Juliana finds 'Love' from emo kids
20 February 2003
Date: February 20, 2003 Publication: University Wire Author: Andy Comeaux
On the road in support of their first major label release, Pennsylvania-based the Juliana Theory can' t help but notice the differences.
"It's rewarding to be on tour and know that your record is going to be available in the store," bassist Chad Alan said.
Change has become a common thing for the rock band. They spent their early years on the independent record label Tooth & Nail before signing on to Epic Records in 2002.
The first album since then, "Love," has an emo-rock blend that stands out from their previous releases. This album included another first for the group -- the first time the band has used an outside producer. Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads fame filled the role of producer for the record. He spent much of his time working with lead singer and guitarist Brett Detar and his lyrics. To top everything off, this is also the first release after the addition of new drummer Josh Walters.
"It's a bit more energetic than some of the previous releases," Alan said. Part of this is due to the switch to Epic. The group got the opportunity to record in a few different studios, and the process was not rushed.
"We got to spend more time on the album, which is nice," he said. Because of this and other reasons, Alan believes that in terms of songwriting, this is the band's best album. As a result there is a noticeable difference from their previous records.
According to Alan, "Shell of a Man" is a new direction from the band' s other songs. And while all of the songs are related to the album title, they stress that this was by no means a concept release by the Juliana Theory.
With all the differences, the results can be mixed. Sometimes bands who make this jump into a major label are faced with a certain scrutiny and can often be the victims of backlash. Alan says that any criticism the group might receive from people does not really bother them.
"You get a wrong kind of psyche in your head. You get caught up in all of that 'Oh, that person doesn't like me' or 'we're not hip and cool, but whatever, it's just rock 'n roll, and we just try to make the best songs we can," he said.
They have also spent much of their time over the years touring. Being on the road, to them, is the best part of the music life.
"We wanted to give it all we got, make sacrifices and go on tour and play music, which is what we love the most," Alan said.
The growing popularity of emo music has allowed many acts to find their niche. Love has already had some radio play around the country, but despite all of this, Alan does not want to think about the future.
"In our heads we have already succeeded far past our expectations than any of us had in the beginning, so I think that if it all ended tomorrow, we would all be pretty happy," he said.
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