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Tonight Alive’s Jenna McDougall On Recording ‘Underworld’: “We Were Going Through A Lot Emotionally”

Jack Rogers
Jack Rogers 24 October 2017 at 16.58

Jenna opened up on the Rock Sound Podcast about the trials of making the band's upcoming new album. 



HOW DO YOU FEEL THE LAST FEW MONTHS  HAVE BEEN? 
"I guess when you're in the moment of dealing with your emotions you don't always know where you stand and I know looking back in retrospect that was a really fucking crazy time. Shit was crazy. We were going through a lot emotionally. Going from Slam Dunk to Thailand, there was a really refreshing feeling but there was still a lot to be dealt with. Once we got to Thailand we were all dealing with our own inner emotional turmoil. 

With a song like 'Temple' out and announcing Whakaio [Taahi, guitarist] leaving the band, you can see looking back that was the beginning of some pretty serious changes.

I think I was probably just in denial about everything. You kind of have to be in denial a little bit because then you don't have a protective barrier and then you feel too much. If I actually have a look at how I feel it would be too much."


WHEN YOU WERE IN THE STUDIO WAS IT A CASE OF JUST GETTING ON WITH IT?
"You could really see what was going on internally for us as a band. We always move in when we make a record and we are really good at living together. We're best friends. But at the time none of us were really talking emotionally.

We weren't breaking through this barrier and saying 'hey are you ok? Why are you spending so much time alone?' None of us were really offering that hand to each other because we were all doing our own shit.

It was a really interesting time because we were in such a beautiful country. There were a lot of things about making that record that were perfect. There were all these things there for me to be grateful for but I just wasn't happy."


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