"The name AM/PM is a reference to a song by the band Give Up The Ghost,” explains KJ. "Many people get stuck in the motion of living their everyday lives. The whole album encompasses how we choose to go through life. We’re creatures of habit, but we can choose to break out of that. Think outside the box. A lot of the songs encourage being introspective, self-aware, and not just doing the same typical shit every day.” Throughout 2016, the boys recorded what would become AM/PM with producer Drew Fulk [Motionless In White, We Came As Romans] in Los Angeles. Along the way, they succinctly sharpened their style.
"Drew really understands the big picture of a song,” explains KJ. "He knows how to help us arrive at the end result we want. That’s why we love working with him. We got to achieve the vision we set out for together.” Now, AM/PM codifies that vision. The first single "Bite Marks” swings from an ominous and airy beat into a vampiric vocal volley barely above a whisper before unexpectedly snapping into an unforgettable refrain. "It’s really about temptation,” he goes on. "You’re giving into a relationship that you know you shouldn’t, but you’re addicted to the feeling. The song has more of a sexual overtone. It’s something different for us.”
AM/PM threads together a captivating musical narrative. After a buzz of feedback, "Picture Day” showcases the band’s knack for a hook, and "I Lost My Mind (In California)” taps into a sun-soaked groove a la Weezer. With its chilling clean guitars and haunting lyrics, "Montreal” takes a personal turn. Each moment adds another layer of complexity to the album as a whole. "There’s a lot going on in the songs,” KJ leaves off. "I’d love for people to listen to this album and find that deeper meaning for themselves and take something tangible away.”