How does the process compare this time around to the self-titled? Last time you intentionally insolated yourselves, but this time it seems like you’re taking a more conventional approach to recording: going to studios, working with friends. Is the approach something you’ve become more comfortable with?
LAZZARA: The approach definitely feels more comfortable. Last time we were figuring out how to work with one another again. Now we’re all really comfortable with each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and we operate a little better on that level.
NOLAN: Partially because of that, and partially because of working with Eric Valentine on the last record, we did so much pre-production. We had basically recorded the album before we really recorded it. We put in a lot of time, a lot of work, and a lot of detail. That was really good and taught us a lot. With this record, it hasn’t been that insane amount of work because of the experience, and also, like Adam said, the fact that we had to learn to make music together again on the last record. With this one, we were able to be a little more relaxed about it, to try to work on the songs and keep developing them, but also to be a little more free with things.
How many songs are you planning to record with Sapone?
LAZZARA: Five. That’s the plan.
You mentioned before that you likely aren’t going to self-release this album, like you did for TAYF10 Acoustic. Are you free agents right now?
LAZZARA: Yeah, we’re free agents now. That’s another thing that’s been really nice about this process. We can just do what we want with the songs. There’s not any kind of outside influence. At the same time, [release plans have] been on the backburner to the songs. We’ve been talking to a couple of different folks, but we’re focused on getting everything as good as it can possibly be, then we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. Hopefully we’ll be able to release it sometime next year. We’re so neck deep in all of this technology, and everybody wants things now now now, but it’s still going to be a little bit of a wait, just so we can figure out the best home for it, and the best way to go about trying to get it to people.
After you record on Long Island, you’re planning some fall shows?
LAZZARA: We’re doing Riot Fest in September, and that lineup looks insane. We have a lot of friends there, so that’ll be fun. Then we’ll do a quick round of fall shows, then take a break for the holidays.
And you said you were recording an electric Tell All Your Friends set at some point?
LAZZARA: Right before Riot Fest. The Starland Ballroom [in Sayreville, New Jersey] was wiped [by Hurricane Sandy], and they’ve rebuilt it. We’re going to do a few shows there and film one of them. The one we’re going to film will be a Tell All Your Friends 10 show, but I don’t think any of us want to give anyone the impression that we’re trying to ride that anniversary thing out, because that’s in no way our intention. We’ve been trying to reach out to folks to get a feeler on it, just to see what people want. So [the theme of the fall shows] is yet to be determined.
Is there anything else in particular you wanted to tell fans about the new album?
NOLAN: I guess we want people to know that it’s going to be really, really good and if they disagree with that then they’re wrong—
LAZZARA: And nobody likes being wrong.
NOLAN: So people should really get on board with that concept. alt