How was the process of making this new record any different from your debut record?
The Summer House album started as a series of solo recordings of mine, then we started gathering bandmates and completed the album as a group. It was sort of a patchwork project in that sense. For this new album, we had the luxury of approaching it as a five piece band. Also, this album was recorded with Dan engineering at his new studio location, rather than at Greta's house where Summer House was record.
What is your favorite Beatles song and record?
"Something" is my favorite song, though HELP is my favorite full album.
What would you say you were the biggest influences on this new albums' sound?
Some of our overlapping influences were Spoon, Fleetwood Mac, Whitest Boy Alive, Elvis Costello, and many, many more.
You previously released "Cold Shoulders," "Slow Emergency," and "Leave You In Love." What made you guys decide to include them on the track listing of the record? Was that always the plan for them?
I wanted to include these on the new album because I think they are some of the strongest songs we've worked on and I wanted this new album to put our best foot forward.
What is your favorite song off the new record?
"Counterclockwise" is my favorite.
How did your line up change effect your album when you were writing and recording it?
When we recorded this album, we knew that Matt and Adam would no longer be touring with us (bass player and drummer), but we still wanted them involved in the writing process because they had toured with us for a year and there was lots of chemistry there. Not to mention, they are two of the best musicians I know and I wanted the soul of their playing on the songs!
If you could be watching one movie instead of doing this interview what would it be and why?
"Searching for Sugar Man" - the documentary about Motown artist Rodriguez. I just read a fantastic review of it and am really excited to get to the theater.
If you made a Gold Motel cover album what songs would have to be on it?
We've done a few covers in the past that would be fun to record: "Just What I Needed" by The Cars and "Modern Love" by David Bowie and "I Would Die 4 U" by Prince.
"For this new album, we had the luxury of approaching it as a 5 piece band."
Is there a band touring right now that you'd love to tour with?
There are a zillion!
Do you guys have a favorite venue?
My favorite in Chicago are Metro and Lincoln Hall. I love The Troubadour in Los Angeles as well. My favorite venues to attend concerts are the Greek Theater and Largo in Los Angeles.
What is your favorite record right now?
The Father John Misty record Fear Fun totally knocked me over. I've been learning all the songs. Love his voice, lyrics, and the arrangements. The new Dirty Projectors album Swing Lo Magellan is incredible as well.
What is your favorite cookie?
My friend from the Chicago band Chaperone makes the most unbelievable salted caramel cookies. I'm telling you, he'd be a millionaire if he opened a bakery.
What are you guys up to after this album any plans to work on another one?
The album was just released in July, so right now we're just focused on promoting it as best we can.
Your old band The hush sound are back touring is their anything more you can tell us about your future?
The Hush Sound has decided to record some new material and do some touring in 2013 and we are looking forward to reconnecting with our audience and we've had a great time reconnecting with each other as bandmates.