taking two years to write Hail Mary was not by choice, let me tell you, but what it did do was fester some really out of the box creativity within us and an attitude of "why the hell not?" We just let the atmosphere we were in help create the tunes, and that was a roller coaster.
Were you able to experiment with different instruments or sounds?
Will: I'd say there's a tiny bit of keyboard and sample stuff happening here, but most of the big sound design happened with the guitars, which sounds bad ass. We kept it pretty organic and fresh at the same time.
How would you describe the album?
Will: I'd say it's sonically amazing, as atmospheric and heavy as we've ever been at times, and about as close to "mainstream" as we'd probably ever go at times as well, but most importantly, the record has great songs which help to define exactly what DND is.
Do all of you in the band contribute to the lyrics?
Will: The whole band was involved a bit in both albums, but the large chunk was obviously from Brett, with a good bit of contribution from Clint and later Corey in the studio. We all had parts though, such as "Saddest Song" and "Anywhere" which was a collective with Brett, Clint, and myself.
As far as production goes, did all of you collectively produce the record?
Will: No, this record was produced by David Bendeth.
I assume the single will be “Hail Mary.” Give us some insight on what the song is about.
Will: "Hail Mary" is not the first single, but since you asked, it's about a dream you can't wake up from, where you're trying to run but can't, trying to swim but can't, or trying to yell but no sound is coming out of your mouth. The first single is more than likely "Goodbye".
Will you guys be filming a music video for the single?
Will: No plans right now.
You guys have found a new home in Pavement. How did that come about?
Will: We signed up Tim King and Mark Nawara on our last album, "New Tradition", on a different label. We know those guys and wanted to continue to work with them because they're part of the movement to make a new business model in a business that needs it, particularly for new bands.
Do you feel like you are in a good place now to be able to move forward and kick some ass?
Will: Our hope is in the near future to record some new material. We never officially said we broke up, which is cool because it always leaves the door open to make some music together. We're all good friends and making music you love with your friends is about as good as it gets.
What will you be doing in the way of a tour in support of the release?
Will:No touring plans yet. We're all about to hit the road with our current bands.
Thank you so much for the interview. Would you like to add or say anything?
Will: Yes!! lol! I would like to clarify what I've been reading on some sites, which is that Troy McLawhorn is the other guitar player in Dark New Day besides Clint, and is along side Clint who you hear on Hail Mary, not BC Kochmit. We looooove BC and he jammed with us and was going to come on full time at one point when Troy went to Seether, but that never happened because we all decided to move on at the time, and now BC is in Eye Empire with Corey. Thanks!!