JS: Yeah the car, all of my songs are basically written in my car. All Kinda People - Various - Ready When You Ready (CD) The same… we are similar in that all of our voice memos in our phone are all us singing into the phone in the car.
But mostly it's listening to music and hearing a note in a song and pausing, and going on a tangent. RB: We also spend a lot of time writing song very late at night together usually here or at the Studio.
JS: On the back porch drunk late at night… Electric Power is chock full of late night studio sessions, drunk… pick up this guitar, fight for 10 minutes on how it should go, work it out, hey it sounds great!
Luck: Tell us about the scene here in Austin. What's the best part of being on the scene? EF: There are a lot of connections to make, whether or not you like a band. But the scene we play in, is really a familial scene. Metal bands playing with punk bands playing with indie rock bands and everyone got along. Like Justin said it's a lot more segmented here. There are a lot of bands. Jenny Carson: I think when people get asked that question it's almost like a dark cloud over the question.
Because the music industry is so hard. RS: Yeah Austin is this kinda weird middle ground between a small town with a really good music scene and a large city where there is an actual music industry like Nashville, LA or NYC.
JS: Yeah I was about to say, the biggest problem with this town in terms of music is that there is tons of talent in music but hardly [any] industry.
Austin City Limits Festival will fill local act for their 11am slots … so there's not a whole lot of support for local austin band even from these major events. Besides that there's hardly any labels here, but they just opened a pressing plant which is really cool because we now have a really easy and cheaper way for bands to press their music and get it out there.
And slowly, more stuff like that is gonna come as people notice all the talent, all the bands, it's gonna grow. But until that stuff is here it's more of a private scene compared to a city with industry.
These places are fucking wonderful because there are all kinds of artists, and the spectrum of artists…. RB: I think you are seeing different kinds of artist but also different mediums. You meet so many visual artist. Jaime Zuverza who did the album design for both records.
There's industries within industries. JS: I was telling Jackson the other day. The flyer looks great because Ben Tipton did it Ben is also in the band Trouble Boys with Jimmy and Erich All Kinda People - Various - Ready When You Ready (CD) finally, maybe somebody through all of those layers Not a Lot of cities are like that, or you got to pay big money.
It leads to an ongoing conversation in terms of what is Americana, is there gerne beyond good music? Funnily enough, MTV banned the video.
Despite this, Broken went platinum. That was almost 18 months ago. Today, Reznor--mild mannered, shy and nervous--is embarking on the next step of Nine Inch Nail's erratic career. It's taken him four years to release his new LP, The Downward Spiral, not through any lack of inspiration but simply because of a no-win war with his record company TV Toons.
Trent was furious and wanted out but the label refused--NIN were the only money spinners they had. So Trent refused to record any more product, but continued to tour and was duly accused by the critics of milking Pretty Hate Machine dry.
And at the end ofTrent Reznor had a near nervous breakdown. But these days Trent is practically a new man: TVT was bought out by record producer Jimmy Iovine, after he realized the only way he could sign Reznor was to buy their record company.
Trent has recently escaped the pressures of a stressful relationship and finished his thematic and gloriously understated LP. All things considered, he's recharged, relaxed and ready to go. So where does he hide the stroppy, rude, egomaniac alter-ego he likes to wheel onstage?
I just want to say to them, 'Well I could always piss on your head. Plenty of other frontmen smash All Kinda People - Various - Ready When You Ready (CD) instruments, a few abuse their audience, but not many also beat up members of their own band. According to Reznor, what most people have read as tantrums, gimmickry or uncontrollable rage, is in fact pure vengeance, a trick he learned early on in his career.
So we went out and there were these miserable-looking goth kids with huge hair and make-up, competing for who could look the most bored. It just got so irritating, so I picked up a slice of cold pizza and hurled it into the crowd--it hit this kid on the side of his head and his gigantic hair fell over. He had bits of pepperoni stuck to his cheek. Then we started pouring beer on the kids at the front and it was, 'Oh I'm melting, I'm melting.
So we just try as hard as we can to break through that wall of complacency. I've realized as a performer that if the crowd is shitty, they're not expecting me to kick the entire monitor rig into them.
I know there are some stunts I could pull out of the bag, but initially it didn't revolve around that. All those things we stumbled onto.
Trent is a classically-trained pianist but All Kinda People - Various - Ready When You Ready (CD) the mere mention of an impromptu tinkle, he retreats to the kitchen for a bottle, mumbling something like "I've forgotten everything I was ever taught Raised by his grandparents from the age of five as an only child, he was separated from his sister and parents and lived in the town of Mercer near Pittsburgh.
College life--studying computers--proved lonely and pointless, and he was labelled 'faggot' for listening to music instead of playing sports.
In his desperation not to fall into Middle America's vast well of dead-end life, he clung to the idea of Nine Inch Nails. A few years later he moved to Cleveland and rented a flat with friend, drummer and able assistant Chris Vrenna. Chris and I were poverty brothers, we got our bills down so low so we could do music instead of getting shitty jobs.
I worked in a music shop, which was hellish. The last thing you feel like doing is coming home and playing an instrument. And I cleaned toilets in a rehearsal studio. I wiped many a musician's pubic hair off the toilet seat. It sucked. Here are two men who renounced life's necessities, food and warmth for their love of a twisted kind of All Kinda People - Various - Ready When You Ready (CD) and a belief that there must be something out there beyond sport and gas stations.
Because you have three different writers, it's impossible to have a perfect cohesive package. I think that's what makes this project interesting for us: we do have to sorta try and find some overlaps, some coherence to justify calling an album an album, but also accept that that's never going to be perfect.
I think that's what makes the Stray Fossa albums going forward exciting is that they have built-in variation that we can play into. We noticed that hearing back from blogs and all that. I think there are definitely people who are drawn to different writers in the band. It does feel like we have different moods or different voices or different topics to come up under different voices, which I think makes for an interesting project.
Maybe something you see less often these days. Zach: Yeah, great question. We went back and forth a lot trying to find artwork for the singles and for the album.
We were wondering how to package it and how to promote it and kinda what makes sense. We stumbled across his work on Instagram, and then we made the connection that he's actually done some work for some other artists that we really love.
So, we reached out and told him, "We really like your work. Here's some of our music. Would you be interested in this partnership and working together on this? We went through a lot of his work and found ones that we thought made sense. We found All Kinda People - Various - Ready When You Ready (CD) one piece in particular [and then] took some crops for the singles.
Yeah, it turned out well. One of the fun things was finding certain aspects of the art that went with the singles. The newest single ["Diving Line"] I think is a great example.
The artwork is just one section of the main album art that, in my opinion, goes perfectly with the song. So, that was just kinda a fun thing to work on and discover pieces within that main one. Will: I guess I'll take that. We shared it with some family and friends, and you know… If I had it my way I would release every song as a single because you kinda have to do that.
A single doesn't mean much of anything. It just doesn't make sense to drop five songs at once versus one, and therefore it's called a "single". But, I think the difference being that back in the pre-digital era the single was the focus track because it was the breadwinning track, and it justified the release of the rest of the songs that came with it on an LP or whatever format.
I think now it's like we release songs, and we want all of our songs to have a time for people to focus on the individual songs. It came out to be a bit arbitrary as to what five or what six or so we picked. And we're probably gonna try to put out each of them as much as we can because it's just the way it works. But, we do want people to listen to it as an album. It was track-listed as an album. We put some thought into how those flow, and I think the album has two different sides to it, which makes for a great LP.
I think we want people to listen to it in its entirety for the reason that we made it. Nick: The second track on the record is a really good track. It's not a single, but it's a song called "Bright Ahead". That's one of these songs where… A lot of times when you're listening to your own music, you're listening very critically. I think that's something that all artists probably have in common. It takes a while to get past the stage where you know how the sausage was made and actually try to listen to it objectively.
And that's a song that I got that very quickly for some reason. I'm able to just kinda lose myself in that song. So, that's definitely one of my favorites, and then the second one is a song called "Called Away Again". It's funny, that one had a different title for a long time, so I always have to remind myself. I think that's a strong song. It's a departure from the other songs on the album, so it stands out a bit.
It's a bit quieter, a bit softer. Zach: For me… Nick actually stole one of my answers. I think that second track, "Bright Ahead", is really quite good. As Nick said, it didn't make it as a single quote-unquote, but I think it just has this awesome energy, and I totally second what Nick said.
Will came in with a demo of that song, and I mean, we always have some feedback and some things that we'd like to work on as a band, but that was a song that really just felt like it was ready right then and there. It just needed some icing on top. It is, for me, just really easy to get lost in. I think that's a really great track, and I'm excited for people to hear it.
Will: I think I have favorite moments; I don't really have favorite songs. I like different songs for different reasons. Like, I really like how the engineering and production ended up on "Hypocritic", which is the lead-off single.
Honestly, I like how the production ended up on "Something Sound", which is the album closer. Also, there are a lot of nice moments in that song 'cause they make a pretty generous use of space. But in terms of the songs in their entirety, I think "Called Away Again" maybe would be up there. It's a good departure from the rest of the album. Otherwise, I think there are pockets.
Like, I really like the ending of this one song called "Much for Us". I like the ending of that a lot. You have to get to that point. Nick: It's because of the harpsichord that you like it, right? It's the harpsichord in there. Will: Yeah, I don't think that made the final version. Will: I took out the little dinky thing you put in the middle.
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