Indy: Your previous CD, Late Night Conversations, got your band labeled as "Midwest emo." Did that bother you?
DA: It didn't really take me aback, because I think that record is definitely like a Midwest emo record. I don't ever really necessarily want to have a label stamped on our band, by any means. I think we're [just] kind of a rock band ... But that record is a huge reflection of where we came from, with all the Midwest, like, indie emo bands.
Indy: The biggest contrast between Conversations and your band's new CD, In the Shadow of Two Gunmen, is that the new CD seems to have a bit rootsier, almost country element. Do you agree?
DA: The new songs, they were really rocking, but in a slightly different way. We wanted to embrace that. We kind of really wanted to embrace the Midwest sound that I think we had cultivated within ourselves from record to record. We definitely didn't want to lose that. But we also wanted to have a little more of the Midwest, country vibe on the record.
Indy: Gunmen is strong, yet it seems like the group hasn't gotten nearly as much press or attention as one would expect. Is that an accurate observation, and does it bother you?
DA: We're definitely not ones to complain by any means ... But it's definitely been a little weird. Sometimes [we think] we're always, like, "We don't get a lot of interviews." We don't get a lot of the things. That doesn't really [make us upset] ... The people that love our band now and are into our band now will always be there.
At The Black Sheep, Nov. 18.