The 'I Write Sins Not Tragedies' hitmaker believes the band's new LP features songs about topics which are very close to his heart.
Asked if it is a personal album, he said: ''Yeah, it is. It's, I guess, two counts: it's a lot of my religious upbringing which I love bringing into my art because I can't deny it from my history. The cultural significance of the Mormon faith in who I became as an adult is huge so being able to use these themes like 'Pray for the Wicked', 'Swear to God I'll Never Repent', 'Mama Can I Get an Amen', 'Hook It Up' is cool.
''But it's also talking about where I saw myself as a kid to now. I dreamed of all this, being a rock star in a band. I used to make cardboard cut-outs of guitars and paint them and do the strings and tie yarn around them and then just sit in front of the mirror and act like I was singing Blink 182 songs or David Bowie or Queen songs. So a lot of the record is talking about that. There's a song 'High Hopes' which is about that, 'A Letter To My Mom': Hey look ma, I made it. That's a fun one.''
The 31-year-old singer drew on music from new artists as inspiration for the album.
He added to NME: ''It's more of a mish-mash but there are some more modern productions. I was listening to a lot more newer stuff and trying to learn why I liked this stuff so much. Like Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Sza that whole album is so beautiful - Dua Lipa, Kehlani, Cardi B. There's a lot of amazing female artists coming out right now and I was really enamoured with their production styles and their lyrics so I was stealing a lot from a lot of different people but also going back to roots with jazz and folk music and rock and classical - I try to use it all.''
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