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"Half a dozen songs is a big year for me," Cooley tells Spinner, noting he doesn't usually set out to write about specific topics so much as to find a good starting point. "What I'm usually looking for is that opening line, and a lot of the time, I'll have the second half of a song written and not even know it yet. That happens to me a lot. I'll have this piece that's really cool, that's really good, but that's not the beginning. That's somewhere else. I'm looking for that first thing."
"I have a lot of that, too," Hood says. "Sometimes there'll be something that happens and I think, I'd like to write about that, that's interesting to me."
Where Hood writes down or records his ideas, Cooley is a little more selective -- "Superstitious," he calls it -- about the process.
"If I don't remember it in my head, it sucks," he says. "I have a rule: It's got to get to a certain point before I write it down or commit it to a tape or anything. It's got to get to that point, and then I'll start writing it down. But if it's not clicking in there [points to head], then nobody else is going to remember it, either."
He's also learned from experience not to jump too quickly into writing down ideas.
"It happens every time: If I start writing it down too quick, I jinx it and I never finish it. It'll never happen," he says. "It might get used later, but most of the time, I've ruined it."
'The Big To-Do' comes out March 16 on ATO Records.