Are you hoping to convert?

We just want to have an open door. We want people to talk to us about it if they’re interested. We hope that people feel comfortable to come and talk to us about it; we can really encourage them in it or if they want to come talk to us about how they really don’t like Christianity, I would love to help show them love from a Christian if they’ve been shown the opposite. If they’ve been judged by Christians, we want to show them that we’re all human beings and we all have problems and just want to show them love, really.

In asking Jason to leave based on his beliefs, though, doesn’t that send a mixed message?

I know a lot of people aren’t going to get it and that’s okay, but we really hope people can understand. We tried to explain exactly what was going on in our hearts and some people got it, some people didn’t, and some people just won’t. If they knew the whole situation, I think they would all pretty much agree with us on the decision we made. People are going to give us trouble for it and that’s okay with us. We’re ready to handle it; we know we did what we were supposed to do. I’m sure we’ll be answering a lot of questions about that for sure, but we’re ready to deal with what we need to deal with.

What are your expectations for the record?

We’re just really excited about it. We can’t wait to hear input. We’ve gotten some good input from the songs we’ve put out, but I’m just anxiously waiting for people to get the whole record in their hands so they can hear it all the way through and see how it flows and see how they like it. Honestly, if we can match what we’ve done in the past, we’ll be very happy.

The way that the music industry is now, it’s not as strong as it was years back; every year it seems that more and more people are stealing music and stuff like that, which makes it harder to really gauge how much really, you know, but we really would like to at least be comparable to the other records. In our style of music, it’s hard to have the staying power and this would be, I guess, our fourth record on Solid State so we’re just hoping to match it. That would make us very happy.

Dreamer is available now. Catch Haste The Day at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ, on Nov. 8. For more info, visit hastetheday.com.

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