Highlights from Shone’s second interview:
Andrew: [Brian] had some songs he was just demoing out, and he brought ‘em to Mike [Sapone?] to really record and he had some dudes coming in, but initially the plan was that he wanted multiple singers to be on the album, it wasn’t like ‘Shone is Brian Lane and another dude’ he just wanted some songs and find the guys to sing on it, but he asked me. I did one song and he liked what I did so we were just kinda like ‘screw it, let’s just keep going, I guess’
Brian: Drew put on some wacky-ass, sick, out of left field shit, the songs were straight pop songs in the beginning and they morphed into something because when you record with Mike he tells you his idea and he tricks you into making it all his idea anyway and then it’s the fucking greatest thing in the world.
Brian did video work a year ago in the Mojave desert because he was intrigued by the area and liked the look of it. He misses going to Tower Records and discovering music, he wanted to bring people together, he liked the idea of geocaching, then wanted to tie all of that stuff together.
Brian: We built some hype, they signed up for this mailing list, but they gave an address also, and then more or less the idea was to have people work a little bit to try and find it [the song] because that’s part of the experience … and it grew into something that was a little bigger than I thought it was going to be, and we kinda just had to run and gun from there. There was the video element, the scavenger hunt element, and then there was the idea of just bringing people together with a common bond of music, sounds totally lame but that’s something that I always missed.
Andrew: It’s easy for me to make a song, and for someone to tell me directly ‘I really like that’ … The fan is expecting to hear from the artist now
Question about the live show: “you all had like distinct costumes?”
Andrew: Well, I kinda started throwing that around like a month before, I mean we’ve already built this kind of mysticism with the band that it felt kind of disappointing to just go see us at that point and it’s just a couple dudes in flannel shirts jammin’ the songs, at least try to keep some visual aesthetic and anyway I just love that whole thing.
Brian: Drew just looked badass
Andrew: Every time I mentioned it they were like ‘uhhh, should we really do that kind of thing?’ and I’m like ‘yes yes let’s do it!’ and then it’s the last minute and I started feeling like an asshole because I’m the only one painted up like glamorous and everyone’s like ‘I dunno, I bought these orange pants…’ … I hired somebody [to do the makeup], she was great, she was awesome. I’m a hero dude, so I love that whole look, the costume and anyway this, Shone, kinda allowed me to remove myself because he said right away he wanted to create a character revolving around the album while simultaneous I came in and just started acting like a character so we met in the middle there with our own floating ideas and then all of a sudden it just became this thing.
Brian: You can pull it off, I’m just like a weird jew-face, I’d be like a Jewish clown, it wouldn’t work.
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