Friday, January 21, 2011
[thedelimagazine.com] I met The Wicked Tomorrow front-man Ian Jacobs in the summer of 2007. He rang me to inquire about producing a record for the band he was in at the time, extensively grilling me on the recording techniques of Steve Albini and the parking options around my studio. Thankfully, I passed his tests and we’ve gone on to produce and record a number of projects together, becoming good friends and musical blood brothers in the process, if you will. This past winter as we were working in the studio, Ian whipped out a random surprise in the form of “some rough demos of a new project” that he and his lady, Michelle Feliciano, were “kind of messing around with”. These rough demos were a visceral goldmine of dirty rock and roll and I encouraged them to cut them live, immediately. Before long they were back in the studio with a bag of these sonic treats and primal grooves in tow for the sessions that would ultimately capture the songs on their debut EP. Recently after finishing some work in the studio, I took a minute to grill him this time, on the details of how he felt about his new project The Wicked Tomorrow and more.
How was your writing and recording approach, with The Wicked Tomorrow EP different from other records you've made in the past?
We went into this EP with a pretty loose idea of what we were really doing with this project. We really didn't know the songs too well when we went into the studio because the project was still so new. So a lot of what actually became parts of songs and a bunch of the lyrics were kinda made up on the spot. The cool thing is that as a duo it allowed us to get away with making decisions on the fly like that and it made for some unknown excitement while recording the EP. That whole approach was really different from other stuff I've done.
What are your hopes and aspirations in regards to your new band The Wicked Tomorrow?
We wanna play MSG by the end of this week.
What do you think are the best and worst parts about being a musician in NYC?
The best part is that so many people and friends are doing so much cool shit, I think that it kinda pushes you to wanna do cool, fun stuff too. The worst part is that it's expensive to live here… and I think we all hate having to keep jobs that we don't want, just to be able to do all the fun stuff.
Whats it like being in a band with the woman that you love?
It's really cool, actually. It definitely makes touring fun and easy… and simpler. I think for us it kinda works, for some couples it might not. Plus, as a duo we are able to just do band designs or practice whenever we are together, which is pretty sweet. And we just make sure that we find the time to hate each other a little sometimes too, you know, just to keep it balanced.
A recent review called the band's sound "sexy", have you guys ever had sex while listening to your own music? And if so, was it "good"?
Unfortunately, we've never had sex while listening to our music. That could definitely either be awesome or awful. Recently in the sack we've been rocking a lot of Slayer though, and yeah, it's "good". I do encourage others to rock our music in the sack though!
Posted by Dan Goldin at 8:07 PM