We recently spoke to William about the story behind 'Thirteen', and you can read the whole thing here.
Here's a preview:
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE DOING YOUR OWN THING PROPERLY AWAY FROM YELLOWCARD? "Yellowcard was an incredible journey and I am so grateful for everything I had, good and bad. But it is in the past. I’ve completely put it behind me. I look back on it fondly and I look back on it in amazement but I have personally and mentally moved on. I’m so thankful that it has given me the opportunity now to step away from it and do things my way."
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN DRAWING INSPIRATION FROM FOR THIS NEW PROJECT? "I’ve been getting comparisons to Death Cab For Cutie and Elliott Smith and Bright Eyes. All these amazing artists that I love who are so far from what I’ve always done. Also a lot of the ambient guitar work that I’ve done on the record has been a part of my musical palette for ages, like Explosions In The Sky and Mogwai and Hammock. These are artists I listen to everyday. So combining my love for the singer songwriter genre and my love for post-rock felt really natural for me because it’s stuff that I’ve been always been."
WHAT DOES ‘THIRTEEN’ ACTUALLY REPRESENT? "I don’t think I will ever stop writing about sorting through my mistakes and the lessons that I’ve learnt throughout my life. I was born in the last two weeks of 1979, so every decade I turn an even number. I turned 10 in 1990 and 20 in 2000. So I look back on life in decades. This last decade, 2010 to now, has been particularly challenging for me and my family and a lot of people I love. So these songs are a lot of looking back on the troubles that we have been through. I really wanted to stand there naked, if that makes sense. I wanted to bare it all. I didn’t want to hide behind anything. It’s very self-aware."