But then again, so do these
boys men! In a recent Rolling Stone interview, AJ McLean and Howie Dorough spilled the beans on their writing process and Kevin’s return.
AJ on having creative control:
“Since we did have complete creative control, we decided to steer this whole ship and this whole process started almost a year ago in London with Martin Terefe. We spent three weeks out there living in a house together, bonding again. Kevin [Richardson] had just come back in the group, so he was kind of reconnecting with everybody and it was an awesome creative process. And we probably wrote about 22 songs; not all of them got cut, but we just kept writing and writing and writing. We had four different writing rooms going every single day, we played a little round-robin and we popped in each room. [We wrote] whatever you were kind of feeling that day or whatever subject matter you wanted to write about. And the whole record just kind of took off from that point and that was the catalyst that led us into making this a very personal record.”
AJ on the different sounds from the new album:
“Yeah, this whole album goes up and down. There are probably three or four up-tempos and then the rest are like mid-[tempo]. Songs like "Permanent Stain," which go from mid-tempo to tempo back to mid-tempo. The Max song, "In a World Like This," is pretty consistent all the way through. And then "Show 'Em What You're Made Of" is one of those just epic records; it reminds me of a U2 record or an Aerosmith record. It's kind of up there, in my opinion, with the hugeness that was "Incomplete." That was a big rock ballad and this song is pretty much right in that same role. And just to hear it live, just in the past two weeks doing it in our rehearsal, it's such a big record. So hopefully it'll be a single at some point.”
Howie on the dynamic changing without Kevin, and with Kevin back in:
"When Kevin stepped outside of the group about six years ago, the four of us really had to all step up to the plate if we were gonna continue on. Looking back on it, Kevin was always the ringleader of the group, so when it came time we were gonna do it by ourselves, we all had to work together. It made the four of us really strong so when Kevin came back, we all had a lot more to say. We all got to know not only the business, but we learned how to really put together a great show, just really mature. And so now that Kevin's back in the group, the dynamic is different. Kevin is a hard worker, a perfectionist, but now there are five of us that are that way. And I think now we raise the bar on everything that we do now."
This all sounds EPIC!! We're sooooo exciteddddd!
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