You don’t have to spend long talking to Adam to understand where he’s coming from and the drive that fuels him. It’s also clear that when called for, there’s a tenacity in him to make things work rather than let them destroy you. He doesn’t speak like Andy Biersack, though, all lurid conviction and grand claims for world domination in which failure is not an option. Rather, if there was a word for the friendly, focused 34-year-old, it might be “pragmatic”. That is, he understands that life’s going to hit you, and it’s on you to work out how to find a solution and get back up.
“I’m used to metaphorically getting hit in the face – maybe I watch Rocky too much,” he hoots. “The premise of Rocky is just him getting beat up ’til the very end. I realised that we had to roll with the punches. If we were like, ‘Okay, this is a shitty situation, we can’t do anything about it, let’s just pack up our things and go home’ then this wouldn’t exist. Take it on the chin, pick yourself up and say, ‘Let’s figure this out.’”
Bringing in their frontman was one such solution. But even this wasn’t entirely new – Will is actually the fourth person to have helmed Lorna Shore’s mic. Initially touring with them as an apparently temporary stand-in, in 2020 COVID upended everything and left the band deciding not to confirm their new line-up. So, cautiously, as a way of testing the water with their new lad, they made an EP together: And I Return To Nothingness. But in the near radio-silence that lockdowns had put on the band for announcing activity, it was a rare moment where Adam thought things might be actually fucked.
“The one thing I was worried about was that there was a lack of confidence externally about the band,” Adam says. “It had been a year since we’d replaced our vocalist, there was no information out, it was just like there was kind of nothing really coming out. I think within all that, people felt like a loss and I felt I saw the lack of confidence in some people, thinking that this band is not going anywhere. That definitely got to some of us more than others. And I would see that and think, ‘Damn, are they right?’ But once we recorded those songs that chatter didn’t really affect me as much because I knew in our back pocket we had songs that I was really proud of.”