I hate to bring this up, but there are still a lot of rumors surrounding the departure of your former guitarist Scott leaving the band. Was he kicked out of the band or did he leave on his own accord? What exactly happened with that?
That whole thing was a thing that kind of crept up on us until it became time when we musically didn’t feel that we matched anymore. It definitely started in the music area. As friends and personality-wise, that is something that wasn’t really that big of a deal because we all got along fine, but musically we weren’t matching up.
We wanted to go a different direction than he did. It was kind of a natural progression into what had happened. It went as well as it could have though. It’s always a sore subject, of course, but I think we all, including yourself, have handled it very well.
Your last album, No, Really I’m Fine, was released on Warner this past October. Does it feel any different now that you are part of a bigger family and not a top priority for your previous label, 111 Records?
It is definitely a different world in its entirety. But I definitely think that we had lucked out in that being on Warner Brothers and its subsidiary Sire, because we had a good recommendation form Michael Goldstone, the guy who signed us and is pretty close with Seymour Stein, who is a big guy over at Warner Brothers.
We had all these people who were behind us and got the music into the right hands of the people at Warner who liked us as well. So it didn’t get swept under the table as one would have thought could have easily been done. We were fortunate in that aspect, but I think it is really cool to be honest. We are happy with our decision and the people we have behind us are phenomenal and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Recently there has been a major radio and television push for the single ‘All Over You.’ I remember hearing this back when the album came out though. Why do you think it is taking so long for it just now to become a more mainstream song, especially since you have a major label behind it?
It’s always weird because you would hope that right [away] it catches, but then you start to realize the work that goes into radio, especially for a successful radio push. It’s actually pretty surreal and feels weird when it starts happening. I thought that those things were a lot quicker when you’re on the outside, but then when you are actually going through it you realize it is a whole process from the beginning down to the very end.
So from a business standpoint, I remember buying – and this is a weird example – but the first John Mayer album. I liked the ‘Wonderland’ single, but I didn’t hear it everywhere until about a year later. So sometimes it definitely takes that long for a single, other times its straight out there, but we are working in this natural and organic build up way. We’re all pleased with our progress in that area, but we’ll see where it goes.
Since The Spill Canvas began really as your baby form the beginning with just you and your acoustic guitar, is it odd to watch it have become so big at this point?
That is a daily occurrence in my brain. It’s weird because you write the songs but you don’t set out thinking that you will affect people or become a success, you just write the songs in a way that sort of becomes a part of you. It’s cool to watch it grow into this thing that can be taken onto the road and can affect fans in such a way. That is one thing that I will never be able to fully comprehend.
No, Really I’m Fine is in stores now. The Spill Canvas will be playing at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, on June 6 and at the Fillmore @ Irving Plaza in NYC on June 11. For more visit thespillcanvas.com or myspace.com/tsc