The self-titled album did a lot for Asking Alexandria, and you’ve said that you “reinvented yourselves” with it. Was the intention to build on that reinvention, or reinvent yourselves again?
“For this record in particular, we looked back at what we liked the most, as well as what our fans liked the most, from the self-titled record. There’s also a similar style to From Death To Destiny, but now we’re in a much better headspace. When we did From Death To Destiny we were so messed up on drugs, and so torn by people pulling us in different directions; it was probably the worst experience of our lives creating a record. From it came a wonderful record that we’re super-proud of, but it sort of came out of the hurt we were all going through. We love the sound of that record, so we were like, ‘Now that we’re in a better headspace, and we’re all stoked and happy again, why don’t we revisit that but with our heads screwed on properly, and incorporate some of that more guitar-driven rock’n’roll sound with the self-titled album?’ I think we’ve hit the nail on the head here. There’s a particular song, Down To Hell, that I listen to and I’m like, ‘Man, this is what I wish I could have written on From Death To Destiny, but I just wasn’t in the right mindset – none of us were.’ It’s better that it’s coming out now, because we’re going to remember this record, and there’s going to be nothing but happy memories associated with it.”
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Is this positivity audible within the record, or is it more just a behind-the-scenes thing for the band?
“That’s interesting… I think both. A lot of it was the making of it. We’re still human beings and there are still problems that we have that we need to address, but I think there’s something triumphant about this that stems from our happiness. For instance, there’s a song on this record called I Don’t Need You, and it feels like this record’s Moving On [fan-favourite single on From Death To Destiny]. It’s almost a ballad, but while most ballads are lovey-dovey, this one is more triumphant, and it’s about self-love and realising your own worth. While you might have had something great with someone, at the end of the day you know your worth, and you don’t need that person to be happy and strong. A song like that has stemmed from this realisation that we’re strong, happy and capable. There’s another song called Here’s To Starting Over, and there’s a beautiful bridge where Danny is talking about how he’d rather fail as himself than succeed while pretending to be someone else – and a lot of that, again, comes from where we are as a band right now. There are a lot of moments on the album where people are going to pick up on that, and I think it’s going to resonate with a lot of people, too. Our fans have grown older and have gone through a bit more of life with us, and hopefully they feel the same way: they have that same self-belief.”
What was the pressure like coming out of the self-titled album and into this one? Do you put much pressure on yourselves?
“No! There was literally zero pressure (laughs). And that’s important; I think if you put too much pressure on yourselves, you’re doing it for the wrong reasons. If you’re going into the studio and saying, ‘This album has to be more successful than the last one and it has to meet this criteria,’ I personally think people will hear that in the music. We went in with no expectations other than, ‘Let’s have fun and write the best songs that we’ve ever written.’”