Monday, July 5, 2010
[pitchfork.com] On September 28, Sub Pop will release Everything in Between, the new album from L.A. punks No Age. In making the album, the duo leaned hard on the sample-based approach they introduced on their Losing Feeling EP, pushing the floatier elements of their songs to the forefront.
We talked with Randy Randall and Dean Spunt about the new album, their touring third member William Kai Strangeland Menchaca, and the reasons why getting beat up in Lisbon isn't such a bad thing.
UPDATE: Sub Pop has announced the first single from Everything in Between. "Glitter" will be released on 7" (backed by "Inflorescence") and 12" (backed by "In Rebound" and "Vision II") on August 24.
Pitchfork: I heard the record for the first time earlier today, and it sounds like you're playing slower and less frenzied than you've done on previous records. Did you decide to do a less basement punk-type of record?
Randy Randall: No, I don't think there were any clear intentions about what we were trying to set out. It was more just a reflection of what we were playing and what we were feeling at the time-- no real grand intention or scheme to make a different record. Compared to when we sat down to write songs that ended up being on Nouns-- almost four years ago-- it's more of a reflection of where we are, what we're listening to, what we're having fun playing four years later. No real intentions.
I think there's some unintentional growth. Sometimes, parents try to get their kids to stay kids all their lives. Like the Cosby kids. You wish Rudy never grew up. She eventually grew up. We have a weird Malcolm Jamal Warner kind of thing. We're just getting older. But I don't think that's a bad thing. It's just the facts of it. I think a part of playing is just being honest about what we like. We're weren't really trying to make any kind of record; it was more just what we were feeling.
Pitchfork: What kind of music were you listening to when you made this one?
Dean Spunt: Maybe not too different from what we were listening to before. I still listen to a lot of early hardcore stuff. Maybe some ambient music like Gas, some electronic stuff. Nothing too different. To me, it sounds like a natural progression of a record. To me, it doesn't seem slower. If anything, I think the songs are written better because we know how to play instruments better. It falls in line with the same things that we've been doing, but everything's just-- in my head-- a little better, a little tighter.
RR: Maybe the intensity is deeper intensity, instead of so much on the surface-- a layered sort of intensity, deeper rooted. You have to dig down a little deeper. It's still there.
Pitchfork: When you play these songs live, do you think you'll be jumping off amps?
RR: Aw, fuck, man. Yeah, I think so. As anybody that follows Pitchfork may know, I'm always willing to put my body on the line for the sake of a good show-- whether it be shoulders, hips or feet. We're having a lot of fun playing live. We've incorporated a third member to help us perform with the samples that we used to write the record. It frees Dean and I up, in some ways, to go off on our instruments a little bit more.
READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW HERE.
Posted by Dan Goldin at 12:36 AM