It’s been a damn good year for California’s I The Mighty. Alongside releasing their fourth full-length studio album, ‘Where The Mind Wants To Go / Where You Let It Go’, they’ve been spending a fair bit of time in the UK as well, with their first appearance at Download Festival, and a sold out show at London’s Barfly now under their belt.
Well, guess what? They’re back again supporting the mighty Bayside, and we went along to the London date of the tour to check out what all the fuss is about. We caught up with Ian Pedigo (guitar) and Blake Dahlinger (drums) backstage at The Garage, London to talk touring, the new album, and bucket list bands to play with.
DP!: It’s great to have you guys back in the UK again! How do you feel our crowds compare with US ones?
B: They’re awesome!
I: The UK has great crowds.
B: We definitely notice the difference. There are great cities in America too where people come out and get really into the music. You definitely see it in the US that different cities have different vibes; some are more chilled, some are way more rowdy.
I: I will say, though, that the UK definitely knows how to do festivals. When we played Download earlier this year that was crazy.
DP!: So, what can we expect from an I The Mighty live set?
B: Hopefully awesome? Haha. We try to replicate the record as much as possible live, whether that’s with harmonies, like Chris does all the harmonies with Brent vocally, and Ian and I are even singing on some of the tracks that have layered vocals.
DP!: You’re heading out with Our Last Night in the US next year, and you’re bringing our boys Don Broco out with you too! Is there any band that you’d really like to tour with?
I: Yeah! We’re so pumped for that tour! We love Don Broco.
B: We’ve never met them. A friend of ours who used to do merch for us actually introduced us to them on the tour a couple years ago, so we’re really excited. There’s plenty of bands that we’d love to tour with.
I: Nothing But Thieves would be a good one. The Used as well!
B: Thrice is a bucket list band for all four of us.
I: Circa Survive would be another one too. Wow, there’s so many! Haha.
DP!: Your new album ‘Where The Mind Goes / Where The Mind Wants To Go’ is out now, and it’s quite a departure from ‘Connector’. Was there anything in particular that pushed you towards a new sound?
I: I think our musical tastes and what we’re listening to are just ever changing, so this album is a reflection of what we’re listening to these days and what we’re influenced by. I don’t think that we’ll ever make the same record twice. I think that we’ll always be trying to do new things.
DP!: What made you choose ‘Silver Tongues’ for the album’s lead single?
B: In all honesty, our buddy Dan who does A&R at Equal Vision Records, had heard the record. We’d played him all the songs, and he just thought it would be a really strong one to lead with. It was a little atypical because Tilian (from Dance Gavin Dance) starts the song vocally, so the first thing people heard from the new record wasn’t Brent. But, we thought, screw it, there’s not really any rules, so why not? We’re such a huge fan of Tilian and what he does, so we were really stoked.
DP!: For this album, what would you consider to have been your musical influences?
B: For me, it was a lot of 80s and synth stuff, which is coming back now in a lot of music.
I: I think for me it was a mix of 90s stuff, like Third Eye Blind and even Nirvana, as well as new stuff like Bad Signs and Nothing But Thieves.
DP!: Thanks for taking the time out to talk to DEAD PRESS! tonight, guys. Are you looking forward to the show?
B: Yes! This venue is great, and we’ve never been here before. We’ve just finished sound checking, and the sound here is awesome. Thanks, DEAD PRESS!.
The band’s new album, ‘Where The Mind Goes / Where The Mind Wants To Go’, is out now through Equal Vision Records.
Interview by Lottie Cook (@pixelottie)