“There are all these bands where the lyrics are super serious, and they don’t smile when their pictures are taken and they’re all scowl-y and dark,” said singer/guitarist Jordan Mitchell, who joined guitarist Andrew Dolan for a mid-November interview (bassist Ben Ridgway and drummer Alex Skaggs round out Beggars’ current lineup). “I always liked [Black] Sabbath and [Ronnie James] Dio, so I was like, ‘Why not just make it a little fantastical [and] a little party hearty.’ ... I just wanted to keep it light and fun and on the surface, and play some sick riffs over it. When it comes to the lyrics ... we’re not U2. I’m not Bono. We’re not saving the world. We’re just trying to party, so it should sound like we’re wearing leather and denim.”
Read the full interview with Beggars onColumbus Alive.
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