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- Posted on Nov 20th 2009 12:30PM by John D. Luerssen
"That big wash of reverb? It's back. It's there. I personally brought two reverb tanks to the studio that our engineer fell in love with," drummer Sam Fogarino told Paste. "The new record falls back towards the first."
"In trying to move forward, there was an unspoken realization that you can't let go of your sonic-defining tag," Fogarino added. "There was an effort in Daniel [Kessler]'s guitar tone; he rediscovered it playing in his loft space for a year without anybody. The quality of that tone, played in a big room, is just beautiful. It creates an atmosphere."
Fogarino, who played with Swervedriver's Adam Franklin in Magnetic Morning during Interpol's hiatus, admits that the dynamics in the band can be tough at times, but the quartet's respective perfectionist attitudes are for the best. "It's such an intense collaboration; four alpha dogs in one room is a lot to deal with," he explained. "You'll begrudge it, but you know that each person's opinion is another form of quality control. And when we all agree, it's ready for someone to hear."
Sam also told Paste that Courtney Love dropped by as he was laying down drum parts. "You hear so many bad and good things [about Love], it sets your counter back to zero," Fogarino said. "But she was a f---ing blast. She'd been working with our assistant engineer before we moved in, and she ran into the control room; all I recall was her rambling about someone, saying 'And he was a f---ing shrimp farmer!' Then she said sorry and walked out. Our engineer said sorry, but I said 'Are you kidding? That was Courtney Love, yelling about a shrimp farmer! Like some weird Coen brothers s---. I should pay you for this.'"