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- Posted on May 4th 2010 2:00PM by Jason S Lipshutz
"There are a lot of people who only know that one song or one album, and I wasn't thinking about them when writing this record," Roberts tells Spinner. "The sales won't be what they were, but it's something I could afford to do."
Although 'God Shuffled His Feet' netted platinum sales and Grammy nominations for the band, Roberts says that the constant touring left him "mentally and physically fatigued on every level." Following the release of 'Songs of the Unforgiven' in 2004, Roberts reached a point where he was no longer interested in touring and decided that recording new music was too financially draining.
During the indefinite hiatus, Roberts met veteran producer Stewart Lerman, who has worked with artists like Antony and the Johnsons and the Roches. The two shared a fascination with vintage musical toys and began exploring the Optigan, an instrument that uses celluloid discs and various triggering chords to project the sounds of other instruments.
"We basically would get together, sit down and start pressing buttons," says Roberts. "It was a strange way to make music but a very inviting process."
Roberts and longtime collaborator Ellen Reid slowly began piecing an album together, and Lerman signed on to produce the album for free. The Optigan and other analog toys helped inform the lyrics of songs like 'Paralyzed' and the big-band number 'Not Today Baby,' giving the album a "very cinematic feel," according to Roberts.
Two days after the release of 'Ooh La La,' the Crash Test Dummies will kick off an acoustic tour in Foxboro, Ma. As he prepares to briefly return to life on the road, Roberts fondly looks back on the band's mid-'90s success as a blessing rather than a curse.
"I can now view that time as something I'm very grateful for. I got to see the world in a way I never would have before," says Roberts. "But there's a different feeling this time. These [shows] will be much more intimate and interactive, and I'm looking forward to them."
Check out a video of Crash Test Dummies playing with their recording toys below.