“What is the singer situation? Do you guys have any leads for a replacement?
A few times we’ve been so close we could almost pack up the van and go! But it’s usually been relatively short-lived and then we’re back in the same place, a little more demoralized than before haha. We were all hoping the public announcement was gonna give us something undeniable, but the truth is we didn’t get what we’ve been searching for. A lot of great singers submitted, and we sent out a bunch of clips for people to sing over and return to us. Many did, more didn’t, and we ended up not feeling comfortable enough to move forward with any of them, so far.
We haven’t exactly made it easier for ourselves by having been so quiet about the whole process since Jonny left. No one knows what we’re looking for, because we haven’t released anything to show the direction we’re headed and where we are at, and therefore we receive more submissions from people trying to sound like Jonny than people being confident in their originality. The search continues.
Have you read the AP article with Jonny?
I just read it the other day actually, and I have to say that he seems to be in a really good place. It seems very far from the Jonny Craig I knew, and I really hope he can keep it up. In fact, reading the interview sparked my first correspondence to him since he’s been gone. I shot him a text wishing him well, and we talked briefly on the phone last night. It was nice.
Was Jonny’s drug use a contributing factor in the decision to continue as a band without him? If so, does his current sobriety affect that decision? Is there any chance that he might be involved with Emarosa in the future?
Of course it was. It was spiraling out of control, and we had no experience with something like that and no clue of how to deal with it! All we could do at the time was watch it happen, and try and make the best decisions for the band. I’m truly happy to see that he’s sober! I will be honest and say I never thought I’d see the day, and because of that I’d say anything is possible.”