I'm typing this to let you all know I'm sorry it's been so long. As of right now it's been over 4 years since my last full-length album was released. Last year I did release a small EP with some new tracks, but in all honesty, that one was rushed out. I don't dislike the release, but it's definitely not what I intended it to be.
So, here's where I'm at... I've made some hints over the past year or so, but now I can officially tell you that I will be releasing my next full studio album in 2016. I'm still in the writing process of it, but my hopes are that it will be ready for you by the coming summer/fall. And not to mention, I'm going to try and have at least a new single ready for you this spring/summer.
Anyway, aside from that news, I also wanted to share that I did something interesting yesterday that I don't normally do when I'm writing a new album. I actually went back to demos from as far back as 2009 and began listening. It was pretty surreal hearing voice memos of songs made on my phone with Ace Enders talking about drums being done in the background (from The Wonder EP sessions), or hearing a past-tense Alex Goot mentioning lunch plans (from The Good Years sessions) while I'm playing some guitar line or humming a melody I just came up with. I only mention these somewhat-anecdotes to say that going back to these demos is a very good thing for reconnecting myself to what writing used to be like for this project.
See, my goal with the next BG album is to bring it back to what it was in the beginning. I don't want it to be all super-shiny happy music (which it never was, anyway)... But I do want it to be upbeat again. So I'm hoping to make this new album a mix of the old school upbeat BG and the sad but hopeful BG. Hopefully that makes sense.
Overall, I'm excited to be back on this side of things again. Backseat Goodbye is quite literally a time machine for me. It takes me back to everything that got me here. And the thing is, I'm still a mainly upbeat and hopeful person, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a bit more of a realist and maybe even had a couple of chips on my shoulder that I keep hidden as often as possible nowadays. People mention to me that BG does the same for them, it takes them back to the good things that got them here. So maybe this all has a larger purpose of taking us all back, in hopes of moving forward with a little more light to bring along with us. I guess we'll see.