Oh, I missed these guys so much. TWIN FOXES’ latest LP “Sleeping On The Attic Floor” came out 2 years ago via Midnight Werewolf Records, Tor Johnson Records, and we’re finally on the verge of the release of their brand new offering called “Broken Bell”, due out this Winter! Today, we’re super stoked to give you their new single “6 Years Old”, a follow up to previously released “You Are”, unveiled in the beginning of October. To celebrate and to anhance the anticipation, we sat down with frontman Jared Mann to give you some more details about the new track, the new album, the band’s perspective on what’s going on in the world today, and some more.
“”6 Years Old” is the 2nd song on the record. I wanted to create a feeling of going down a wormhole with some of the topics on the record.” – comments Jared. “I feel sonically we were able to pull that off with a long build up starting and stopping… layering delay and vocals until the song finally kicks in. I thought it was an interesting way to start a record.”
“The song deals with childhood constantly influencing your life whether you realize it or not. And somehow I feel like I’ve never fully grown up or gotten over certain things. Often feeling the same way when I was 6 years old despite life being so different now.”
“This is the first record where I played everything except bass.” – he conitnues. “We’ve always had drummers and Andrew Fortin was our consistent bass player. But when it came time to make this one, we were between drummers so I just took on the role myself. It’ll probably be the only record we’ll do like that. It was super challenging to have “that much of me” on the recordings plus engineering everything, but I’ve never been against changing it up, even for a short time. We have a full band again so I’m excited to build off that, and hopefully perform the songs live with everyone soon.”
“So far I’ve recorded every release we’ve done at my studio Distorted Forest, but this was the second time collaborating with Seth Manchester at Machines with Magnets on the mix. I think he was able to make it bigger and hone in on some details I couldn’t see clearly anymore.”
𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑜𝑙𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑜𝑟𝑑, 𝐵𝑟𝑜𝑘𝑒𝑛 𝐵𝑒𝑙𝑙, 𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑓 𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑎𝑝𝑠𝑢𝑙𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑠 𝑎 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑢𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑟𝑡𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑦.
“In the band.. trying to push through with less members, and also during a time where the world felt the same way. There’s a piece in “You Are” that’s from 7 years ago, “Move out West” is from that same time period as well with newer parts layered on it. It’s a record made up of all these different moments and sessions throughout the band. Collectively tied together I think it tells a new story. Very different from our other recordings that were done at the same time as a 3 piece.”
Asked about his perspective on the pandemic and his outlook for 2021, he commented: “Right now, with everything so up in the air, we’re just focusing on being safe and smart in our individual lives. Luckily our day jobs mostly allow us to work from home, so we’ve been able to still get together safely and keep moving forward creatively. I definitely miss playing live and that outlet in my life though. I’m just hoping things can change in November and we can have some sort of plan to get through this.”
Jared thinks that by 2021, if things are somewhat back to normal and we can get together socially, we’ll see a renaissance in live music. “I think it will especially reinvigorate the local scenes again.” – he elaborates. “All this time indoors and time to write, people will hopefully ditch netflix and participate in art and music as a community again… and hopefully even more so. I know I certainly miss it.”
Lastly, ever hungry for new music, we asked Jared to give us his top new music picks and some recommendations worth diving into. Here’s what he’s got:
“I’ve been super into Sparklehorse and his manipulation of distortion and combining lo-fi and hi-fi together. We experimented a little with that on this record, incorporating some tape recordings, snippets of demos, and various recording setups. I’m a recording engineer, so I tend to go down the rabbit hole with that type of stuff. It’s another element of making a record that I find super interesting. Other heavily rotated bands would be forgetters, Grandaddy, Unwound, John K. Samson, and Fugazi.