How’s your next album different than So Wild?
Mushroom Studios, reverb chambers, violins, ladies singing. Dan wrote two songs for this one. We’re also four years older…but not wiser or anything like that.
What inspires your songwriting? How do you collaborate together?
Inspiration is difficult. I don’t know where it comes from. People in my life I suppose. Extreme emotions. Highs and lows. Dan and Mike will have different answers maybe. These days the three of us write by ourselves and collaborate with Ben when we bring the song in to practice. It really grows legs when we develop it together.
If you could play at any venue in the world, where would that be and why?
The superbowl halftime show with the Red Hot Chili Peppers joining in would be something. Heh. There are dozens of clubs and settings we’d love to play I’m sure. hard to pick just one. When I was younger I used to always want to play one of Neil Young’s Bridge School concerts because I went every year.
What are you looking forward to about going on tour?
Warm weather, live grateful dead albums on the highway, California, fish tacos, playing with a great band like Real Estate and hanging with them. Oh, and Miller High Life.
Who are you listening to right now?
At this precise moment I’m listening to Nat King Cole sing Route 66. Last time I saw Dan he was playing “It’s only Rock and Roll” by The Rolling Stones and Kendrick Lamar. Mike told me he heard Gerry Rafferty’s “Right Down The Line” on the radio the other day and had a moment. Ben may or may not be listening to the book on tape of Tom Clancy’s “Threat Vector” but I hope he’s saving it for the tour.