You want to know what’s changed?
Zack’s hair is brown and Rian no longer has his fauxhawk. Jack and Alex don’t have highlights, and their hair is shorter. They aren’t eighteen anymore and they don’t drive around in van with their parents.
You want to know what hasn’t changed?
Jack can still crack the most ridiculous joke at any moment, and then come back around and be completely serious. He’ll hug you like you’re the most important and special person in the world to him, even though he’s probably hugged a hundred people just like you, and he’ll still smile even if he’s having a rough day.
Rian is still the most wonderful, caring, and amazing person. He will still smile and thank anyone who takes the time to like his music, and he still can make you feel better even on your worst day, just by being himself. He’s still an amazing drummer, and he still is nice to everyone he meets, even if you don’t deserve it.
Zack is still a douchebag. Just kidding. We all know he’s just quiet. He still is the quiet guy with an amazing story to tell, and he still loves the three other guys in this picture just as much as he used to. He still smiles like crazy during shows, and even though he isn’t as loud as the other guys, he still loves and appreciates the people who care about him.
Alex is still the same guy who will stop in the middle of a song to yell at a guy for taking a swing at a girl, or to start a chant against someone who spat on Zack. He’ll still answer any question you throw at him, even if they don’t deserve an answer. He’s still the same guy who will run around acting crazy at Disney World. He’s the same guy who writes amazing lyrics, and constantly defends and loves all of his fans, even when we can be ignorant and selfish.
They are the same four guys who gripped our hearts and promised they’d never let go. They still do everything they can to make sure we are happy, and if we’re not, they apologize as much as they can. They will still read every letter we write, listen to every meaningful story we tell them. They will still give free water to kids at warped because of ridiculous prices, and they will still buy a pizza for people waiting outside in the cold for one of their shows.
They are still the same people they’ve always been. And nothing, and no one -not speculation or a bad review- will ever change that. They’re brothers, ‘till the end.