Esquire interviews Rice about being away from the spotlight for almost a decade and getting back into making music.
For me it felt like I was just blinking my eyes. When you go to bed at night, you get seven or eight hours of sleep. I’ve had enough sleep. I’ve rested, and it’s as simple as that. I want to do it now. I didn’t want to three years ago. I was waiting until it felt right. I wanted to get back to falling in love with my guitar again, and hanging out with my guitar like I would a friend. I took a year off, and I thought that would do. But a year turned into two, and then three, so it just kept going. If I was to pin it down to something specific, I’d say that up until about three years ago, the songs I was writing still had lyrics or sentiments that didn’t match what I was feeling. It was old, negative energy coming out of me still, but it needed to all get out so I could trash those songs and put them in the bin. And then I was able to let the new songs out.