As is often the GMR way – TD asks the band a few questions about the making of this fine album.:
TD: Did you think this album would ever see the light of day?
Kip: Yes, I knew it would eventually come out.
TD: What was the process of recording this album like?
James: About three days in the studio. We made up songs right outside the studio with an acoustic guitar.
Kip: John wrote lyrics for “Underneath the Light” about an hour before we recorded his vocal.
Thomas: We were also brought in as guinea pigs ‘cause 4A had a new machine he had to troubleshoot.
Kip: We are not the fastest working band. The record took a while to record but the QAs tracked it quick and Erik was not slow with the mix and overdubs. Basically as he is saying goodbye to me he lets me do my vocals on the way out the door.
James: "We Picked A Good Day" was recorded at the Art Institute of Seattle studio.
TD: What made you decide to add horns and strings for this album?
Kip: Erik had a lot to do with getting the horns and strings together.
James: Erick 4-A said that he could get the musicians, and I thought that it added a unique sound, especially on "Circus Train."
Thomas: I was at Vagrant when the horn section recorded. Ian had an arrangement for everyone written for 2 and was writing up the third one during breaks. He had something going and they took 3 or 4 takes on each one but when they hit it they all agreed that was it. It took a few hours and Erik was really awesome and positive with those folks. He showed me a little something that day.
TD: Kip said that this is an album about death and something. What is it about?
Kip: The part about death is that six of our friends died that year and it was definitely on our minds. Some songs more than others.
TD: What inspired you to pick the two Bee Gees songs?
Thomas: James would play me Horizontal at the pink house up in his room. He was also REALLY into the Hollies’ “Bus Stop” and “Carrie Anne” at the time!
James: Because of how great they really sound. The '60's Bee Gees had phenomenal vocals and a real 'family' sound.
Kip: We had had those two Bee Gees songs in our set for a long time. We recorded them because we wanted to submit them for a BG tribute album that was coming out but we missed the deadline. With those in the can we figured we might as well work on a new album. Everyone pulled together what we had.
TD: If you record another album will it be new stuff or old stuff?
Old stuff! Beautiful songs that have been written for a long, long time that would be a shame to throw away. We already have a list started
Thomas: We've got 3-4 mid-era tunes that need to be recorded. Probably a coupla oldies and a coupla new compositions. “Naked Man,” “Roomful O’ Monkeys,” “Same Sad Story” should be recorded.