Here is Part 2 of my discussion with Dan Boeckner about the recording of Apologies To The Queen Mary:
I was the closest to Isaac and what I didn’t realize is that he had never really made a record before with another band that wasn’t Modest Mouse. He was good, he had Chris Chandler there doing all the technical stuff and fixing engineering issues. He really pushed the band in a good direction with a lot of the songs. I think ‘…Father’s Son’ would not exist, and I don’t know maybe Spencer would disagree, if Isaac wasn’t at that session recording the drums and making us play this beat over and over again. The sound that Isaac was trying to create for us was something that we didn’t think we were capable of. We didn’t have a bass player and our pallet was always the Jupiter keyboard playing bass, and this sort of shrill guitar. I always had to play high leads to kinda cut through the sonic murk. Arlen just wailing away on the drums, with Hadji kinda fitting in wherever he could. So when we wrote songs that was our canvas.
Going in and doing something like ‘Modern World’, for instance, acoustically, I don’t think that would have happened had Isaac not been involved in the process. Those things I think, are integral to how people responded to the record. Because instead of a monochromatic wash of sound, it showed off the actual song writing I think, behind a lot of the material. Without sacrificing any of the insane energy that we had when we played live, or the slop. We were aware of the esthetic of our live shows and really fucking protective of it. Because a lot of the conflict that happened between Isaac and us esthetically on the record, I think on our part was an attempt to protect the craziness and the sorta abrasiveness of the band. It was a bit of a struggle but I think in the long run it was good that we painted some of these songs in a different light. Like ‘Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts’ I think is a great example and ‘Modern World’ is a great example. They’re both more nuanced and it allowed the actual songwriting to come out. But then for every song like that you’ve got ‘We Built Another World’ or ‘It’s A Curse’ which both buy canadian levitra sound kinda unhinged.
Listen to the very first version of Modern World from EP1!