How is Side B different from Side A?
“The funny thing is, before we recorded the last record [Side A, 2016] we never really had a history of touring so much. But for the past two and a half years I think I’ve maybe spent two months at home. We’ve been on the road for two and a half years straight! So we knew how crowds reacted to certain songs; we got our live chops really down, and we kinda took that into the studio with us.”
You borrow from a lot of styles – where do you place yourselves?
“This record takes so many different turns. You’ll Be Fine kind of has this My Chem feel to it, and Dying In A Hot Tub has got a real Radiohead-type ‘90s grunge vibe to it. It’s got a little bit of everything, because we never really want to hold ourselves back. No matter what type of song we make, we don’t ever want to be held down to one genre. We think it’s really important to play what music
“WE NEVER WANT TO BE TIED DOWN TO ONE GENRE” REMINGTON LEITH
comes naturally to you. It doesn’t matter if it’s more rock, more pop, even more hip-hop – we never want to be pigeonholed to just one type of music.”
You scrapped one version of the album. What happened?
“We did. We went into the studio, we played all the songs, and I’m not sure entirely what happened, but the producer and us did not see eye-to-eye, because what we played and what we heard back were two completely different bands. They were the same songs, it just wasn’t the right producer. So we went with one of our good friends – his alias is Linus – and we made the entire record in a couple of weeks just on a laptop. We just made the whole thing in his bedroom! And funnily enough, that was the way to do it, because for
the first attempt we got, y’know,
a nice studio, we got the catering every day – that’s not the way to make a record.”