Actually, we got signed in November of 2000 with Dreamworks which is the most amazing label. We have friends on other labels and though we are not selling millions of records, yet, they treat us with tons of respect and give us some very good guidance.
You have to make sure that your assets and your back is protected before you make any big decisions.
That was our first major tour and we got a chance to play in front of like 5000 people every day so it was like a Rock and Roll boot camp for us really, we learned a lot and made a lot of good friends.
You don't want the biggest record deal as far as money goes, you just want to make sure that the people at the label really support your band and the music and stuff.
Lyrically we tried to just not be the same as a lot of the other crap that is out there right now.
Musicians don't respect a lot of the stuff that is on TRL and a lot of musicians think that stuff on the radio is not good musically so when musicians say that they like us it obviously feels good.
A lot of big labels will just sign bands like a write off.
As far as I can see there are no problems with people in our band as far as the relationships go anyway.
Being on Ozzfest has been a great way for us to break out and show metal fans that we have a heavy side.
Everything is completely democratic in this band so far and that is the way that we would like to keep it.
I really didn't think about song writing.
I think that every band tries to mature their sound through their existence, you know?
I wanted to write some lyrics that had some meaning to them, lyrics that were meaningful to me and hopefully people can take something from that.
We knew that we wanted to play heavy music but I hadn't gotten into melody and things like that.
We really try to make sure that the band writes the songs, not just one person.
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