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Old Dominion aimed to create a meaningful album with "Happy Endings"

Courtesy of RCA Records Nashville
Courtesy of RCA Records Nashville

Old Dominion saw massive success with their debut album, Meat and Candy, and they admit there was some pressure when creating their follow-up project, Happy Endings. This time around, though, the band focused on their talents as songwriters, and their desire to create songs with meaning.

“There definitely is more pressure,” frontman Matthew Ramsey tells People. “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! Crap, we have to do that again.’”

While Ramsey says the band made a “really good romantic comedy” with their first album, they knew they wanted to evolve with their second project.

“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,” he shares. “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 band.”

Old Dominion has already proven they’re here to stay with the success of their lead single, “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart,” which recently hit number-one on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.

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