Q. This is Junk Poet's first album in more than a decade. What inspired it, and how has the process of making an album changed since the '90s?
We hadn't talked for quite a few years, and we decided to get together and jam and see if we liked it. It went insanely well and we started writing again. We took our time on it. In the past we wrote stuff and threw it out there. As we've gotten older we knew what we were doing. Jay (Lyon, guitarist) worked for years to be a sound engineer and did the mastering and recording. So we did it all ourselves.
Q. Has the band's sound changed and evolved since the last album?
It's definitely evolved. It still sounds like Junk Poet, it's just more mature sounding. Our melodies and transitions are better. It's been a great growing experience.
Q. Problems in the band caused the split last time. Are you guys approaching things differently now?
We actually talk now. In the past we were always silent and wouldn't say anything when it came to how things could be improved with the band. When the habit is not to communicate, you have to remind yourself that didn't work before. Now we lay it all on the table and keep an eye on each other. We've come together more as a family now. We talk when we're worried or unhappy.