Little Big Bangs on Latest LP, Performing in St. Louis: "We might hurt you with our equipment."
Macias' solo style is more influenced by the surf sounds of the Beach Boys and the laconic buzz of R. Stevie Moore. "I do a lot of stuff on my own, too. Eric and I will sometimes write together then show it to the band. I think it's important to always write. Always having songs to choose from. Even if 90% of it sucks you are bound to find something you like."
The songs that float around Boschen's basement become staples of Little Big Bangs' live show. Eventually those tracks were categorized into different aural zones and recorded for Little Big Bangs. "Before we went in we decided how many songs we wanted to do and we just practiced those songs over and over again before we went into the studio. We made sure we could do them really quick," explains Boschen, "There are different types of songs -- we tried to pick songs that were poppier songs, noisier songs, short ones, long ones, just trying to make an album that doesn't sound like one thing the whole time through."
Dougherty adds that her desire for a more proper-sounding album was heard loud and clear by Hutto at Smoking Baby Studios. "We did [the demo] to give people something. I was always wishing I could flesh it out, but that was not the demo's purpose. This LP has that purpose. This time was the time to do that...even though we did it in two days."
"We spent a lot of time on overdubs, but we had eighteen songs in two days. A day and a half, really. But that was all rhythm. Just drum and bass," says Macias.
"All of that was done live. One takes, two takes. And then we went back and put an extra guitar in," adds Boschen, a little perkier now that his hangover left in the wake of an espresso wave.
The decision to record with Jason Hutto was born out of Hutto's comprehension of Little Big Bangs' agenda. "Jason loves rock & roll; it was a really good fit," says Dougherty between bites of quiche. "He doesn't order you around. He knew what he wanted to do and we knew what we wanted to do. It was just so easy." Little Big Bangs hustled through two days of live recording to collect twelve songs for the LP.
The finished product has a sound reminiscent of the band's riotous live show. "The energy of rock & roll, the energy of punk. Music you move to," is Boschen's description of the LP. For Dougherty, the LP is a chance for listeners to comprehend the lyrics the band writes, "When we play it is so loud that vocals are the first thing to get drowned out. As far as lyrics go, I'm excited to have people listen to them. That's one of the first things we lose in the live mix."
Macias expounds on this. "You get used to turning up your PAs so everything becomes distorted. You can't ever hear the vocals through the monitors. It's such a rock & roll thing."
When playing live, the lyrics are even lost to Gowran. The LP is his first chance to listen to what Dougherty, Macias and Boschen have to say. "I'm just learning all the lyrics. I'm reading them and saying, 'Oh, yeah. This shit is pretty awesome,' because all I can do is hit drums and listen to feedback. I'm into it."