You just announced the upcoming release of your new EP, “I’m Not Gonna Wait.” Why was this chosen as the title?
During the time Painted Young was a 4-piece, we had plans to make another record but so much stuff got in the way. Because of that, things kept getting pushed back and we were just sitting ducks. There were a lot of things out of our control that postponed our plans and we were just waiting. As soon as Painted Young became my solo project, I took advantage of it and wasted no time in making this EP.
Is there a particular song on the record that you believe best represents Painted Young?
I think there are a lot of songs on the EP that very well represent different aspects of Painted Young. “The Madhouse” definitely shows my high energy and upbeat side. “Summer Come Back” obviously shows the softer, more intimate side. Meanwhile, I think “Charming Number 3” showcases both sides pretty well.
Your single “The Madhouse” gave listeners a taste of the sound on this record. Were any other songs in contention to be the lead single?
Well “Little Girl” and “Summer Come Back” are both going to be on the EP just because I wanted to give them a home so I guess TECHNICALLY “Little Girl” was the lead single. But in this new era, I definitely saw “The Madhouse” as the lead single. Another song that was considered for lead single was “Needle in a Haystack,” mainly because I had already played that song live so many times before. But when comparing the two, “The Madhouse” was definitely the stronger contender.
What are some lyrical themes discussed on the EP tracks?
A lot of lyrics I write tend to involve love, heartbreak, and mental health. “The Madhouse” is more a metaphorical, chaotic approach on my experiences with mental health. “Needle in a Haystack” is about fate and all the coincidences & accidents it takes to put two people together.
Do you plan on touring at all in 2019 to promote the EP?
As of now, I am playing some shows and I have more booked that I can’t really reveal just yet. As for touring, I’m open to it. Right now, this year is a pretty open book so anything can happen!
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