Twitter Kellie Pickler was named 'Dancing With the Stars' champion on Tuesday…
- Posted on Feb 29th 2008 2:00PM by Jonah Flicker
While the band will be trekking across the globe, 'Kensington Heights' finds the band paying homage to Webb's home city of Toronto, and his appreciation of its Kensington Market area. "It's kind of our freak scene," he explains. "We practice in a basement underneath a music shop. It's a good environment, good community to be a part of -- kind of bohemian, although I try to avoid using that word."
The album also reflects a bit of a change in the band's sound since their last record, 'Tournament of Hearts,' regrouping their classic and punk rock influences. "We had a couple of months in the studio, which was a luxury to us," Webb says. "We realized that we're a live band and the closer to that we can get, recording-wise, the better." Though Webb still handles lead vocal duty on most songs, Lambke continues his occasional contribution, which Webb welcomes. "I remember reading about when Paul Simonen sang [the Clash's] 'Guns of Brixton,' and Joe Strummer just stood in the studio, big beaming smile on his face. There's a lot more depth when there are different voices."
In addition, Webb has high hopes for working with their new label Arts & Crafts, one he sees as being committed to the art yet still business savvy. "We left Sub Pop on good terms and we love everyone there dearly," he says. "But we wanted to bring it back to Canada and have the business side of things closer to home."