Georgia rockers From First To Last were being cute by titling their fourth album “Throne to the Wolves.” But it follows a period of time when the group really did feel thrown for a few loops.
It started with the criticism FFTL received for its self-titled last album and a decision to change record companies. Then it parted ways with singer-guitarist Travis Richter. And on the personal tip, current frontman and co-founder Matt Good lost his father and broke up with a long-time girlfriend — all of which found its way into the lyrics of “Throne.”
“A lot of things happened to me and to (the band) between the last record and this record,” says Good, 26. “I feel like on the last record we had a lot to talk about but maybe we weren’t putting it out there the right way or something.
“This record, we definitely had a lot more to talk about, so I really wanted the record to have lyrics and not just meandering words trying to sound good or every song being about some girl you like.”
Fortunately for FFTL, the switch from a major label (Interscope) to an independent (Rise) allowed the group to make “Throne” on its own terms.
“We have 100 percent creative control again,” Good notes. “Major labels always want you to do this, do that, be this thing even if you don’t want to be. They can definitely be very forceful about you doing things, even if you think they’re bad ideas.
“So overall, the biggest difference now is, creatively, it’s a lot easier to do things. And the band is a lot closer; I think it feels more like a family now. We’re on the same page, all of us.”
The “Royal Family Tour 2010” with From First To Last, Eyes Set To Kill, Confide, Black Veil Brides and Sleeping With Sirens plays Saturday, April 3, at the Eagle Theater, 15 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 day of show. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.
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