bert mccracken

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

WHERE DID THE IDEA FOR THIS AL­BUM COME FROM, BERT? “The idea came from when we recorded Live & Acous­tic At The Palace two years ago.we wanted to record some­thing that cap­tured the whole essence of the band, all the mis­takes and slip-ups and ev­ery­thing, in its beau­ti­ful hu­man frailty. That re­ally in­spired a need to make some­thing sim­i­lar to what he­roes like Pink Floyd and Tom Petty used to make.we didn’t want to use a com­puter as an in­stru­ment; we wanted to use hu­mans, and their… vibrations.”

WHAT HAD YOU HEARD ABOUT Ross ROBIN­SON BE­FORE YOU WORKED WITH HIM? “I’m pretty close with Frank Iero. Know­ing that he did his re­cent record [Keep The Coffins Com­ing] with Ross, I reached out to Frank, and he wrote me a re­ally long text that was an in­spi­ra­tion. He said that if I wanted to make a great rock’n’roll record, then there are a lot of pro­duc­ers out there that can do that, but if I wanted to dig deep and to get to the true mean­ing of why peo­ple cre­ate, and ex­pe­ri­ence some pain along the way, then Ross is the guy.”

YOU IN­CLUDED A SNIPPET OF YOU DO­ING THE “PSY­CHIC SURGERY” WITH Ross ON FOR YOU – WAS IT IM­POR­TANT FOR YOU TO use THAT? “Yes.we built a lit­tle cave within the stu­dio that be­came my home in­side a home.we would do his psy­chic surgery for about an hour at a time when we were record­ing, which was very per­sonal and very deep. On that night in par­tic­u­lar, it felt so per­fectly nat­u­ral.”

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