April 27, 2013

ROCKING AND ROLLING (profanity alert):

TALLAHASSEE TALKS THE NEW "OLD WAYS" Lisa Battiston, (Allston Pudding)

Tallahassee remains Boston's indie-rock-meets-alt-country Providence-transplanted quartet with their second album Old Ways. Describing Old Ways as, "a close friend you've just met," their adventurous new record will be released May 7 with a release show at The Sinclair on May 3. Allston Pudding recently sat down with Tallahassee's Scott Thompson, Brian Barthelmes, and Matt Raskopf about the album and their release show.

Was there any sort of sound that you guys were going for with Old Ways? Is it different than your previous album, Jealous Hands?

BB: Yeah, big time.

ST: We have lots of different sounds! In some ways, the album's all over the place. We were reacting to the live show, which kept evolving after we released our last record. We were changing all the songs to try to make them more of a transaction with the audience, picking up on their energy and trying to give back in-kind. When we were writing the songs, I think we subconsciously reacted to that experience of playing live.

BB: Not even just subconsciously, though. I think we realized later on when we started playing with Jealous Hands that we hadn't so much fleshed out those songs live. As we were writing Old Ways, we were playing these songs live because we were excited about them and people were excited. We had a show at the Middle East maybe two days before we headed down to do the instrumental recordings and the hope and the idea was that what people were responding to was so much directing what we were reacting to. It was like, "Okay, what is it you are reacting to before we hit the studio to make sure those parts are really fresh." It was a lot more communal than Jealous Hands. Jealous Hands was a little more intimate. We were writing a lot and getting to know ourselves. Old Ways was a big reaction to the community that has supported us, that we have played for, that have played for us.

So would you guys say that this an album best heard live? Is your preference that these are songs you'd like to play live for people?

BB: Yeah, I think so. And loud. Maybe half of the songs on Jealous Hands were songs we wouldn't play live. They were these great intimate moments where Matt might be on the piano and there might be really hot electric guitars with light fingerpicking. They were these really intimate exchanges that, live, it would take a really peculiar set up to do well.

ST: Yeah, the songs on Jealous Hands might not work at Great Scott.

BB: But this record, the songs were meant to be live songs. When we had done Jealous Hands, Scott played a lot of different instruments, so there was banjo overdubs organ overdubs lap steel. On Old Ways, we focused on what we do live because it's been so pleasurable. So this record needed to stand on just the four parts we have on stage. In that regard, it's the best capture we could do of the live show that had come to be. We didn't expect to become a rocking and rolling band that loved doing live stuff. And when that happened, we were like, "We need to capture that!"

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