When We the Kings released their new album, 'Smile Kid,' last month, the Florida rockers stopped by our New York office to play some tunes, including their catchy single, 'Heaven Can Wait.' While they were in town, the band -- Travis Clark, Danny Duncan and Hunter and Drew Thomsen -- also chatted with us about their music, collaborating with Demi Lovato and why they appreciate even the wackiest fans.
"She's incredible," lead singer Travis told JSYK of Demi. "She had been a good friend of ours for a while. I called her and was like, 'Hey, I have this song. I'm gonna send it to you. Let me know what you think.' I send her songs just to see what she thinks. She was like, 'It's absolutely amazing. It gave me chills.' And I was like, 'All right, well, do you want to sing it with me?' And she's like, 'No way!' She started freaking out."
Travis said that the song, 'We'll Be a Dream,' is "all about growing up, being what you want to be, staying true to your roots, and finding love." Wanting to represent both a male and a female in the song, he and his bandmates thought of Demi right away and brought her into the studio with them.
"She's a Disney star, and we knew that we might get hate on it or whatever [over working with her], but I think once people actually hear the song they'll realize she's actually a very incredibly talented singer," Travis explained. "It makes the song, it really does."
But we were curious to know -- how exactly did the band initially cross paths with Demi? "She actually came to one of our shows and she wanted to meet us, like two-and-a-half years ago," Travis said. "We just kind of hit it off. She was very cool. Every time we went out [on tour], she came to our shows."
Believe it or not, Demi might not be the most memorable fan that the guys have encountered. She's famous, but with so many dedicated We the Kings followers, Demi has some interesting competition.
"We received voodoo dolls of ourselves from a fan, who I guess was into witchcraft or whatever," Travis shared. "The craziest thing about it is you don't know what to do with it. If you throw it out, is that a bad omen or something?"
Hunter, who plays guitar in the band, chimed in: "The craziest thing is she gave me mine, and I had an arm missing from it. I was like, 'Um, what happened here?'"
Check out exclusive photos from We the Kings' visit below. The band's sophomore album, 'Smile Kid,' is available in stores and on iTunes now.