Midwest atmospherics with the sweeping sprawl of a skyward city built on electricity and steel". Band Lead Erick Crosby was kind enough to answer our questions ranging from their new album to how their van was broken into in Pittsburgh last time.
You all have had many band changes over your existence. With your latest album, Who’s Who in the Zoo?, how did the new lineup affect the album compared to previous?
For this one, our 2nd guitarist left the band, and Jeff, who plays keyboards came back into the band. I think that mellowed out the sound a bit, and brought a little more color to the songs.
This is your first release on a label. Why the change? How has the experience been?
We were always looking for help from a label, we just finally got it now. The experience has been nothing but great, its good to have a group of people to work with.
Was there any differences in recording the new album?
Yes. we recorded this on ourselves on a multitrack unit, no pro tools or anything. my parents were moving and we set up in their abandoned house, and played around for a month until we got these recordings..it was a great experience now that i think of it.
You get compared many of the indie bands popular in the late 90’s early 00’s (Built to Spill, Modest Mouse, etc). Do you feel this is accurate?
I think so. We were all pretty big fans of that music and those bands, so i guess its just natural for that to come out in our own music.
How do you go about creating your music? Do you all contribute to the lyrics and music?
Well its all kind of hit or miss. One of us will bring in an idea, and we'll all try to jam it and a lot of the time it just won't feel right or something..but when it does click, its really exciting and we'll work on it that day and i'll just fill in some vocals and write the lyrics later.
What would you like to accomplish as a band? What are the goals?
Pretty much to just keep travelling around, it would be so great to jump over seas at some point here. Also were looking forward to having a vinyl in the future, and really to keep doing this as long as we can.
What made you want to dedicate your life to music? Was there a show or album that made you want to get into the punk scene?
haha. im unsure, i don't think we decided. it just kinda happened, its great when you think about it...driving around with your friends, meeting new friends all over, making sounds and writing songs all day, its just a great time to spend your youth in. i can see myself finding something else to do later on, but for now, this is where its at.
Anything you would like to say to Pittsburgh?
Dont break into my van again!