"Mahal kita, sobra! Manila, one of the most beautiful cities in the entire world," vocalist
"It's very important. Everywhere, every market is super-important, I would say this is probably one of our biggest markets for sure. It's amazing and amazingly historic to be the first artist in the world, in history to play five (big arena) nights (straight) , so we're so stoked, so honored. Ya, it's a beautiful thing to happen to us," says frontman Paul Jason Klein in a media scrum with selected members of the press made possible by UMusic Philippines and official local promoter Live Nation Philippines.
"Hopefully, just as an awesome band," said Klein when asked what their goal as a band was. "We just make music to hopefully make people feel less alone in life, maybe to make peoples' life, like, one percent better. For people to go regard us as one of their favorite bands."
"Having some kind of impact on the world, 'cause we had bands that we loved that did it for us," added drummer Jake Clifford Goss.
"I think this whole show is the freshest thing we've ever done," Klein said when asked about preparations for this tour. "I think we've gotten so much better as a band. I think our production and the setlist, I think we're the best we've ever been right now. Hopefully, we just keep getting better. I think we're twice as good as we were in 2019. We've worked really, really hard on our setlist. We've obviously put out two albums since we've been here. We have a lot of new songs to play here that people haven't heard live yet here, so we're stoked. I think that's the best and most special thing we can bring in these nights - an incredibly thought out and ready setlist that's really cohesive."
"It's awesome, I love when people get involved and particptae on our shows," Klein said when asked about the Filipino crowd. "I love when people sing over me, on top of me, louder than me. I think there's a power when a bunch of people come in together and do something in unison. The Filipino fans, particularly are incredibly vocal and sing, so I love when they do that. That's one thing I look forward to."
"There's so much love we have for our Filipino love, and there;'s so much love they bring back," Goss said. "When you stand up and sing, there's this certain kind of explosion. And the lights they have, it's really beautiful, It's so great, so fun."
"I think the inspiration is everywhere," Paul said when asked where he derives inspiration for their albums. "I think everyone is awesome, or have the potential to be awesome. There's so many cool people out there doing trippy stuff that inspire us. But I also think we operate a lot on conviction and instinct. So whatever's inside of us, we liasten to that, and that's been the compass for our band, and for our vision is what we really believe in, and what we agree on. We a are very uniquely sweet op, we're not trying to be anything like anyone else, and that's really where our secret power lies, or whatever."