I had the opportunity to talk with Tay Jardine of We Are The In Crowd briefly before the last night of the Glamour Kills Tour in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Quickly talking about a couple different topics before their show.
Josh– Obviously you guys have been on the road for a while now, and doing some writing. Is there any preview for the album, like is more of the same content or what are you trying to do this time around?
Tay– Right now we are writing and we have a lot of different ideas, and they are all pretty much the same idea. And I hate to say that your next album is going to mature more, everyone hates to say that but its naturally going to happen. We just wanted a little more concepts and subjects in our songs. On the EP it was mostly relationship songs and we only had 7 songs to say “Hey this is who we are.” So on this one we have a few different ideas, and we wanted to make it more dynamic as far as songs that a lot of people in different demographics can listen to.
Josh– Now that the summer tours are coming up, are you planning on continuing the writing process through then? Or are you going to try to get in the studio before that.
Tay– We have a summer tour kind of planned and things in the air. Right now we are on the last night of the GK tour, and we are headed to meet up with Forever The Sickest Kids tour in Florida. And then we have Bamboozle and after that we are heading straight to Georgia to start recording. We kind of have everything packed in and it’s going to be a tight on time, but I think we can get it done.
Josh– So the up coming tour with Forever The Sickest Kids is in support of their newest album?
Tay– Yeah it was just one of those things that we are fans of theirs, and we have become friends with the Breathe Carolina guys. I’m really excited to see how this tour will go cause there is a lot of different genres of bands on it. But at the same time I feel like a lot of fun kids are going to come out to it.
Josh– I know you guys live kind of far from each other. Do you guys find it easier to write on the road or at home?
Tay– I think it’s easier at home, definitely easier at home but on the road I think you get more inspiration because you aren’t staring at the same thing everyday. So a good mix, but we can never demo anything on the road, unless it’s like all electronic on the computer and then we are like “wow I don’t know what this is suppose to sound like now.”
Josh– Being on the road as much as you are, what would you say the biggest thing you miss while away from home.
Tay– We actually talk about that a lot and it’s not much. Our family and pets and that’s pretty much it, our friends we see all the time whether its at a local show or like we have friends in other places. But I have like a 4-day limit of being home before I go crazy, so being out as much as we can be is the best.
Josh– Being fairly new to the scene, being around for about 2 years, what would you say the biggest eye opening experience for you guys?
Tay– Warped Tour was a huge for us; it was the first tour that we did after the EP. We only practiced those songs for 5 days, because I had prenodules on my vocal chords so I was freaking out. They said, “You really cant sing you need to rest your vocal chords” and I was like “How do I do that when I have 7 songs to learn?” So Warped Tour was kind of like practicing and also an eye opener to how competitive the industry is but in a good way. And it’s about what you can learn from so many different bands, and everyone says it but Warped Tour really is one of the most physically and mentally demanding tours. But at the same time it was so very beneficial because of all the kids coming out every day it was the best way for us to promote a new band and brand new EP.
Josh– Of all the bands you’ve gotten to tour with and become friends with, who has given you the best advice and what was that?
Tay– Off the top of my head right now, Will from Cartel on the last tour had a lot of like short pep talks with me. Cause I get down on myself a lot, I’m just like man my voice sucks today or whatever is going on and he would always come up to me and be like “Listen don’t worry about those things, every band goes through these things, and has their small fights or whatever” and he would just really relate to me and make me feel better. And like they are a band that we really looked up to for a long time and for him to tell me that was like “Thank God, everything is going to be ok.”
Josh– Now that Yellowcard is on the label, obviously they are Pop-Punk legends, are you guys looking to do a tour with them?
Tay– Yeah we have been talking about some things; I hope its bound to happen. We have been listening to their new album in the van like non-stop. The Saves The Day reference got me right away.
Josh– And Silverstien also just joined the label as well.
Tay– My mind was blown when I saw that they signed, and I think it’s sick. I don’t know what happened to make them make that jump but I’m happy for them.
Josh– When you guys were starting out what was the thing that kind of clicked on how this is going to work.
Tay– I think just being aware of how fast things change and where they change is really important. And not that anything is predictable, but there are situations where people for example a lot of people think that being on the internet is just a popularity contest but that’s not what its about at all. Kids can really relate to you, so internet is your best friend. And every night we take something away from every show whether it is a local or not we always find something. You have to be open to everything, and remember that everyone is growing at the same time.
Josh– You mentioned the internet, how big of a part do you think social networking plays in gaining fan base.
Tay– It’s huge, every fan likes to say that they had a part or say they know you. Twitter for example is huge, I remember when I first heard about it I remember thinking “this is the creepiest thing I’ve ever heard, how do I use this without being to specific and something bad happening.” But I think there are limits to all that too, everything is so public now and I think the line gets crossed and its like we are just people too. Maybe sometimes I want to use my Twitter or blog to rant about something that pissed me off, and I do that and don’t shy away from it. But then there are people get really defensive and bias about things like that. And its just like I use this the same way as you do.
Josh– One of those “Let me live” kind of things.
Tay– Exactly! That has been one of my reoccurring tweets as of late, “Let Tay live.”
Josh– And finally if you were going to tell your fans anything, what would be your biggest compliment to them?
Tay– Other than just thanking them for support and that general schmoozing. I like how our fans feel like they are more like friends. And we definitely want to keep that vibe, with out the line being crossed (Laughs) and I think especially on this tour every band was kind of like that. After every show just hanging out and talking with fans nobody feels like they are too good for it. And I think its cool that they accept us as friends and not some higher superior being or anything.
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