Longevity is for a band that has over the years developed a constant state a double-edged sword. On the one hand it means that the music always has the strength to be good and to be recognized, but it can also just stop with the enclose just means no progress.
Sometimes this process has creeping transitions. Over a long Lebensyzklus away it is for a band immensely important to change if, further and thereby to still keep the passion in their music.
The San Francisco - Bay Area - derived band Dredg, which released in April that it was now fifth album in 15 years of band history, exactly is at this point.
The new album "Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy" Although marked a big difference to Dredg's debut album "theme", and your published in 2009, the last album "The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion", but that it can be seen that Dredg since the beginning of her career from the struts have been guided, in fact over the years to reinvent itself again and again.
Last winter and over a period of nearly eight months away, the band members have songs about emails exchanged. So they gave each song a unique opportunity to develop slowly, piece by piece. The producer Dan the Automator was early in this process. This was a collaboration of a very special kind, because the music of Dredg was merged with Dans visionary concept and its fOr him typical style. "I made an agreement with them," says Dan. "I said, 'I'm doing a bunch of tracks for you and whatever you do must be better than what I did, otherwise my tracks get on your album' FOr me, it was as if I would give you a target set. , Dredg there are long and they come together wonderfully made -. I just wanted to get out only from their familiar patterns and habits "
Because of this new approach, enstand in a very short time, a large part of the songs from "Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy". The band was forced to rely on your gut feeling, and perfecting this. Dredg spent several days in Trilogy Studio, and in Dan's home studio in the Bernal Heights in San Francisco. The focus of this serene atmosphere as possible was a lot of emotion from the music to filter what was achieved by the present song structures and under a great deal of use of spontaneity.
"Normally we rethink everything and are absolutely over precisely." Says Gavin. "We have this album simply left as it is and I think that was very conducive to the overall development. We wanted to do a bunch of songs that we like and about which we do not have to stumble. Dan works exactly. Him are snapshots much rather than perfection. I think that working with him has supported this idea. "
This album is like a new chapter in a book. The characters are well known and it still sounds like the work of the same artist, but the sound and the environment have changed. The songs have no concept, no common thread that connects them. The only similarity is that they hold all the same moment for a group of individuals. The 11 songs on the album are about 40 minutes long - a consciously chosen length because Gavin has seasons of successful albums extensively researched. The lyrics are not didactic undertone, they tell of Gavin's experiences which he describes his listeners in each song.
"I had more important moments, as with all other albums that we made previously in this time." Says Gavin. "More inspirierede moments. Getting to know my biological family for me was a big thing and interesting on many levels. We have decided to document this moment as a band and it can not be excluded. It is what it is."
The songs on the album are largely based on rhythm, some on loops. Here the influence of Dan, who has co-written by others on the songs "The Tent", "Sun Goes Down" and "Before it Began", most clearly. Although the tones and tempo change within the album, the songs fall into the "Dark Pop" category - such as Gavin calls her music. Characteristic of "The Thought of Losing You" is adjacent to the springy guitar riff simplicity, is achieved by the emotional depth. In contrast, "Upon Returning": This song combines harsh guitars with Gavin's voluminous voice that seems to float in addition to rubbing instruments. The music has a dark undertone that missed the songs a kind of thoughtful self-analysis - but in the end the album is characterized by its optimistic beacon from. "There is a certain darkness." Says Gavin. "Most of our music is ultimately positive but can also be seen as sad. There are two opposing sides, which are brought by the music in harmony. "
With "Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy" Dredg tread new paths - in one of them unexplored direction. Dans influence is obvious. As a producer and co-workers, he is sort of signpost to drive the band to work harder, to consider themselves more accurately and to draw from it the inspiration for new lyrics and music. The development of the last 15 years brought Dredg on an unexpected, but desirable point. "Good for me, this is to develop a new kind of song." Says Gavin. "It feels different and in some cases as we would a whole new band. My goal was to create but also with the band and Dan something we have never done before. Hopefully people can see us in a new light. Now we know that we can create something new and that there is a future for the band. "
Dino Campanella (Drums, Keys)
Mark Engles (guitar)
Gavin Hayes (vocals, guitar)
Drew Roulette (bass, Moog, Speak Spell, samples)
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