How did the members of the band meet?
Neal Middleton here, we met through high school friends , I was at a party and started a conversation with our old guitarist Chris Harding. He said he had a band and, I mentioned I wanted to sing for a band. At that time I was playing solo at a pizza parlor in SLC Chris and Taylor came by and checked me out, liked what they heard, and the band began.
When you were younger, did you know you would eventually become a musician?
I had many different dreams when I was younger, I loved to sing but it was not till about 14 or 15 when I picked up the guitar that I really decided this is what I wanted to do. When I finally decided this was my path, I knew I would never give up. I love it too much.
What’s the worst thing about touring and what’s the best?
The worst is being away from my family, I miss them every second. The best is all the amazing people I get to meet, all the awesome food from different places and getting to see the country in a way that most don’t get too. Life is all about the experience and this has been a hell of one.
How has this last year been in terms of you and your band and your music?
To be honest it has been a tough year, we have had to recover from some big hits, but we are back on track and feeling better than ever. Our show is tighter than it has been in awhile and new songs are starting to come again. We try and push ourselves to be better musicians every day. We can’t wait for next year.
What’s your favorite song on your latest album?
That’s a tough one, “Crazy” is very near to my heart, but I Think “Wake Up” is my favorite. It is about losing our cousin in a car accident and being there in the hospital with the family while he was on life support knowing we had to pull the plug.
Is it difficult being in a band or are you all really close? We are a very close family and would do anything for each other. But of course when you become brothers you are going to have quarrels once in awhile but for the most part we have a great time together. We are family.
What kind of vibes are represented in your latest album?
You get a bit of everything from anger, to party, to sadness to hope. Every album we do seems to be that way.
What is an instrument you’d like to try?
The Cello would be awesome to learn. Such an amazing instrument when it’s played proper.
What’s the most important thing about music to you?
The way it makes you feel, the way it brings everyone together no matter the background. It’s the universal language that we all speak.
What role does music play in your life?
It is my therapist, I get to put all the things that build up in me out through music, being on stage is like being on the shrinks couch. It also feeds my family.