What are you most excited for people to hear on the new album?
It’s probably the range that we have on this record. On the first one, those were songs. On this one, it’s an album. It starts with chimes ringing, and then it gets dark, it gets rowdy, there are some introspective parts and then the energy comes back up. Towards the end, there’s a kind of song that we’ve never written. There’s a wider range of tones, and we just put so much more work in the arrangements.
Did you ever feel stretched thin, trying to find that range? Were you ever forced to step your game up, even if it was hard?
We definitely pushed ourselves, but the growth came naturally. We’ve been together for four years now, so we felt compelled to push ourselves. When we wrote it, we went to this ranch -- it’s a place that our friend runs -- and we literally had to get up in the morning and feed sheep and goats. We got groceries, went to the liquor store, and holed up for four days. Sometimes we come back to our weekly practice, and we’ve forgotten the part we were working on. It helped us to be together for four days straight.
Was there one moment on the farm that left its mark on the album?? Can we hear, say, a lot of the chickens on this album?
There was! There were these goats, man, and they would smash their heads against the wall every morning. And that energy, that power, that frustration, that urge to get something out of you...we talked abotu that a lot while we were writing. We asked ourselves, ‘What would that goat do during this part?’
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