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It took a bit longer but we got to do some extra stuff and have extra people on the CD, and if we’d finished in Sweden we wouldn’t have got to do that.
Everything worked out for the best.” How did you feel when you realised more had to be done on it and you had to go to LA?
It got to the end of my tether and I wanted to give up almost, but when it was finished and I could listen to it with a fresh mind it was a good feeling, because I realised we’d made something pretty special.” How close to giving up were you? “I don’t think it was something I thought I’d ever do, but I guess my company Drop Dead, there’s always something going on with that even though it’s nowhere near as important to me as the band is, and at the same time I hate talking about my clothing company but I guess it’s relevant. When we wrote ‘Suicide Season’, we weren’t writing lyrics to try and help people or get anyone through anything but the amount of people who have come up to me since and said a particular song has helped them through something or kept them alive.
There are more and more people saying we should do certain things but we’ve always kept control and will always continue to do that.” I guess it’d be weirder if you didn’t have to fight… That’s how you lose touch with your fans; that’s when bands go off the rails.
They might not be into Pink Floyd, for example, but their dads might be… When you hear a new style of music you don’t get it, and for a lot of people it might be too different.
It’s going to seep into them, though, and that’s how ‘Suicide Season’ was.
I don’t think of myself as an expert, I just like what I like.
I like bands like Pink Floyd and Cream but I couldn’t even tell you all the members of Pink Floyd, for instance.