I’m aiming to master “Lars Attacks!” on April 1st, which means this month has been insane. We’re mixing up in Woodstock for the next three days and then I’m going into studio again the week after next in Long Island to finish the rest of the album. This record has taken about two years, a little less than “This Gigantic Robot Kills“. It’s been fantastic diving into the writing process and finding my own voice again. The formula for the older stuff was more of a “pop culture reference / pop rock hook / add guest artist” thing. This process this time around is more of an “ill beat / concept / make sure the flow is nice and nasty” type of thing. It feels better, I could not have made an album like this back when I was getting starting. I’m learning that writing is a constant process and getting into the creative flow truly a release and a pleasure. I’m figuring out how to do it right from mistakes I’ve made and lessons I’ve learned over the years working with people on music and on the business side.
We haven’t sleep much these last few weeks but it’s been really fun. Joe from Flash Fire has been my right hand man – everyday I would take the train out to his house in Jersey with lyric or beat ideas and we’d sit up in his room and build and build. We got away to Cape Cod for a few weeks to track drums and demo vocals. I’ve written so much of the lyrics on this album at the Starbucks in Greenpoint and the New York Public library. I’ve learned that the trick is to write and write and write, take a break, and edit the nugs of wisdom down to their perfect places.
We have some fantastic guests on this album. Two artists I’ve been a fan of since I was a lot younger, Chris Liggio from BILE and Sage Francis, both of whom do amazing work. Chris sings the hook on a song called “the Gospel of Judas” based on Elaine Pagels book of the same name that asserts that Jesus asked Judas to turn him into the Roman government because he trusted him. Of course Judas got the bad rap for this, and the song sets it straight.
Sage Francis straight up murders the track on our song “Art of Darkness” about someone so addicted to creating art that they lose touch with reality. His verses are really strong, because he’s Sage Francis. Not to geek out TOO much as a fan, but it’s truly an honor to trade bars with the dude.
So that’s it. I’ve been caffeinated, away from my apartment and working mad hard. Dave Parker from the Weerd Science camp has been pulling 12 hour days with me prepping stuff for mixing. He did many of the beats on the first Science record and all of “Sick Kids” with Josh. He helped me track a lot of final vocals up in Albany last week. Speaking of Weerd Science, Horris Records has signed him for a three album deal. I’m bringing Science out to do a track with us at the Vans Warped Tour kick off party a week from Friday, then we go to England and then it’s Warped Tour. My goal is to make Science as huge asever, I know he has the talent and the drive and that failure is not an option with this project. And oh yeah, I wanted to thank everyone for helping us reach our “Sick Kids” Kickstarter goal. You guys are amazing. Now we can do this right!!
This year is incredibly busy, but I’m incredibly happy with and proud of the work that we’ve been doing. I feel like I’ve found my voice again and I can not wait for you guys to hear the new stuff. Art is a lot of fun…. even when you’re wearing the same pants for a week and your hands are shaking from the coffee…. LOL.
MUCH LOVE EVERYONE!!