What kind of goals and ideas did you have in mind while envisioning Rest In Paradise? I’ve heard that the general approach was entirely different than your first two albums.
On a personal level we were tired of hearing our own production and sounds all over everything. New musicians and new ideas under our guidance were a crucial part of this record. Also, to be a little loose with it, not overthink the takes and just have some fun. We also wanted to realize the disco promise we had always dangled in our bios. We admired disco but always trended a bit more synth pop so this record we wanted to make good on that influence.
The album features some participation from Midnight Magic’s Andrew Raposo. What did he bring to the recording process?
So Andrew as well as almost all the other band members played on it (Max on drums and Morgan on keys) – Andrew engineered his band which I think was great because he knows them well, it was very casual and his computer was about to explode the entire recording session so it gave the whole thing a heightened and gritty feel. Andrew’s playing style is diverse and he was able to move and adapt to the influences we wanted him to take on with his bass playing. Andrew Maury, who actually refined the recordings with us after tracking the band, is the opposite in many ways. We were working a lot in box to tweak and refine what we put together while still keeping it natural. It was fun to bounce around studios and bounce around with a couple Andrews for a few weeks.