Matthew Hitt: "I moved to New York two years ago and met all these boys through boozing with them, basically. We found out that we all played instruments. We all have a common interest in rock 'n roll music and then could go off on our other tangents."
Hitt: "We got announced after all the gigs had already sold out, so we didn't know if people would care that we were there. But, when we got to the gigs, I guess we have a crossover fan base, because people were wearing our T-shirts and singing along. I think it was a good pairing in the end, and we had a lot fun."
Hitt: "We recorded some demos about two months after we started playing together, and then about nine months later, [the label] Frenchkiss came to see us play a few gigs. We had a few meetings with them, and we liked them. Syd Butler, the owner, was in [Les Savy Fav] and sort of got it more than other people we had met, who seemed a little more industry-leaning. We signed with them almost a year after we sent them our demos."
Hitt: "There was another band called 'The Drowners' from Sweden in the '90s. We had a gig, and the promoter needed a name for the poster. Without googling it, I just said it. Later when I did have the Internet, I found out [about 'The Drowners']. I prefer it without it though. It's snappier. It takes less time to write it down with a pen."
Hitt: "We play some CMJ shows and then we have a single out in October. We're going to do a couple videos before Christmas, and then the album will come out in January. It's finished now. We did it in about about three weeks in May and June. We've pretty much been playing the whole record on tour. All of the songs existed in a gig setting before we recorded them. It was pretty easy to transfer them to a live setting."
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