“For this record it felt like were going back to how we did it in the beginning,” guitarist Elvis Kuehn explains of making new album ‘Almost Free’. “90% of what you hear was started in Zac’s studio. It was like how we did it for the first record, but we added [producer] Ricky [Reed] into the mix. He helped us go back to that way of working. He told us to keep the demos because there was some sort of magic to them.”
“Ricky was also so good at hearing things that we weren’t,” adds frontman Zac. “We had demos from our studios, but sometimes you get stuck on stuff and he was so good at twisting it. I think it was a little more freeing. We had that freedom to make what we wanted to make.”
“I think we were just bored,” Zac laughs, discussing these changes. “It’s definitely different to our last record, and that’s the whole point. We went into the studio and we tried to do as many things as we could. We weren’t limited by guitars, bass drums and vocals. Basically, any stereotype that people have tried to pin us down with, we’ve gone in the opposite direction.”
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