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- Posted on Jan 8th 2010 12:00PM by Linda Laban
"We toured for 31 months without stopping," he says. "I came home and tried to write a big blammo chord. Like, turn the amp to 11 and write a big power chord that tears your scalp off. The thrill of that after 700 days of shows in a row didn't do much. I was like, well, that's boring."
'Of the Blue Colour,' which doesn't sacrifice OK Go's characteristic bristling hooks, also reflects personal and worldwide gloom, he says. "We were all going through a tough time personally and globally. Firstly, the presidential campaign, the chaos. Then the recession. The world seemed so f---ed."
"It's a very dark record," Kulash continues. "It is more introspective feeling, but that also comes from the way we made it -- sort of from the ground up rather than the top down. Ten years ago, I sat down and said 'Why doesn't the world make stadium rock anymore?' So, I wrote a song like that. Now, I can't work that way."
In short, Kulash was power-chorded out. "Having expended that particular thrust, we sort of got back to how we listen to music, rather than how we learned to make it. There are a lot of '80s Prince influences on this record. You can almost hear exactly what I was listening to when I was 12 years old. There's a little bit of jangly on-the-porch Led Zeppelin, a bit of spacey electro Depeche Mode and there's a lot of Prince's 'Purple Rain'."