Taddy Porter Talk "Stay Golden"
Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:09:23
For Taddy Porter, Stay Golden stands out as a game-changer.
The group's sophomore effort ups the ante across the board. Simultaneously entrancing and anthemic, they encompass everything from gritty rock 'n' roll to late sixties pop. It's an undeniable amalgam that's both infectious and intoxicating. Taddy Porter have got a breakout album on their hands, and they're on the road to very big things when it drops February 26, 2013.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, vocalist and guitarist Andy Brewer talks Stay Golden and so much more.
What's your take on Stay Golden as a whole?
There are almost different genres of songs on the album. As long as we don't get too far away from a certain tone and sound, everything congeals though. We have some songs that will go into a category, like "The Gun" and "Evil", and have an almost eerie sound. Then, there are these others songs like "Emily", "Stay Golden", and "Fever", which have more of a groove inside of them. Honestly, I give a lot of credit to our producer in the studio. We made a point to keep everything in a hand reach not too far away. We wanted to keep everything in line with the same feel. We don't stray too far from a certain sound.
What's the story behind "Evil"?
When we first started writing the album, we had our moments where we were brainstorming individually. I had some lyrics before and really dug them. The idea was about this girl who was in a relationship with a guy stabbing him in the back. Now, this guy is saying, "This girl is evil because of the pain she's put him through". It takes you to a point where it's like the first time you fall in love. The first lyrics, "My love is as young as it ever was". It's pretty much being broken up with or cheated on for the first time where you thought you were in true love. Being betrayed that way hurts really badly. We've all been there. That's what it's about pretty much.
Do you see "The Gun Pt. 1" story expanding even more?
For sure! It's "Part One" because there's a continuation of the story. As you listen to it, "Part One" is the story of someone who's into some trouble. There's a hitman after this guy. He's been falsely accused, and he's going to get killed because of this action he may or may not have done. The hitman is hip to this and knows he's been hired to do this unjustly. The hitman gives the guy a proposition saying, "If you can tell me why I should not kill you, I'll let you go". That's how the song plays out. There's a twist for "The Gun Pt. 2" though.
Is it important for you to tell stories and paint pictures with the songs?
That's what we wanted to do. The first album was us just getting our rocks off—no pun intended really. We were trying out and getting to know each other then and writing what came into our heads at the time. Now, on the second album, we wanted to paint those pictures. There's a story to all of my favorite tunes, and it's how you set it up. One new song that paints an amazing picture is Jack White's "Carolina Drama". The imagery he places in the songs helps you be there. With some of these tunes, we tried to paint a certain picture where you could see yourself there and have the tones appropriate so you could imagine yourself to the full extent. That's the true test. I do the majority of the lyrics. It's hard to figure out when you've said enough, said too much, or if you're crowding. One of the main things we tried to do is dive a little deeper into the songwriting. That comes with experience.
If Stay Golden were a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
That's a good question. There are two styles. I'm a big Wes Anderson fan. The songs he places into his movies are amazing. I'd like to say a Wes Anderson film or a Quentin Tarantino film—one of those two. They both have their own styles, and they're individual and they're creative. I'd like to go with both, maybe a combination of those two.
What did you get into while working on the album?
We dig blues oriented-music. When we were writing, we were listening to Link Wray, The Zombies, Music Machine, and a lot of artists we weren't the most familiar with when we started writing the album. We wanted to add some of these harmonies. Every member of our band can sing and we wanted to take advantage of that this time around. We surprise ourselves sometimes [Laughs]. Kevin and Joe have more work to do, but that makes it more fun.
What have you been listening to lately?
I've been listening to this band called Trigger Finger. It sounds like Queens of the Stone Age. It's this fuzzy, in-your-face type of rock. One day, I'm listening to The Coasters, then Queens of the Stone Age, then Led Zeppelin, and then Ray Charles. It bounces back and forth depending on my mood. Right now, it’s Trigger Finger. I probably won't pop it out until I know every single song.
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