THITH: How long have you been making the new record?
Jon Philpot: We started 5 weeks ago. We played a show an incredible show in Mexico City, came home and got busy. Hopefully we’ll be finished by October or November.
THITH: You’re doing it on your own, were you at all tempted to go for a ‘big name producer’ follow up record?
JP: We want to work with somebody, but financially it makes sense to have some solid/almost done songs before we step into a studio. So, there may be a big name producer in our future. We just need to find them, where are you big name producer?
THITH: What’s the process for writing and recording?
JP: Usually we jam or I make synth sound or a friend sends some lyrics or I write some lyrics. After one of those things happens, we have a seed. We plant it in the computer, grow it, eat it, poop it out, the poop fertilizes the ground, then something grows that we never planted.
THITH: And do you think of it as a whole or as individual tracks?
JP: We have an idea of what we want the record to be and we focus on Individual tracks. We make small objectives and enjoy tiny victories every week.
THITH: Are there things you feel you can do now that are maybe different from things you’ve tried before?
JP: Record for more than one long night in a real studio. For the next few months we have our own rehearsal room. We can record or play whenever we want! Compared to our shared space, it’s a luxury.
THITH: Do you think playing as many shows and touring as much as you have since the first LP has affected your writing process?
JP: Sort of… We’re more aware of what works live, but we write music in the same dysfunctional way we always have.
THITH: What kind of gear are you using?
JP: Ableton live 8 (it’s amazing), Max/MSP, Pro Tools, Virus TI, Prophet – 600, Crumar Orchestrator, Lots of pedals, Guitars, Bass, Drums, Tamborine, Cables, Peanut Butter, Apples, Water, Bananas, Yogurt, Tequila, Mezcal, Beer and Tacos.
THITH: What was influencing you or on your mind as you started to think about this LP?
JP:Motown, Valentin Silvestrov and Richard Pinhas
THITH: What new new bands have you seen lately that we should know about?
JP: Helado Negro. His new record Canta Lechuza is soooo goooood! Lyonnais played the other night, they’re rad.
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