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of device around at all times where I can immediately record something. RM: That’s one of the great benefits of technology these days to songwriters; everybody has a phone in their pocket now, with an app that records audio. So where did you record “Something Else”? LL: It’s actually the same place that I did “Indestructible”, Sonic Lounge in Columbus. RM: What’s the process like when you go in to record? Do you say, OK we’re going to get the drums and bass first and then layer things, or do you try to get everything live? LL: We do most things live for sure, it doesn’t really get to the point where we are overdubbing until we are starting to do guitars. This time around, we just brought every instrument known to man into the studio… ha ha ha! I think like “Wine Lips” has like 5 guitar parts that are layered over it. Yeah, it’s not really fancy, it’s just what would be a tasteful thing to put in there as far as overdubs go, so for the most part it’s all live. RM: In the studio do you prefer to sing harmonies with yourself, or do you like to have other people sing so you have a different vocal blend? LL: This is the first time around that I’ve done harmonies with my-

self, I really liked that but I love singing with Todd, my guitar player so he did most of them. RM: How long did recording take once you got in and actually started tracking? LL: The live tracks took two or three days, and then everything else, we like waited a week and went back in did about three days of overdubs including vocals and everything. I like to work quickly; I don’t like to labor over things. It’s not that I don’t try, I just find you don’t really get the meat of the song as well or the emotions if you are singing 80,000 vocal tracks, then you just hear a worn out singer. RM: Well I just read something from Neil Young where he said he likes to get the take when he’s teaching it to the band to catch the vibe. LL: Mmmhmmm, we did that with the cover song, “They Don’t Know”. We had a couple hours left and I said, why don’t we record that, and we were all just learning it. RM: Sometimes when you don’t know where you’re going to go, you may play a riff that you normally wouldn’t that sounds really cool. LL: Yeah, totally. RM: I read that your dad was your original drummer.

LL: Yeah, it was great, but with all the touring I think it was kinda rough on him. RM: Did your new drummer Nick German deliver anything that helped you to create something that felt more natural / take you to where you are now sonically? LL: Possibly, I mean, we’re really good friends, so I think we just have really similar ideas. He’s younger than anyone I’ve ever played with, so I think our musical tastes are more similar than other musicians, and he’s kind of an ex punk rocker, so I think we have a little bit more of an understanding than I’ve had with other people. So I think we was definitely helpful in that context. RM: Has he infused any new life into your older songs? LL: I think he mostly tries to stick to what they originally sound like, but I guess he does add that sort of more rock and roll element. RM: Some artists reinvent their songs in a live setting, do you see yourself doing anything like that, or do you like to stick to the way you recorded the songs? LL: Um, I think it will take me a long time to get to the point where I’m comfortable going off on a ripping Jazz Solo or anything (Laughs)

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