Andrew: That's the joy of my day right now, is just exploring that and thinking about it. Is it music, or do I take a break? Is it writing? Do I travel? There are all these kind of doors that now seem wide open because all these things that I really needed to talk about have been discussed. And that's a great feeling, because even after Passenger was done -- it was left so open-ended. You look at "The Resolution," which is one of the last songs I recorded for that record. It's not that I found one. To be in a place where it's like "Okay, we've finally gotten out of that mess, what is next?" And I don't know. I finally feel like anything is possible, and there are a lot of doors that are open, and I'm in the process of figuring out which one to go into.
AP: That sounds exciting rather than frightening for you, which is also a positive thing.
Andrew: It's true. I feel like a kid right now. And I don't feel afraid. I've built two careers in 10 years, and I'm pretty proud of both of them -- I'm really proud of both of them. But at the same time, what I feel most obligated to is sourcing inspiration and chasing it down and living inside of it and not obsessing over whether or not this track is going to be on the radio or whether or not this album is going to be gold. Instead, [I'm] just trying to do things that are worth doing and leave me with a feeling like I've created something -- and I didn't create it for somebody else, but I created something and I'm proud of it.
"I’ve never really written a lot of songs about fighting, and to me it was a weird spot to pull inspiration from. But it became a little bit of a beacon for the album, in that sense, to be able to talk about this… and to write a song like ‘Television’ where you’re having that kind of dialogue — this isn’t like ‘Oh, I just went back to my apartment and went to bed.’ It’s like ‘No, we’re going to have this brawl and then I’m going to see you in two minutes.’"-Andrew McMahon, on “Television”
"If I were a tool, I’d be a David Hasslehoff."-Andrew McMahon
"‘Andrew, what’s with the stache?’ Just tryna have a little fun."-Andrew McMahon
"It’s basically an entire album worth of bonus tracks that will come out. I say ‘If you have to wait three years for me to put out a record, you might as well get a second record worth of extra stuff, too.’"-Andrew McMahon, on People and Things bonus tracks
"There was a moment where I certainly was running the other direction and didn’t wanna talk about it. But now, I use that as an opportunity to open up this conversation to make a difference for other young adults who are fighting cancer, and hopefully make it easier for them than it was for me."-Andrew McMahon, on his leukemia
I didn’t have that [parenting] experience, so I kinda went from the other direction… You know, this idea of the depth of family and what that means. You know, not so much like just as being someone’s child, but just the idea of being a member of something that’s kind of just so intertwined into your being, you know, and to kind of be connected to all these people in a way that you can’t undo even if you try, you know. And I think that comes with a set of just amazing sort of benefits, and then it also comes with these other things that can be tricky, too.