Hollywood Undead’s Johnny 3 Tears: New Single ‘We Are’ Inspired by America’s Youth
Hollywood Undead continue to pull in new fans with each album and the fact that their latest single ‘We Are’ is connecting with a certain demographic of their fanbase is no coincidence. One of the band’s emcees, Johnny 3 Tears, tells Loudwire that he specifically wrote the chorus with the fans in their teens and early twenties in mind.
He explains, “I guess especially when you’re out on the road, you talk to a lot of kids. A large majority of our fanbase are 16- and 17-year-old kids and they get up in their 20s and stuff, and the vast majority of them I make it a point to speak [to] and get to know as many of them as I can. And I suppose I hear a lot about their difficulties in this day and age. It’s depressing. I’m older now and kind of out of touch with some of the things that present themselves. And I kind of got the idea from talking to kids as much as I could. They go through what they go through and I always find that inspiring. I think it’s one of the more difficult times in anyone’s life and that was what I wrote the chorus about and we kind of filled in the gaps from there.”
Loudwire happened to speak with Johnny on the day of the Newtown, Conn., school tragedy and he relayed how different things are for kids of today than when he was growing up. He explained, “When I was a teenager, that stuff didn’t happen. I never heard of anything like that and now it seems to be, and I’m not just narrowing it down to one thing, but these things seem to happen all the time. I don’t know. I really feel for the group of kids that are walking around that have to deal with this stuff.”
He went on to add, “Obviously, I look at it from a different vantage point. I have a kid of my own and it’s definitely scary man, the way the world is going, and I really don’t know how things get this messed up. But certainly a song like ‘We Are’ is more important now than it was when I was younger. I feel a full-on empathy for what kids are going to have to go through cause it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. In fact, it seems quite the opposite. It’s pretty sickening sometimes, man.”
Stay tuned for our full interview with Johnny 3 Tears about Hollywood Undead’s ‘Notes From the Underground’ album.