Although he contributes both lyrically and musically to the band, Ben's first love has always been composition. It wasn't until college that he sort of forced himself to begin writing lyrics. And now he finds himself caught in the middle. But don't think he doesn't like it! His story: "I've always come from a musical place before anything else, and geeking out. I liked composition before I actually got into songwriting. But I think I've always found myself kind of caught in between. I still do. I love composition, but I've always wanted to listen to songs that people like. I always enjoyed secretly listening to the radio when I was supposed to be doing something else. But I think that also kind of pushed me to be where I am. It's why I like Electric Light Orchestra, for example. Those things that to me are kind of scrambled, on a parallel with the place I came from growing up. But I did make a really conscious effort to really dive into the lyric world in college, just because I wanted to do something else. I think I might have gotten a little burned out on the compositional side, and I just really wanted to kind of get myself a beat down.
And especially with the new record that we're working on, it's very lyrically charged. A lot of it comes from the titles. We're all fans of anybody that can already grab your attention from an intriguing title. Tom Petty does it a lot. I mean, he'll write 'Learning To Fly,' and already you're kind of intrigued. And especially this album I would say we're trying to be as broad as we can. Because I think that the more broad you can go, the more people you can relate to. And it's not an easy task." (Check out the full Ben Romans interview