"Front man Fred LeBlanc may be one of the most captivatingly chatty, engaging frontmen in rock 'n' roll." - Times Free Press
Fred: You don't want to release an album to appease the mass marketplace and wonder, “What do I think the mass marketplace is going to like?” I've never been a fan of trying to get invited to other people's parties. I learned early in life, and especially with my band, you don't want to try to be one of the cool kids, so you can get invited to the cool kids’ party. You want to throw your own party, and you want people to come to your party. A long time ago, I had this epiphany: The party begins and ends right here.
Fred: What a fun night! After all these years, I still LOVE playing with this band! Probably now more than ever…
Fred: The truth of the matter is, I wrote "The Things You Wanted To Do" a long time ago. And I wrote the music for the song years ago. It was lost in a pile of songs. I found it during lockdown. I had the time to go through my back catalogue and found a pretty strong number of quality songs. Not only stuff that was out, but stuff that hadn't been released yet.
I don't really like to push things in one direction, especially when it comes to subjects people are sensitive about, simply because everybody in the band has differing opinions. We're not all in lockstep when it comes to ideas of religion or politics or anything like that. Everybody has different beliefs. And so, I tried to make what we put out there, in terms of the energy, kind of a one size fits all. I put it in terms of personal strength as opposed to pointing in some sort of dogmatic direction. I find that things like that are more divisive than they are cohesive. That's why I talk about the joy of being alive, the joy of what's inside your heart and soul.
But “The Things You Wanted To Do” turned out to be an unexpected one for us, which is great. It’s powerful. We play it well. I think the lyrics are great. I think it came out really well. And I've gotten a lot of strong comments about it. So that encourages us to do more things like that.