HTRK, revisited

I just read this interview of the band in which Jonnine talks about the both creative and grief-filled process behind Work (Work, Work) and other topics. Sean Stewart, the band's bassist for their first two releases (Nostalgia and Marry Me Tonight) took his life in the early part of 2010. I did not even know this... Now I am looking at their latest work in a whole new light, a highly draining one.

This quote is amazing. Jonnine is talking about how Work (Work, Work) just built and built upon itself until this monument to their former bandmate was unearthed. 

"We recorded, produced, mixed and did everything in that space. We just hacked away at it for days, weeks, months, on end, in this isolated world we created for ourselves. We worked on whatever song we felt like that day and then compositions changed further once the order of the album was taking shape. We tried not to be corrupted by external influences or current trends in music. We hardly socialised or went out to see live music. We were aiming to make something timeless. Nigel was even trying not to pay attention to street advertising (laughs). For a lot of people, Work (Work Work) is just making sense now, and our music sometimes does take a while to sink in." 

They also mention some early plans for a new album. Needless to say, this is a band unlike all others.

I find the feeling of desire so cool and maybe more interesting than pleasure. I like to hold it there.

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