Go Radio's upcoming sophomore album, "Close the Distance," showcases how much the band has grown -- both as individuals and as artists -- since their debut album, "Lucky Street," was released on Fearless Records in 2011.
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"I hate to use the word mature or more grown-up," frontman Jason Lancaster laughed, "because that usually insinuates a sophomore slump for some people. But it really is a more adult album for us."
The album's first two singles, "Collide" and "Go to Hell," have already given a fans a taste of what is to come from Go Radio, which founded after Lancaster left pop punk band Mayday Parade in 2007. "Go to Hell" is "such a different song for Go Radio to do," Lancaster told Billboard. "Even on this record, it's a very tonally and stylistically different song."
"Close the Distance," due Sept. 18, is different for the band -- but it's not a "giant step in a different direction," Lancaster explained. "Where we went is where the band naturally grew."
He added, "It's not going to be the same Go Radio that everybody likes, but hopefully our fans will come with us."
The album also features notable tracks "I Won't Lie," the title track, "The Ending" and "Hear Me Out," an emotional power ballad written by guitarist Alex Reed. "Track to track and cover to cover, I believe that this record is the greatest thing that any of us have ever been a part of," Lancaster said, speaking for bandmates Reed, Matt "Burns" Poulos and Steven Kopacz.
"The title track, 'Close the Distance,' is a very important one," Lancaster continued. "It does talk about, even when times are really good… there are struggles and there are burdens and there are things that we go through privately that a lot of people don't see."
Go Radio is on tour in the U.S. through October, and "Close the Distance" drops next Tuesday (Sept. 18). Lancaster isn't sure what the band will be doing next, but "there are always plans." They're working on a headlining tour for the end of the year, but it's just a "strong idea" at this point. "We're always trying to tour, we're always trying to do more and we're always trying to grow. So the bigger the better."