There are many bands around on the scene with your style of music. How did you guys get your big break?
Adam: We just toured around. Did the US and the UK. We were on the road for about two years playing shows in all sorts of places. We got signed up to Fuelled By Ramean with our friends Fall Out Boy and thats the story so far. Theres some awesome bands on that label. Check it out.
Here in the UK, there is a lot of controversy over the emo stereotype. Would you guys put yourselves into this category?
Andy: Emos a joke. Its a comically used term now. Just another stereotype. I remember when bands like Saves the day and Alkaline trio were Emo .Its different now though.
So some would say its not cool to be associated with now?
Adam: People can think whatever. Were not emo though. Were more rock.
You toured last January with Panic! At The Disco as support. Not to rub salt into any wound but are you annoyed that they are bigger than you over here? Headlining Reading and the likes?
Andy: So many people have asked us this. I dont know how to answer this question without it sounding wrong. Yes they have had more success but they took a different road to us. Theyve played more shows, theyve got a good fan base but theyve done it differently.
Adam: Were still friends. We keep in touch. Were just writing what we want to write these days.
So what did you think of Brendan getting bottled at Reading 2006?
Andy: That was crazy. I wasnt there but I saw the video on the internet. Im glad he was ok. We see stuff happen like that at shows in the US, like on warped tour. People really want to see the band and they go crazy for it.
Adam: But I guess with success like that you also get enemies with it. I dont want to end up like that.
Andy: I dont want that kind of backlash for being too emo.
Another sold out tour in the UK. How does that feel?
Together: (laughs) Great!
Adam. Its great. Were very lucky. The UK is awesome.
Are UK fans different to the crowds in America?
Andy: Its definitely more rowdy here but not in an uncivilised way. Its like a party, everyone enjoys themselves and Im sure that has something to do with the alcohol law being lower over here then back in the states. Were coming over and people get really excited about that, whereas in the states youre kind of just there.
And your young groupie fans? What about them? Does that not feel weird?
Adam: We appreciate all our fans. Although one time this young girl came up to me and before I could say anything she kissed me and slipped me the tongue. I was like woah! Ok there!. She was quite eager. Generally we try and stay away from that realm of 14 year olds though.
What can we expect from the new album? It will be quite hard to beat the last.
Andy: This ones definitely more complex. More rock and roll influences. Lots of good guitar work. Weve made it better. We all moved into a warehouse together and just wrote all the songs. It came together really well and its released here on the 2nd April!
The fans all seem pretty excited to see you. What bands get you going?
Adam: Definitely The Clash. I would love to see them.
Andy: Its got to be Nirvana. I listened to them a lot when I was younger. They influenced me.
And finally, how crazy do you get on tour?
Adam: We get drunk. Were not straight edge or stuff like that.
Andy: Last time we were here we were drunk and dancing at some club down the road, a whole load of us, that was quite intense.
Adam: And also when we played with PATD! Over here, the academy was closed and Ryan and I had left his guitar in. we were knocking on the door but nobody would let us in, we kept knocking and eventually this old lady came out and wouldnt let us in to get our stuff. So I started making cat noises at her. That was pretty crazy.
And with that, I get a brief HI, I hope you enjoy the show from the bands front man William Beckett before they are lighting up cigarettes and drinking Becks to warm themselves up before the gig. A little quiet but a very nice band all the same.