Troy Van Leeuwen: “Mu­si­cally we can do any­thing we want”

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When did you start

work on Vil­lains? Around Au­gust last year we de­cided we were just go­ing to be a band, sort it out old school in the re­hearsal room. Mark [Ron­son] came in near the end as a fresh set of ears. He’s al­ways in­trigued me. He also has great hair. We heard he was a fan, but you never know what that means. But he was very re­spect­ful to our his­tory and knows a lot about mu­sic in gen­eral. Guitar-wise he had some re­ally in­ter­est­ing tech­niques. He helped us vi­su­alise our sonic fu­ture. One thing we wanted to do as a re­sponse to …Like

Clock­work is have more of an up­beat record. We al­ways want the au­di­ence to get up and dance, and that’s another rea­son we wanted to work with Mark.

What about the two

slower songs? It’s re­ally del­i­cate for us to ven­ture into that ter­ri­tory; they need to have the right lyrics or it turns a bit sappy. We’re not usu­ally a bal­lad band, but mu­si­cally we can do any­thing we want. IN­TER­VIEW: PETER WATTS

Did he know about QOTSA? How did he help with the groove el­e­ment?

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