This interview took place on: 12/11/09.
We really just have a thing for SEAbirds. It's a fascination with all things aquatic really. Particularly penguins and sea turtles.
First thing that comes to mind is "a natural progression for Seabird." Kings of Leon and Needtobreathe are bands that have
successfully made better records as they go on. While each record was great, it seems like they were each better than the one
before. As they matured as bands, they kinda came into their
own stylistically. We feel like the songs on Rocks Into Rivers have grown from the first record. Not in a forced way
but naturally. There are all the same aspects of the first record with much improved production and more of a complete thought.
Also, it deals with real life issues like the first record, and though
there are dark tones to the songs, there are also many redemptive aspects.
There are actually several songs on this record that have been around for quite some time. Some just didn't make the cut
for the first record, but we still felt great about them. We were able to breathe new life into them by putting them under the
microscope with our producers and the label. Probably half of the
record was written within a year of the start of production. It felt like a good combination of songs. We definitely didn't
want to go into the studio with all brand new material because we still felt like there were ideas for the first record that we
wanted to pursue.
There's definitely a similar theme but told from more experience in more mature relationships. Being a husband and a Dad,
for example, makes you reflect on everyday decisions more. We always try to get better at those roles, and that was something
in our hearts that came through in these songs. Divorce is a
big one too. It doesn't seem like people really talk about it a lot, but since it's something that we have had to deal with first
hand, it's made us realize how destructive it is. We know that people need to hear the truth about this topic, so we just kinda
laid our experiences out there and hope that people can relate to them.
Seabird: We had met him on a couple different occasions and as huge fans always made it a point to chat with
him. Our goal was to make him laugh each time, and we achieved that goal. As a result, he told us he was producing more so we
submitted ourselves as candidates. We assumed it wouldn't work out, but he
contacted us and said he wanted to work with us. It was an incredible experience. He is very kind, extremely talented and
absolutely a blast to work with. We are so flattered that we had this opportunity.
Seabird: It's the story of a girl who carries the weight of her parents' divorce on her shoulders and is
reminded by God that she doesn't have to identify herself with other people's shortcomings.
Seabird: How many Michael's are there that are famous for doing the moonwalk? The song was written long
before his tragic death. It's about the triumphant return of Michael Jackson. We have always been fascinated with the King of Pop.
It's about when Aaron's wife was pregnant with their first daughter London. So many thoughts run through your head when awaiting
the birth of your first kid. The song talks about how you can kinda see yourself through the eyes of the baby and how transparent
that makes you feel. Also how ultimately you experience love in a whole new way that you could never experience otherwise.
Probably "Rocks Into Rivers." It's a lot of fun to perform live, and I think it has lines in it that everyone can relate to
even though there's still some mystery to it. It always reminds me that I need to be more patient and obedient.
Wow that is a dumb question. Seriously, though, we had this idea of being underwater, and fortunately we worked with an
amazing photographer named Caleb Kuhl who turned that idea into reality. We aren't at liberty to share all the details involved.
That would be like asking David Copperfield how he walked
through the China wall. Fortunately no dolphins or manatees were harmed in the photo shoot. We are also glad that the
creative department at the label got our vision and made it happen.
Greg Laswell, Aqualung, Andrew Bird, Needtobreathe, Fiction Family, Kings of Leon, The Civil Wars, Doves, Spoon.....
Sorry, but David Crowder told us on day one "What happens on this tour, stays on this tour." Seriously, though, the inside joke of
the tour was "Noginosh Maslic." Check out www.noginoshmaslic.com for details.
Uh yeah, presents. Also busting out the old Christmas rap compilation Yo Ho Ho. It's been a family favorite since it came out.
Christmas spirit was undoubtedly the inspiration. Ryan loves Christmas and has even worked on unique Christmas albums in the
past. That's kinda his thing. We were excited to do them and felt strongly that they would have to be completely original
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