Now, they dare a comeback with numerous new inventions. Like the fact that the 15 songs with a playing time of up to 5 minutes are not only a lot longer but also much more matured and more variable. But after all, the three are 27 now and should finally have become adult now. And the edgy, political lyrics of "The jester" and "March of the dogs", excoriating George W. Bush, fit them good. Punk louts become ambitious musicians.
In mid , the band's lead guitarist Dave Brownsound had left the band due to arguing with Deryck about the band's musical direction afterwards. Deryck wanted to go to an "artistic", pop punk style while Dave opted for a more metal-esque sound.
Deryck didn't want to have to produce the album, and admitted to "not looking forward to it". However, since they were unable to find a producer, Deryck had to take this upon himself. Deryck found himself writing several songs, each in different ways.
He said "I sometimes felt surprised once I finished writing and thought to myself 'How did that happen? And the writing for the album took a long time, I think I took around ten months to write these songs".
Deryck decided to be original with the songwriting, and said that "the only way to be completely original is to write about myself. So I decided to look into my thoughts that I'd never even touched and came up with all of these topics that were very deep and personal. Jocz went on to say that the things Deryck wrote were so personal that even the band members didn't know about them in the past.
He also mentioned that Deryck "doesn't open up with anyone outside the band". Jocz and McCaslin were often surprised by Deryck's songwriting, as it was more personal than the band's previous work. Deryck thought that writing more personal songs would make people like the album more because it's more "honest". McCaslin felt that writing like this was a big move because "letting the whole world know about things like Deryck not knowing his father seemed hard things to write about.
The album title's similarity to John Lennon 's hit " Working Class Hero " is not a coincidence, according to the band's front man Deryck Whibley, who in an interview with Sun Media claimed Lennon as his favorite songwriter.
I wanted to make an album that meant something important from beginning to end. I wanted it to have relevance and significance. It's a deeply personal statement that reflects the confusion and frustration in modern society.
After Baksh's departure, the band took a break from touring in mid In November , Deryck started sending in demos to their studio for recording ideas. The band would return to the studio to record a new album. During the production of the album, Deryck decided to take the band to a different and more "orchestrated" direction.
Deryck didn't want production of the album in the first place, and admitted to "never looking forward to it", but since they were unable to find a different producer, Deryck had to take the part of producing for himself.
Although, Deryck never admitted the album as an official rock opera , but mentioned that the album was written with a unified concept held together. So I showed everyone what I wrote and then I looked through them all and picked the best ones in the end. The band members have mentioned the more pop punk progression that they were going with on this album. McCaslin said that "we didn't seem like the same band we were five or six years ago, so we decided to ask ourselves why we were in a band in the first place.
And it's like a whole new way of looking at making a record, and I think this is the right way to do it. You should think it through. Deryck said "With all of the ideas of where I wanted to take the music, I decided to make the most artistic punk rock record I could, but I didn't want to go overboard with it to the point where it's unlistenable. I wanted to push boundaries of what I wanted to do with what punk rock could mean, but keep things melodic at the same time.
These arguments were mostly because of the fact that Deryck wanted the songs to be "more powerful", while McCaslin wanted to have more variety in the sound. Jocz had several drum kits put up for the recording of the album to help the feel of the songs. Jocz and McCaslin finished their recording of the album very quickly, and it just left Deryck to record on keyboards, pianos and vocals.
Deryck mentioned that the piano had an effect on his music, and he said that he heard the song in a different way, "even if I just played it on guitar.
All of a sudden, I have a completely different vision of what I was playing. Deryck would also buy several guitars for the album's recording to set "a different and unique style". Deryck said "Sometimes it takes a few different tries with different guitars, and if you really care about the record's attitude, then you'll go through those things to really try to find out what you're hearing in your head.
The music is great and everything, but the lyrics went a lot deeper than we ever went before. This was probably because we knew exactly what we wanted to do here. The overall recording and production went from November 6, to March 14, It was the first new material to be released without former guitarist Dave Baksh. The title track is focused on a theme of "us against them", similar to their previous lyrics.
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