In a series of Warped Tour interviews in Bonner Springs, Ks., Bethany had a chance to chat with bass player Adam Siska of The Academy Is to discuss their upcoming album and the Warped tour. Read their conversation below:
Bethany, PopWreckoning:Hi, I’m Bethany.
Adam Siska, The Academy Is: Bethany, hi. I’m feeling a little sick, so I sound a little rough.
PW:Aw. Well, we appreciate you still coming to the Kansas City Warped Tour.
PW: You guys have a new album coming out.
AS: Yes, we do.
PW: What was involved in the writing process of that and the planning?
AS:The writing process was interesting. We went out, well we lived in the same apartments that we lived in when we were making Santi, our second record. And we were just writing with this little studio that we were working in and just having a good time, hanging out and just doing music together like we always have. Let’s see, we operated there for about four months. And then we decided to pack up and go to New York and try a new vibe to finish some of the songs and make some new ones and make the record out in New York. So four months we spent in L.A. and a little over a month we spent in New York. New York was a lot of fun. We had a good time in New York. We’ve made our favorite record that we’ve made. We’re really, really excited about it.
PW: What song are you most excited for on the new album?
AS:That’s a good question. I’m excited about “About a Girl,” the first song on the record. We’re looking forward to our fans hearing it. It’s a lot fun. It’s one of the last songs that we wrote for the record.
PW: That’s one of your songs that you’ve been testing out at your Warped shows.Has it been well-received?
AS:Yeah. Totally. We closed with it today and normally we play it second to last, but we didn’t have time for another song. So, we closed with a new song, which was kind of interesting, but it seemed to go over really well. They seemed to react really well to that and every song we had. It’s a lot of fun.
PW: Is it indicative of the style of the new album?
AS:I’d say so. It’s a fun song and everything on the new record is pretty fun overall. On our last record there was only one song in a major key, so whether the other songs were happy or sad, they always sounded sad because the minor key will always kind of make things sad, a little bit a little longing for something. Whereas with the major key for this new record they’re pretty immediate—it feels fun, it feels that everybody’s got to get up and jump, you know? It’s a good feel.
PW:You guys have been on Warped before. How has it changed over the years for you? Do you have any advice for first timers?
AS:I think every aspect of this tour is the exact same as it was two years ago. I think having done it before, we kind of realized what we were in for. It is a hard tour to do. We came out with open minds and ready to do this whole thing and we’re having a good time so far. We’ve got a lot of fans, found a lot of supporters, which helps. We’ve got a lot of friends on the tour, which helps. We’re having a great time. What was the second part of the question?
PW: Do you have any advice for first timers on Warped? Whether they’re bands or just fans?
AS: Yeah, go talk to your fans as much as possible. It’s all so big. There are so many bands and people to see that unless you go talk to them and sign, then they’ll be your fans for life. They’ll be happy to meet the bands they like.
PW:Do you have any new recommendations for band’s to check out this year?
AS:I always check out Gym Class Heroes. They’re a great live show and they’ve been friends of ours for a long time and they keep getting better and better. Jack’s Mannequin, The Audition, Cobra Starship, Against Me, the list goes on and on. There’s a lot of great bands on the tour, a lot of good people—We The Kings. I’d go check them out, they’re all good people.
PW:Awesome. Do you have a favorite memory of Warped tour?
AS: So far of this year or the last one?
AS: Favorite memory of Warped tour this year has been the show in Salt Lake and I’ll say that for 2006, too. The Salt Lake shows are always really fun.
PW: What makes them so fun?
AS: I don’t know. I think it’s the Mormon kids rebelling against their parents. But as soon as you walk in and start to play, they just go wild. So I think Salt Lake—not to give discredit to any of the other cities, because I think they’ve all been fun so far, but Salt Lake has just been kicking it up a notch.
PW: Nice. Now you guys opened the tour today. Do you prefer opening or do you like the later sets?
AS: There are downsides to everything. We’ve been the guys to progress. We play first in one city and it’s nice to have it done and over with. When you play last, you have to wait all day to play and you’re already tired by the time you go on and the fans are already tired by the time you go on. It’s interesting. My favorite time to play is like 3 p.m. or in the middle. When people aren’t too tired yet and they’re starting to get in the groove of your set and just having fun. At Warped tour you kind of have to do it all, so we’re up for either end of the spectrum in terms of what we have to play.
PW: Alright. Well, that’s all I have. I appreciate your time. When does the new album drop?
AS: August 19. The day after Warped ends.
PW: Alright, we’ll look out for it. Thank you so much.
AS: Have a good one.
PW: You too.
Photo Credit: Josh Hammond, PopWreckoning.com