While taking a laid back drive , Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, the talented duo behind the band, took the opportunity to reminisce and discuss a particular chapter in their lives. They recorded their heartfelt conversation in a video that they later uploaded to their social media platforms for fans.
In the footage, Smyers and Mooney transport themselves back to December 2021, a time when their demanding (Arena) Tour had just ended, leaving them grappling with overwhelming exhaustion and built-up frustration.
“I was in, like, the lowest low of my entire life. Came off the road and I was like, ‘Man, I f–king hate music. I’m ready to quit,'” Smyers admits.
In an unexpected turn of events, the duo confessed that they hadn’t exchanged a single word for a period of four months afterwards. This revelation came as quite a surprise, considering they had been close friends for more than ten years.
“Whether we break up and we hug it out and say ‘Man, this has been the best 10 years of my life,’ or we say, ‘Man, this is a launching-off point, this is a new beginning, this is a chance for a whole new outlook on life,'” Smyers tells about their mindset at the time.
After they finally got together to talk about their problems, they had a conversation that was a game-changer. It reignited their passion for the band and set them on a path to develop a healthier and more positive way of communicating.
“The thing that filled my cup the most was being in a room with you, making music together,” Smyers said. “One of the most important things that’s ever happened in my life was Dan + Shay.”
And at the end of it all they decided that they couldn’t let go of it all that easily. “We wanted to hang out, and it was like, writing a song was just our hanging out,” Mooney adds.
The groups journey to who they are today has proven to be strong. Even recently sharing a presave link, hinting that new music is on the way very soon for them.
“I can feel the closeness of our relationship and our friendship when I listen back to the music,” Smyers explains. “We are by far, a million times, the closest we’ve ever been. For so many reasons. But because we worked at it. That makes what we’re doing now infinitely sustainable. I could do this the rest of my life with you.”
The group’s journey to their current state has been remarkably resilient. They have consistently demonstrated their strength, and most recently, they even shared a presave link with an image, hinting that new music is dropping on July 14. It’s clear that exciting things are on the horizon for them.
“We are by far, a million times, the closest we’ve ever been. For so many reasons. But because we worked at it. That makes what we’re doing now infinitely sustainable,” Smyer shares. “I could do this the rest of my life with you.”