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BD: Well, Lauren’s been in Colorado for about 2 years now, and wasn’t around, so she’s not on it at all. Robin is on it at times. With this album, Josh and I were working really hard on it all the time. Always. On weekends we were out at the space recording for the whole weekend, and during the week we were mixing stuff. Doing little things from home to work on it. Then when Annie [Fredrickson] joined the band, she was always coming out to the studio as well, working just as hard as we were.Robin was kind of always busy. Her job got kind of busy. In November, her boyfriend, who’s our bass player, he broke his leg really, really badly. He broke two bones in four different places. Literally, on the day he was coming out to the studio to start doing basslines. He was pulling a tool box out of the trunk of his car to put his bass in it, and somehow slipped on leaves? I dunno, it was a freak thing. After that happened, Bryce was literally confined to a bed for six weeks. He wasn’t supposed to walk around or do anything so the bone could set. But she was already busy, and then she wasn’t around at all.
And so much of what we were doing, was being improvised as we were recording it, we didn’t have set demos or anything. I had to go to her house with a definite plan of what she was going to sing. We had an hour here or there. But she did end up on a bunch of the songs.
The L: It seems like, in talking to you, especially when you’ve been getting ready to play live shows, that the lineup of the band has always been in flux, as long as it’s existed.
BD: Oh yeah.
The L: So it made me curious about how you approached the idea of what constitutes a Sunny Day in Glasgow song, since it’s constantly in turnover, who is A Sunny day in Glasgow?
BD: Going into this record I thought I knew what the band was more or less, and I was planning to write things for Robin, I didn’t think it would be any different. On tour Josh and I were constantly talking about how excited we were to get back and start recording. It was something we were constantly talking about. Then when got back it took me a few weeks, but I found the space.I remember I sent an e-mail to everybody saying, “OK I got this space, we can use it on weekends, and it’s gonna be great.” Robin sent an e-mail back, saying, “Oh gosh, I can’t really do anything on any weekend between now and December, I’m so busy.” And it was kind of like a punch in the stomach. We spent the whole summer together talking about this nonstop! I guess we didn’t think about it too much at that point, we just sort of dove into it. And then Annie came along which was great.
It’s just kind of like, at some point during recording, it seemed like everything was sort of falling apart or going wrong, and you were just trying to get something done, and from that it felt like Josh, Annie, and I very much came together as a band to get it done. That’s sort of how I remember it.
The L: You’ve been finished with Ashes Grammar for a long time, yeah?
BD: Well, we basically finished it in February, then the release date got pushed back, and that was kind of good actually. It let us remix and rerecord a few parts I wasn’t happy with. I think that was May when we sent it out to pressing plants. But the songs have been around for a long time.
The L: So have you done any recording since?
BD: Yes. We pretty much have, some songs are done, but basically enough songs for another album. Probably about 90% finished, I’d say. I think it’s about 12 or 13 songs. A lot of those, we started recording for this album, but then by like the end of October it became apparent that we were going to finish all of them, so we stopped working on a bunch of them.