Plain White Ts Tom Higgenson on Ready for Love, "Sign Me Up!"
They have sites like that, too, like JMom, where it's just these crazy Jewish moms looking to pawn off their kids. It's definitely all out there for the finding. But moving on, I wanted to ask about your guys relationship. Plain White T's have been together now for more than 10 years, right?
Yeah, it's been since 1997 when we started.
So, I wanted to ask -- you know, doing pop music -- where do you keep drawing the inspiration? How do you keep things fresh after so long?
I think that inspiration is always... Ever since the band started, the first song I ever wrote was a song for a girl, or a song about my life, or a girl that I liked, or you know, just where I was in life. And that was back in high school. And I think that nothing has really changed, you know? I still write songs from the heart about things going on in my life.
Obviously, the Plain White T's, a lot of our music that we're known for is love songs. And like I said, that hasn't changed at all. There's a song on this EP, one of my favorites, called "You Belong," and the chorus is, "You belong inside the songs I sing." It's just a song about seeing the girl, and before you even talk, you know, just being that sort of love at first sight kind of a connection. So definitely -- girls, and love, and the idea of true romance -- that always sparks inspiration for our songs.
I know that in the last couple of years Tim has sort of done more vocal stuff where he hadn't been before. What made that change happen?
Well, he's always written songs. Ever since he got into the band, he's always kind of contributed some songs, and he's just been getting better and better, and writing songs that the band has more and more connected with.
You know, the last record, obviously, he wrote "Rhythm of Love." That was a big hit on the last album. And he has two songs on this EP that's already out. He did a song called "The Giving Tree," which is one of our favorites that he's ever written. It's a really pretty, very kind of almost folky love song. I don't know if it's love -- it's kind of sad. It's about a girl, an ex of his, who kept coming back to him after having all these other failed relationships, and she was just a taker. She just kind of drained everybody that she dated, and he wrote a song with the metaphor of the giving tree. He was always trying to make her happy, but all she was ever going to do was take and take. It's a really pretty song, but it's really sad.
So Tim's just writing some songs that the band is loving, and really coming into his own as a songwriter. He's giving me a run for my money. I like that. I like a little friendly competition. [Laughs] I can't coast by, I've gotta out-write Tim. It's fun!
Yeah, I mean, is it just a lucky coincidence that your band has two lead vocalist heartthrobs in there?
[Laughs] Yeah, it's sorta cool. It gives the band a new feel, you know what I mean? I feel like it's going to be a new dimension, for all the fans that are already out there, obviously they've grown up with us, through all of our albums and everything, and I think they're going to enjoy getting this other side of life and love that Tim's going to bring.
You'll be here in South Florida pretty early on, on June 8, headlining this Second Annual Party in the Park in Boca. It's sort of right around when school gets out for the summer. What's one of your favorite memories from summer breaks when you were a kid back in school?
Oh, man. You know what's funny is back in like -- you know how there's some people who were back in high school, they hated high school, and once they got out of high school it was like, "Oh, I'll never go back," or like, "I'm so glad that's over"? I was the guy who actually loved high school. Like, when we were in school, just realizing, like man, I get to see my friends every day, there're girls that I like that I can talk to every day and sit next to in class and, sure, the work sucked, but it was always fun. Plus you get summers off. I just knew back then that this was cool and that -- I think that's why I probably joined a band. I was like, "I don't wanna work, I wanna be around my friends all day and I wanna take summers off if I want to." You know, it's either be in a band, or I would've been a teacher or something, so I still could've lived that lifestyle. [Laughs] Luckily the band thing worked out.
That's a good point. That's a good way to avoid getting a summer job, just start a band. Wrapping things up, since you're about to head out on tour, and you're still sort of feeling the loneliness from what I'm assuming is a recent breakup, what are you going to do to avoid all these late-night texts?
Well, you know, that's the great thing about that song "Should've Gone to Bed," is even though I'm regretting it, and I know I'm doing something stupid, I think part of the fun is knowing that I'm gonna keep on doing it for a while. The song, it's sort of like, "Well, I should've gone to bed, but I didn't," and I don't know if you really learned your lesson, or if the next time you're out having some drinks, you're just gonna repeat the same thing. I don't mind being that guy for a little while, until I find somebody new, and until that girl comes along and, you know, kinda sweeps me off my feet, so that I can sweep her off her feet. That's the plan.
[Laughs] Well that sounds like a good plan. I mean, they can't all be failures in the end, right? As long as some of those late-night texts work out for you.
Exactly. There's always that time in-between. And then, once in a while, a good one comes along.
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