Decades was a rebranding exercise, as it contained the same four members that made up Ashei. After teaming up with Shihad drummer Tom Larkin who became their manager and producer they released album one.
“When we started album two, we were writing for a year and I started going over to a studio [in Australia] and collaborating with producers over there. We thought maybe that's how we'll roll out the album, we won’t all go record it, we'll just write it here in NZ, save money and go over and produce it. I can play a few instruments, and one of our producers plays the drums.”
“It was pretty unconventional for a rock band to do it that way, but that's just what was for us.” Then came the defining moment in what was already over a decade of making music together. Liam and Dan both started families, so just a musical family, there was a discussion to be had about time and money commitments.
“I brought up, because I had been the one going over and recording the music and writing a lot more of the songs by myself [as opposed to co-writing with Liam], that maybe we should take a break from Decades and maybe this stuff that we've been working on, that I've been working on, should be a solo thing.” It may not have come to an actual vote, but everyone was in favour. Emma says “they were kind of relieved.”