by Jay Tilles
With empowering lyrics and anthem-like sing-along choruses for the underdogs in all of us, the album is massive, emotional, and speaks directly to disaffected youth and others who’ve been told they’ll never amount to anything; the messages are positive and empowering.
Madness sums up his life, frontman Kellin Quinn tells Radio.com. “It’s always chaotic and madness and just being caught in the middle of it,” he says, “and figuring out who you are in the midst of all the craziness.”
He’s quick to point out that while he and his bandmates are grownups now, they feel like anything but. “I feel like I’m just still a kid, I look like a kid, I act like a kid,” Quinn says. And when it comes to writing songs, he admits that “the fumblings of growing up are always in my head.” Yet it’s exactly that personal insight that gives Quinn the unique ability to touch young listeners in a way many bands cannot.
“Kick Me,” the album’s first official single, released last November, is about the band’s answer to their growing popularity, explains Quinn. “I feel as you get more noticed and as you get more known, a lot of people want to slander that or be jealous of it, and it was my way of saying, ‘Do what you want, but we’re going to stay who we are and do as we please.”
The second single, “Go Go Go” was directly inspired by American Pie, says Quinn, who explains he’s a huge fan of the film.
“I was thinking about Jim [played by Jason Biggs] and how he had no idea what to do. The idea was to create a song about a boy and a girl and having the whole youth… let’s just get messy and figure it out later… like, I want to go go go right now, and we’ll figure it out later. We’ve got time, we’re still young.”