Old Dominion Not Scared of Sophomore Slump
Old Dominion are gearing up for their second album, but they have no fear about the oft-dreaded sophomore slump.
In an interview with Taste of Country before the 2017 ACM Awards in Las Vegas, the band shared that the record won't be a huge departure from their 2015 debut, Meat and Candy.
"I think it's kind of like with Meat and Candy, there were a lot of different flavors," Trevor Rosen says. "I think there are a lot of different flavors on this one, too."
While the band admit that they have several mottos — one being "this is never going to work" and another, "we're really going to do it" — frontman Matthew Ramsey asserts that the recording process for album No. 2 is going well so far.
"Before we started recording we were like, 'What are we going to do?' As we started recording we started to feel really good about it," he says. "I don't think any of us are scared about a slump. We're really proud of what we've done with Meat and Candy and we're really proud of the next one, too."
Adds the singer, "We're just having a good time. We're still playing with house money. If it's all over tomorrow, it's all over tomorrow."
Ramsey co-wrote the album's leadoff single, "No Such Thing as a Broken Heart," with bandmates Brad Tursi and Trevor Rosen, along with Jesse Frasure.
"One of my favorite things about this song is that there was no idea that day," Ramsey says. "We were just talking, and we had a little groove going, and I said, 'I wonder if Jack and Diane ever made it.' And we all perked up and thought, 'Man, what does that even mean?' And we started writing this song, with no real direction."
Old Dominion's Meat and Candy album was released in 2015. The new release is still TBA.
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