Never knew Ian had a cameo in High Fidelity!
Clite: Are you in the studio right now?
IW: We were in the studio all month last month in October up in Rhode Island, which is the same recording studio we’ve made all of our stuff at, Machines with Magnets and most of it’s done, except I have a bunch of little details to finish up here and there so I’m trying to sort of clean things up and make it sound the way I want it to sound and I’m just doing that at home. And then, I don’t know, it will be out in the spring, that’s all I know.
Clite: What’s the sound with the new one?
IW: What’s the sound? I guess it’s instrumental. It’s all instrumental and we’re just sort of making music that we want to listen to, that’s all. Which is a really simple way of putting it I guess, we’re not trying to please anyone with this record, just trying to please ourselves. Do I think that we did things right? Yes, but I don’t know if the rest of the world will think that, but I think that they’ll like it. We got the chance to play one show late September, this past September. It was the first time we had actually, when we made the previous record we hadn’t played live with any other material, so we had to sort of make the record in the studio and afterwards we had to figure out how to play it. This record, we actually had the chance to play it live on stage at least once, it was probably a pretty sloppy show, not that great, but it was sort of like we played all brand new songs on stage, and to actually stand in a room in a space together and play it, it’s a small accomplishment. So the fact that, going into the studio this time we sort of know how to play it this time, which is for the better because the thing that happens is, after you record a record then you get to play a lot of live shows off of it. After you’ve played the songs for like a year and a half on stage, you become so much better at it, and then you look back at what you recorded and you’re like “oh my god, it was so primitive when we recorded this and now it’s our show, playing it in such a better way.” At least we got play it once before we recorded.