Indy: With Someone in Control being the band's second CD, did songwriting come easier this time than on the first album?
Brown: I don't think it was easier, just because lyrically, I wanted to push the envelope, and you've got to find one-liners and put some stuff that's using words and do it in a conversational way. I'm not writing poetry. I'm writing lyrics, and I'm trying to make the lyrics where, if you read them back to yourself, you can use them in a conversation with somebody and have it make sense ... I think as you set your bar higher for what you want to do, you get to a point where you have to work that much harder.
Indy: Your songs seem more positive than those of a lot of hard rock bands. Being depressed and angry is fashionable. Why doesn't that approach work for you?
Brown: Because that's not the kind of person I am. I'm not going to go around moping about the situations in my life. I'm going to do something about them. Sometimes you feel lost and you feel like everything's gone bad and all this stuff. But in the end, you've got to pull through and you've got to recognize your [problems].
Indy: You changed producers for Someone in Control, going with Don Gilmore instead of Garth Richardson. Why did you want to work with Gilmore?
Brown: Basically Linkin Park, [those] records sound big and the guitars are [big-sounding]. We wanted our record to sound big, and the guitars are the main focus of the music. He just makes things sound great. He crafts a record real nice.
At the Colorado State Fair, Pueblo, Aug. 26.