Chris Mojan from Fireworks was gracious enough to answer a few questions for us regarding their upcoming release Gospel, The Manscout Jamboree Tour and working with Brian McTernan.
[email protected]: For the record, could you please introduce yourself and what you do
Chris Mojan: I'm Chris Mojan and I play guitar in Fireworks
[email protected]: You guys are getting ready to release your new full-length Gospel
next month on Triple Crown, can you talk about what the process was
like this time around and how it was different from the last full-
Chris Mojan: Everything was timed out a bit better. The last full length was a rush to write, rush to record and rush to be released. This time around we wrote, had 4 weeks in the studio, and have been sitting on the album for a few months now. Everything felt better.
[email protected]: What made you guys choose Brian McTernan in the long run?
Chris MojanBrian brings out the best from yourself as a musician and as a band. He pushes growth and really helps you shape what it is you are trying to do. So that it comes out in a completely natural and organic way. We recognized this about Brian before we went into the studio. I can say regardless of what we do in the future, Brian has really changed the way this band writes music.
[email protected]: What are some of the musical and lyrical themes on Gospel, how do
they reflect the title and how are they different/similar to All I Have To Offer is My Own Confusion?
Chris Mojan: We always look back on Confusion as a "collection" of songs in a way. Although the record itself flows and is cohesive, the songs themselves were written from post, "We Are Everywhere" to the night before we left to record the record. We really found every riff or melody we ever had as a band and found a way to squeeze it onto the record. Gospel was a record that we actually spent more time putting together while writing. Lyrically I'd say Gospel is a bit more negative, but the big picture is way more positive. If that makes sense.
[email protected]: How would you say the life of the band since the release of the album has affected the writing process for Gospel?
Chris Mojan: We were very worried for awhile that we wouldn't have time to write the record. Or that we were drifting away from the writing music side of being in a band since we were touring so much. Once we actually got to start writing, it was like a breath of fresh air and all these ideas were finally able to be worked on.
[email protected]: A few months ago you released the Bonfires EP, how would you say
that fits in to what you did with Gospel and why did you decide to release it so close to your full-length?
Chris Mojan: Honestly speaking, those were three songs in the beginning stages of writing for Gospel that we felt didn't really fit the album very much. Whether it was musically or theme wise. We released the EP because our band wants to release something every year.
[email protected]: With the current re-emergence of pop punk in the past year or so, where would you say you fit in the current scene, and similarly where would you say you fit in the Michigan scene?
Chris Mojan: We all think the whole pop punk revolution thing isn't really for us. We don't believe in supporting any sort of strict label onto our band. We want more than one group of people to like our band, we want as many people as possible to listen to our band. I think labeling yourself so intensely prevents that.
That being said, people can refer to our band however they want and we're cool with it. I love a lot of current bands, and grew up on a lot of bands who I'd say now a days fall under the "pop punk" name. To me labels just confuse people. I consider The Ramones and Teenage Bottlerocket "pop punk", I don't think we sound like them.
The Michigan scene is pretty tight knit I'd say. I'd like to think we're regarded as a member of it.
[email protected]: Before the events of the past few days, you were a part of the Manscout Jamboree Tour with The Wonder Years, Make Do and Mend and Living with Lions. While you obviously need to take some time away from the tour, how does it feel to see the outreach from not only fans but other bands considering what happened?
Chris Mojan: It's amazing, it really is. I think it really has helped our band, especially Dave out a lot in such a rough time. I like knowing my friends are there for me when I need them the most.
[email protected]: Do you foresee the band attempting to jump back on this tour before it ends?
Chris Mojan: Right now, we are leaving things at indefinitely. A situation like this has to much attached to it to be able to just make plans to move on. When the time is right, we will make a decision.
[email protected]: Once things are back to a touring situation for the band, if it isn't before the end of this tour, do you have anything planned after the record release (record release shows, etc.)?
Chris Mojan: We are planning on doing a week of record release shows, and maybe some fun random stuff in the Summer.
[email protected]: That's all I have. Is there anything you'd like to say to your fans?
Chris Mojan: Thanks for having our back.