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With the new release of Old Dominion’s sophomore effort Happy Endings — the follow-up to their smash hit debut album Meat and Candy — there is perhaps no more telling sign of how far they’ve come than their current comfort level while out on the road.
“We used to travel the country all crammed in a van,” frontman Matt Ramsey tells PEOPLE, thinking back to the release of their first album. “Now it hits us a lot these days because we’re actually traveling in two tour buses and we have a tractor trailer. You wake up in the morning and see this team of people with your logo on the back of their shirt and they’re all running around working their butts off for you with a smile on their face because they all want it to succeed too.”
Perks - Success - Pressure - Ramsey - Billboard
But along with the perks of success comes the pressure, and Ramsey, 39, admits that despite debuting atop Billboard’s country album chart, the band is feeling it.
“There definitely is more pressure,” he says. “The first album you kind of expect it to not work a little bit. You’re like, ‘Eh, nobody is going to care about this.’ And then it does work and you’re like, ‘Oh wow, cool, that worked! ****, we have to do that again.’”
Approach - Time
Though they’re doing it with a different approach this time.
“With Meat and Candy, I felt like we made a really good romantic comedy, which have their place,” says Ramsey. “But I think as songwriters and as musicians and as a band, we are capable of making something bigger and more meaningful. That’s what we set out to do. To show that we’re here to stay and we’re legitimately songwriters and musicians. We’re in it for the long haul and we’re not just a little rom-com, pick-up line...
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