By Nuzhat Naoreen
You can miss a lot when you're on tour for nearly seven years.
For Lacey, the lead singer of Flyleaf, going on tour meant not being able to watch her younger sister, who was 10 when Lacey left, grow up.
With the impending release of Memento Mori, Flyleaf's long-awaited second album, she and guitarist Jared Hartmann opened up to MTV News about life away from the tour bus and the meaning behind their new music.
Lacey, who is from Arlington, Texas, said it was weird coming back home after being on tour for so long because the small town she grew up in got so much bigger. While most of us would love a seven-month vacation — especially after what seemed like seven straight years of working — Lacey couldn't stay away too long. Even during her break she said she and the band continued to work on the album, and that staying at home with nothing to do made her feel restless at times.
"When we got back on the bus after a long time, we were like 'Oh, we're home,'" she said.
Lacey and Hartmann also talked in-depth about the inspiration behind their music.
Lacey, who is the second-oldest of six kids, said that she sang some of the songs on the album, like "Tiny Hearts," with her younger sister in mind. She also shared how her husband (she got married last year), was the inspiration behind the song "Treasure," which she wrote after he proposed to her.
"It's just so mushy, not very rock," said the singer, who was wearing a red net dress, a Mona Lisa pendant and brown sneakers (definitely an eclectic look!). Mushy? Maybe. But endearing? Definitely.