posted on September 14, 2012 09:34
Twelve Stones will be just a stone’s throw away from the arch when they headline at Pop’s Monday night.
Fresh off the release of the band’s latest album, “Beneath the Scars,” lead vocalist Paul McCoy talked to InsideSTL about the inspiration behind the latest album, the band’s interaction with fans on social media and more.
InsideSTL: What was the main inspiration behind “Beneath the Scars?”
Paul McCoy: For us it’s always been about trying to overcome adversity. [This] record [is] more important for us. We’ve been doing this for so long, 11 years now. We’ve been scarred up along the way. Living on the road is tough to do… [and we] still have lot to say and want to be positive with it.
InsideSTL: What song on the new album would you say most truly represents the band?
PM: [I usually] see an album as collective, [but] one song people are getting into is “Infected” ... and [also] “Psycho.”
InsideSTL: What has been the biggest change since the band started, and how has that affected your music?
PM: I think we’ve all just matured musically. I started when I was 19… and kind of showed up and did what I was told. Now I kind of have an understanding of how things work. [We put] more time and effort… [into our work] on albums or on live shows.
InsideSTL: Why does the band run its own social media and how has that affected your relationship with fans?
PM: We try to be accessible. We do have help running our site, but we all check it every day… We’re very, very aware of it and how important it is to stay in touch with social media these days…
InsideSTL: WWE has used a few of your songs over the years. How did that relationship come about?
PM: Well, we were signed to a record label, Wind up Records, [which] had a really good relationship with WWE… [and now WWE has] come to us about using stuff. We just kind of developed a relationship and had that on our own…
InsideSTL: What’s something most 12 Stones fans probably don’t know about the band?
PM: We leave it all out there. We’re all dads, all fathers. We all have families at home, so [when we’re] out here working, we do want people to come to shows so we can make our time away from our loved ones worth it.
InsideSTL: What can fans planning on seeing 12 Stones at Pop’s expect?
PM: We just want people to come out… We try give 100 percent on stage… The more insane the crowd goes, the more insane we go… We just want people to come out, be ready to have fun and listen to some good music and have an enjoyable evening.