The process of making this record has been an odd and very unusual experience for me. Having spent most of the last 5 years writing almost exclusively with Model-003 in Last Year's Model (and at points collaborating with the Grand High Falsies for a little pop punk girl group action in The Falsies), getting back to writing entirely on my own was scary in an of itself, but doing it all on my own meant that I could realize any odd idea I had in my head exactly as I thought it. This lead to fears that perhaps what I was trying to communicate (musically) would be too odd or obtuse, but since the purpose in doing ATTACK.WAV was to unabashedly express ideas I hadn't had the oppurtunity to express in the past, I tried to push this thought away. The motto for ATTACK.WAV, while losing the LYM rock feel, was to do everything cuter and faster and busier. Crowding everything with as many synths as I could has been a matter of course, but how would this translate?
After I wrote a few songs, I called upon Sine Wave and Tree Wave to back me up in a live setting. A period of adjustment was to follow. Some things that sounded awesome in a controled and intensely quantified setting just didn't translate to the three of us playing it live. So we cut things, and in other places changed parts entirely. It is my hope that this creates a live aesthetic that, while different from the recorded ATTACK.WAV, will still communicate the same feel, but adjusted to make the most of our human component. Perhaps the live element makes the whole experience a bit more accesable, a bit less happy hardcore pico pop and a bit more plastic amateur band. Both are very important influences to me and I hope that hearing our new music will open up a world of music that you may not have enjoyed before.
After rehearsing for awhile, we selected songs for the ep as a band. I then went back and re-recorded all the audio with my Dave Smith Instruments Mopho and M-Audio Venom. I took some of the changes we had made as a band into the new studio recordings, while leaving most arrangements in their original form to emphasize the difference between the studio and the stage. I am very excited to have recreated my original, fully soft synth recordings with some legit gear. The difference in the quality of the sounds is immense, and added much needed warmth to the songs.
Finally, it was time to begin mixing. We decided to have an outside source co-produce the ep rather than doing it all ourselves as we had in the past. This turned out to be the best decision we could have made; the ep will be co-produced, mixed and mastered by Woodie Taylor (Love is All, Comet Gain). Though his history in arty garage punk may not seem like a good fit for electronic pico pop, his aesthetic has proved to be a perfect match for ours, and his expert use of analog gear and DAW mixing programs has instilled new life into our recordings and I can't wait to share them all with you.
Sorry I can't let you hear it yet...there are a few things to take care of first. But allow me to help you enjoy the new record by giving you some of the vocabulary that informed the music in the first place. and be sure to get stoked.
Plus-Tech Squeeze Box
Short-lived early 2000's electro pop side project of Lasse Lindh, Tribeca was described by one of my friends as "Postal Service with balls". How eloquent! But is true that while this project has some of the same "play it loud while driving" feel, it also gets far darker and the tonalities used are far more varied. Plus, Lasse's about to break vocals are far more interesting than those Death Cab For Cutie's dude's lackluster deliveries. This is "Solitude" from their second album, "Dragon Down". Totes a mix tape anthem (remember those?!)
Even though I am not one to glorify Postal Service, Jimmy Tamborello's project before PS has always been close to my heart. The band was openly obsessed with early Depeche Mode and the songs they crafted are the number one thing responsible for my current love of synthesized music. Here's the first track I ever heard of theirs, "New Mate", off their debut album "Transportation + Communication = Love".
Okay, I'm glad that we understand each other a little better. Maybe all this info doesn't mean much cuz you haven't heard the record? I hope you will enjoy it anyway!! See you soon.