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In a moment of confusion about your next step, sometimes all it takes is the season finale of "How I Met Your Mother" and a semi-sarcastic tweet from a fan to make everything clear.
Just ask Brian Dales, lead singer of Phoenix-based pop rock band The Summer Set. We chatted with Dales about the video for "Fuck U Over," the Wake Up & Be Awesome tour and Legendary, their first release on Fearless Records, out April 16th, before they take the stage tonight at El Corazon.
SW: How did you all decide upon a video with performance scenes and behind-the-scenes shots as opposed to a video with a storyline?
We were on tour with All Time Low and it seemed like a good time to release something and "Fuck U Over" was just such an appropriate song. We didn't necessarily call it a first single as much as it was the tastemaker to the record. We really just wanted to show people what our lives were like on tour and that we're this fun band, and I think it was a really personal vibe and I'm really proud of the way the video came out.
The video shows you all on your tour bus, backstage, onstage, then on your bus again. How do you all stay sane dealing with the repetitive nature of being on tour?
Yeah, it's kind of like Groundhog Day. We wake up in a different city every day, sometimes starts feeling like I'm doing the same thing and at this point, after five years, I can go to just about any city in the U.S. and not even really have to pull out a map; I just kind of know where I'm going [laughs].
I guess it can get a little monotonous but I love it; it's fun. We meet a lot of friends in different cities that we don't get to see regularly so I kind of look forward to playing in a specific city and we'll get to see people that we've met along the way.
You're a few shows into the Wake Up & Be Awesome tour. How has that been so far?
Oh, it's been great. It's the longest set we've ever played so we're a little tired and there's a lot of production that we've never had on stage before. It's really a hectic few days and we got all the hard stuff out of the way first and now the rest of it should be a little easier.
Is there any added pressure to put on a killer show because you do have more opportunities with onstage production?
Yeah, a little bit. We're about to put out our third record so we're trying to play more songs, more material, give people more. I felt really good about the first three shows so the bar is set and hopefully we can meet it every day.
Can you tell me about the band's thought process when it came to naming the album Legendary?
Well, there's a song on the record called "Legendary." It's the last song; it's one of the first songs written for the record. We were on tour for 13 straight months ... and at the end of May, we got off the road and the five of us moved into a really nice house in Arizona that we were turning into a recording studio for two months. I think I had just gotten out of a relationship and I was just being weird and anti-social one night while everyone was hanging out outside and I was sitting in our living room watching the season finale of "How I Met Your Mother."
I tweeted something about it and some fan of ours tweeted me saying "If you love 'How I Met Your Mother' so much, why don't you write a song about it?" Just as a joke, I wrote this little four-lined chorus thing where I made a reference to it ... and I went outside and showed it to John and Stephen Gomez [guitarist and bassist, respectively].
I played them this thing, saying "Oh, disregard the lyrics. I just think the melody's cool; maybe we could do something with this." And they loved it and then we didn't even end up changing it. The next day John and I ended up writing this entire song about striving to be the best version of yourself that you could be and that everybody wants to be legendary to somebody and sometimes you just have to get up and act instead of, you know, being anti-social and watching television [laughs].
It started as a joke and it turned into the best accident we've ever had, and it really set the tone for the whole rest of the record, just striving to be better and capturing the moment that defines you.
I watched an interview you did with Alternative Press where you said that after being on the road for 13 months straight, you had to take a break and live your life so that you had something to write about. Can you elaborate a bit on what you did during that break that inspired the album?
That was the important thing. Some people start getting into that endless cycle where you squeeze an album between two tours and the lyrical content and whatnot gets a little watered down. I felt like it was important to start having real life experiences again so I had something to say. I was just dry and uninspired about my own life because I was doing this endless cycle that was pretty monotonous, as you had explained earlier.
I ended up moving to California where I had some friends, kind of taking a leap of faith and doing that. John and I started writing a lot of songs out there with some people that we did a lot of the record with and stuff got kind of crazy from there. I think I just did a 180 on extremism from how I used to always be so tense, and I probably just needed to loosen up after a year, just really let my guard down and hang out and live in the moment and stop worrying about things.
John and I were going out a lot; I was probably drinking a little too much. I don't really regret it because some of the best songs I've ever written in my entire life were products of that, and just trying to figure myself out, trying to remind myself that I'm 23, not 33.
You mentioned some things already but would you say there's an overall theme or message that you want to get across through this album?
Like I was saying, the record is called Legendary, and I think it's about trying to be the best version of yourself that you can and inspiring others along the way. Everybody deserves to be legendary and to be legendary to somebody, and I think to believe in yourself and to live in the moment.
Who are some legendary people in your eyes?
Bruce Springsteen. And Barney Stinson. Those are two legendary people in my eyes. And Justin Timberlake. They seem to have it all figured out.