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- Posted on Oct 28th 2009 11:00AM by Linda Laban
"We needed to take a break, get away from it for a while," lead singer Sam Endicott tells Spinner. "The record's just about complete. We're in the process of mastering it. I don't know how bands can say 'We have this long to make an album.' For me, it's done when it's done. I start working on it and keep going until it's finished," he says, the odd break notwithstanding.
After an eight-month recording routine, the band's first break came earlier this summer when they took a month off to open for Green Day. "It was weird, but great. Their crowd is totally different than ours," says Endicott of the tour. "It was massive amounts of people. [Big arenas] don't have the intimacy of a club. You can't vibe off the audience. It's just a sea of gray."
Fan reaction at the current shows has been intense, he says, with many people in the audience singing all the words. "That was a little unsettling," he says. "I think they learned the words from YouTube." Still, he's not taking the enthusiastic response as a final thumbs-up. "It's not the same as listening to a record. If you like a song live, it could be the song or it could be the way it's being performed," he says. "Or it could be the fact that you're wasted. But when it's on a record, then it's all about the song."