Lemuria Doesn't Let The Distance Keep Them Down
We rented this space in D.C.--it's a practice space behind a pie shop, which is really cool. You could practice at any hour of the night, and whenever they would have a messed-up pie, they would always bring it back to us and we would be able to eat it. So the writing process has changed a little bit in that way, but not too crazy; just the distance thing.
Did any pies make it into this new album?
Not that I'm conscious of. I mean, there might be some influence, but... [laughs]
What was the recording this album with J. Robbins like?
The first time we worked with him we did our second album, Pebble, with him. We did this Record Store Day 7-inch release that we called Brilliant Dancer, and that's two songs, so this was our third time going into the studio with him.
The first time we went in, it was like, wow, it's J. Robbins, we were really big fans, and there was that nervousness, you know? But by the third time we went in, it was like, oh, it's J. Robbins, yeah, cool, we're comfortable, and we weren't afraid to be like, "No, this is what we want." It was a totally different vibe. It was really cool.
So, he mixes really well with your sound, and gets where you are going musically?
I think so. Everything we did before we went to J. Robbins was with this engineer in Buffalo, and he recorded our demo and all the EPs until Get Better. If you listen to our early records back to back, you can tell he became a better engineer, but more so he learned about our band and figured out how to record us, and what's best for us, after going to him so many times.
If you listen to the demo back to back to Get Better, the recording sounds completely different--you would never guess it's the same guy who recorded it. I feel like that's what happens when you go to the same engineer; they get better and better at recording you and you go in there and they have a really good idea of how you work as musicians and how to approach things.
Was your new album as inspired by those early influences that prompted your sound on the EP's, or have new influences come in on this record to create a different sound?
Those early influences are still influential but I think that once you've been a band for a long time, you're not trying to release the same thing twice. You're always trying to move forward and keep building on your sound. Those influences are still kind of the foundation but after we have spent so much time working together and playing together and understanding each other. We're also growing older, so there's even more influence, like other artists that we've come across over time.
What would you say some of those early influences are?
I think some of the early influences from when the band started would be like Superchunk, Jawbreaker, The Lemonheads--like, a lot of '90s bands that walked that thin line of punk and indie rock. They were indie bands, but they played with the energy of a punk band. I would still to this day say those are some of my favorite bands.