Alien Ant Farm frontman Dryden Mitchell tells RollingStone.com that his downtime for surgery and physical therapy following the band’s bus accident last year in Europe allowed the band to take a break from the success of its cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘Smooth Criminal,’ which treaded close to novelty. “Having this time away was the best thing for us,” he says. “I don’t wanna be known as that band, and at the same time, I don’t wanna not be known as that band. Every once in awhile, if I hear that song on the radio, I’ll think, ‘Wow that’s a pretty punchy song.’ But I think that whole Ant Farm thing got pushed in everyone’s face in a Weird Al kind of way. At the same time, I respect Weird Al more than just about any freakin’ rock act out there right now. He’s a pretty gnarly musician too.” Their yet to be titled sophomore album is due August 19th.