Heard these guys a while back, and have to say the two singles I heard made me think they have something special and now after hearing “Passive Me Aggressive You”, hands down it’s one of the best “head to the dance floor” albums ever!
So for those who don’t know you tell us a little bit about how you guys started up?
Aaron, Alisa and I met a few years back. Alisa and I began writing demos which we produced and recorded with Aaron. We released our first two EPs, This Machine and No Light, in 2008. We hooked up with David and Jesse early 2009 and began working on Passive Me Aggressive You, which was again produced by myself and Aaron.
“Passive me Aggressive you” is getting great feedback from all over the world, did you expect this?
No we didn’t have any expectations. They have nothing to do with why we were creating an album. I’m interested to see how it’s received once it’s properly released early next year. At the moment it’s only available in NZ/AUS.
Do you think you’ve changed since “Serenade”?
Yes. I’ve gotten older, hairier and grumpier. TNAF-wise we’ve grown in our performance and production skills. The first two EPs were essentially written for a 4 piece band, with some subtle extra production. Aaron eventually ending up onstage performing those extra production aspects. We developed a way to incorporate any number of electronic aspects in a live context. This opened the door for us production-wise really. We’ve always wanted to make a ‘large’ sounding album but were kinda holding back. I think we felt like we were too young and inexperienced to create something as bold as Passive Me Aggressive You. The first track we recorded was Young Blood. After getting the first mix back, we felt pretty affirmed about how we were going to produce the rest of the album.
New Zealand is not known for it’s musical culture; does this fact make it harder to get recognized?
Yes definitely. It’s so small and so far away from it’s neighboring cultures.
Some of our readers are from Latin America, any chance you will be visiting us soon? Great parties down here….
We’d love to. As soon as we can do a giant world tour, we will.
First international tour. What do you expect?
We’re still in the middle of it. Haven’t even landed in the UK yet. So far the crowds have been excitable and very respectful. Our record is out in NZ and AUS so lots of people are coming to see the album performed live. Which is, for me, the pinnacle of touring. The shows in the UK and US will be more introductory. Which is still going to be fun. It’s like we’re starting from scratch.
Ok awkward question: ¿Musical guilty Pleasure?
Plenty. Too guilty to say.
What’s the one song that no matter what it always makes you want to dance?
Bjork – Big Time Sensuality
Who were you thinking about when you wrote: “Girls like You”?
Um I wrote a song called Girls Like You but close enough. I was thinking about three people. A boy character, a girl character and the girl I’d once said “Don’t you know people write songs about girls like you…” to.
You can purchase the imported CD from Amazon here TNAF’s “Passive Me. Agressive You” or wait for it to be released early next year! Or you can download their latest single “Crazy Yes Dumb No” for free right here.
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