Sydney, Jamie, Noah, Graham
— Growth from last year to this year —
Sydney: It’s been an awesome experience to watch people start to catch on, slowly but surely. I mean we’ve been doing this for a while so obviously we’re very appreciative of everything that’s come from it even though it has taken a few years…6 or 7 years ago we started playing together. We’re all different people now; there’s a lot of transitions that were necessary, and that did happen. So I’m glad that it took that long. But it’s very cool to see from last year to this year – even just looking at Warped Tour – and seeing the same places that we were playing last year being so much bigger. Not just in numbers being bigger, but the passion growing also. We’ve done tons of tours since, lots of headlining or opening up for other bands and things like that, all in the mix of it. And now, it’s starting to really change, which is awesome.
— “Wow” Moment: Conan Appearance —
Jamie: A big wow moment was we got to do Conan a little bit before we started Warped Tour. That was our first late night, national TV spot that we’ve ever done. To go in, like we’ve seen so many bands we love on Conan, we’re all fans of the show. To actually be a part of it and be a part of the programming on the show. People are watching it just like they would every other night, and we’re a part of it? [That] was a pretty amazing moment, meeting Conan and all the guys there. They’re all super friendly. It’s been weird for things like that. Or hearing us on the radio when you don’t expect it. Just things that we do anyways: we watched Conan, we listened to the radio. For us to be starting to be in the mix in those kinds of things is really bizarre, but really amazing too.
— Constructive Criticism from the Parents —
Sydney: I know that a lot of parents can be crazy with that. We’ve been very fortunate to have our parents be supportive. But also at the same time, they do give us constructive criticism if we need to know it. If I’m making some weird face while I sing, I wanna know, and they will tell me. So I’m glad for that. But it’s not like every time I make a mistake they’ll say something, ‘cuz they know that I know how to monitor myself, and we all know how to do that ourselves. I know if I sang weird, if I messed up a note; they don’t need to tell me every time. If anything, they’re just there for support and to help us out in the long run. If they help me stop the habit of making some weird face when I sing, I’m so happy for that. That hasn’t happened yet. That’s the only example I can think of that I’d be very like, “Ok, thank you for telling me.”
Richie [whispering]: Is someone gonna tell her about the weird face that she’s been making during this interview?
Sydney: Stop it!
Jamie: It’s an uncomfortable subject.
Richie: We don’t really know how to talk about it…uh…
— This ain’t your typical family road trip —
Jamie: I think people get in their mind the idea of a family road trip, like what we’re doing is an endless family road trip. The big difference for us is that we’re all working and we’re not just being forced to be in a car together. We’re all doing it by choice and working towards a common goal, so it’s a different aspect than being on a 2-year road trip. We’re all actually working. When we’re all working, we’re all working together. When we all want to relax, we’re all relaxing together.