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What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release an album that it’s sorta is for real now?
-I don’t think we felt any pressure in that sense. Our releases followed a pretty standard pattern, a demo, an EP, and then a full length. Although The Passenger is only a couple minutes longer than the Neck of the Woods S/T EP! That being said we definitely wanted The Passenger to have a cohesive flow. We spent a good amount of time on the track order, and where to include the instrumental breaks. -dave

When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-We tend to go with whatever happens musically. Our goals are general just to write interesting music, and naturally any recording you do you want it to be the best possible example of what your band is capable of creating. Of course production plays a factor in that, sometimes certain parts of songs or transitions don’t pan out exactly how you were hoping, but you’ll probably be the only one to notice! -Dave

When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
-It’s not weird at all; it’s actually a great feeling. There’s nothing better than a crowd that knows the music, it makes it much easier to get people involved. The feeling when handing the microphone into the crowd to hear people shouting the lyrics back at you is second to none, it validates your writing in the best way. -Jeff
It’s a satisfying for sure, and a great way to feel connected with the crowd. -Dave

Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new one when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
-I think our music will always have elements of our playing that will make it sound like NOTW. We’re very proud of the songwriting on The Passenger, going back and listening to the EP things feel a little disjointed at times. So we want to keep those songwriting chops up, as well as keeping our sound fresh and interesting. -Dave

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-Absolutely, there’s a sense of camaraderie amongst musicians across all genres, whether or not you’re into the same sounds doesn’t matter, we’re all doing it for the same reasons.

How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
-We fall under the ‘progressive’ side of metal for exactly that reason. We get excited when we come up with a riff or idea that sounds different or now. That’s not to say we’re going to write a bluegrass jam section but our metal boundaries are wide when it comes to writing songs. -Dave

What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
-We play and write because it’s what we do. Other than drawing influences from other metal bands like Opeth and Between The Buried And Me, I personally have an attachment to old classic and progressive rock, the generation that inspired the generation that inspired us. Growing up it seems like metal musicians were always at the top of their game, so it helped pushed me to be the best guitarist I can be. – Dave

We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
-I think if you put a good amount of effort into a product that looks professional, you’ll sell some records. It can also be a total crapshoot. Some nights on tour you’ll sell 20 vinyl and 3 CD’s. Next town, you’ll sell 10 CD’s and no vinyl. We do take pride in our merchandise and try to offer a good amount of options for fans. – Dave

What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-I personally prefer physical media as I enjoy tangibility. I appreciate a well packaged cd or vinyl record, seeing the artwork in its full size along with liner notes, lyric sheets and anything else the band feels important enough to include helps me better understand what the band is trying to communicate. -Jeff

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