Tom Thacker, lead singer and guitarist of the Vancouver four-piece commented on the new direction and seemed pretty optimistic.
"Once we kinda had the lyrics written, we realized it was pretty dark… most of the songs had something to do with death.
I'm a big fan of the Latin American day of the dead, the celebration and the whole like, idea of it, how people really celebrate their ancestors or their loved ones who have had a life and they sort of look at death and the darkness surrounding it in a positive light.
maintained that while the album is notably darker than what Gob-listeners might expect, and regardless of recent line-up changes, the band hasn't changed.
"You know, we're a fun band, we have a lot of fun live… we're not going to be performing it like a gloomy, doomy kind of band, we just thought it would be a good way to present this latest record," Thacker
writing style has always seemed natural, stemming from experiences common to all members of the band as they grow up and move around Canada. "Our writing process was always really organic.
We would just write a bunch of stuff and pick from it.
We're not writing songs that would typically sound like Gob, that's why we'll have tracks, which stand out or are a little different.
continued, "And we'll take it from there and we just throw it together.
Even lyrically, we didn't set out to say anything specifically; I just really want it to be more stream-of-consciousness."
In order to uphold the Gob ideal of stream-of-consciousness writing, Thacker
pals opted to venture into the isolated wilderness of Canada. "Our bassist has a mansion in the woods, not super secluded, but definitely off the beaten path.
And that's where we holed-up to do most of the stuff.
I think it's good to have isolation when you're making a record, or when you're recording it anyway just because you can really focus on what you're doing and it makes for, like, a lot of fun.
suggested that the isolated nature of the location, along with the prospect living in an old, seemingly-haunted mansion added to the dark feel of the record.
"We had a little doll that we would move around, a faceless doll… and scare the shit out of each other with."
The band may have been away from the studio, but that doesn't mean they haven't been busy.
"After we recorded the last record we were touring for like a year and a half or so, and then a lot of things happened, you know, we changed record labels, management, and bass player.
We've worked on other records, for other bands you know, producing and stuff.
Everything takes time, and even finding the right label for the record, you know, our record was recorded about a year before it was released… we just wanted to find the right home for it," Thacker
After much deliberation, the band settled on Aquarius Records, an independent Canadian label located in Montreal.
"We talked to a lot of labels in Canada, and like, majors, and Indies, and they just seemed to be with our program.
They liked our ideas we had for promoting our record and what we wanted to pick for our singles and stuff, they were behind it and liked the record.
As for their recent tours, Thacker
kept himself busy on the road with pals Sum 41.
"I've been Sum 41's
touring guitarist for the past two years.
We're totally close with them, before they were signed, they were opening shows for us, and they repaid the favour when their record was released in the U.S."
As for future projects, Thacker
didn't want to give too much away, currently Gob
are on the road and are heading out east.
"We're in B.C., we'll be coming all the way to Hamilton.
Catch Gob at Casbah on Jan. 30 alongside Hamilton pop-punk foursome Rifkin, and The Johnstones, a ska-punk band from Ajax.
Advance tickets went on sale last week, but fear not, young punklings, you can still pay 20 dollars at the door.
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