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- Posted on Apr 16th 2008 2:00PM by Jolie Lash
Frontman Keith Murray is chipper thanks to news that his second album, 'Brain Thrust Mastery,' is dropping on Astralwerks May 13. Murray recorded the effort with bassist Chris Cain and then-drummer Michael Tapper last summer up in Sausalito, California, with Foreign Born bassist turned WAS producer, Ariel Rechtshaid.
"We did a lot of work with Lucas Film and Pixar," Murray jokes, referring to the neighboring Marin County-based businesses, before turning somewhat serious. "Sort of a point [of going there] was there was not really a lot going on in Sausalito. There was a lot of hiking, my tennis game really took a turn for the better by the end of the recording session. It was a pretty helpful little recording period."
The change in scenery seems to have affected the album which brings in a host of fuller sounds, including some fancy instrumentation on the album's third cut, 'After Hours.' "Those are real strings," Murray confirms. "It's an Indian string instrument and if I could pronounce it I could tell it to you. It was sort of the thing where we said, 'You know what would be awesome there? That weird Indian thing. Try it out, try it out. Get someone in to try and do it.'"
So does the use of a more expansive recording palette mean a more grown up WAS?
"I don't know if there's a sense of maturity to throwing good money to bringing eastern strings in, but it was fun," Murray laughs. "And let's be honest, Panic at the Disco has a lot of strings on their record. Are they all grown up? Hardly."