Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Another Word for Procrastination

John Roderick, the clever, verbose leader of The Long Winters, talks to Maximum Fun about his band’s next album, due in spring 2010. (If you get a chance to see the band live, do it. The music is great fun, and Roderick’s between-songs banter is the rare good kind.) In the interview, he says:
I think the record we're working on now is by far the least intentional thing we've ever done, in the sense that there was no stated purpose, no governing aesthetic, no semi-conscious guidelines. The songs are all based on riffs that were recorded spontaneously in the middle of the night. The riffs were combined into songs at the last possible moment with a minimum of forethought. Once we started working we didn't throw anything away, so there hasn't even been curatorial culling. The result is as close to the unadulterated sound of The Long Winters in the studio as you can get. It's kitchen sink pop.
He also says something that’s useful (for rationalizing, at least) for people like me to remember: “Procrastinating is very hard to distinguish from ruminating.” And his last answer, to a question about the relationship between experience and songwriting, is worth clicking over to read.


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