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"But that was a good manifestation of what we built in making this album," he says. "It was something that was totally relevant [to] what we wanted it to do. It was playful and rewarding. ... It went from a joke to something we were actually jamming on to somebody writing more verses to actually recording it. That was a surprise. And then, when it was done, we still didn't think it was going to be on the album."
The album's feeling and subsequent song textures can be linked directly to live-in-the-studio recording, something new for Dr. Dog. Emulating the band's frenetic onstage experience was the objective.
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"What it comes down to is the desire to create something real, and it really doesn't matter at the end of the day if what you recorded is perfect," he says. "I think it's necessary to understand that your product is what happens when six people do their particular thing. Unless you're actually playing together, that can't really happen. It's what comes together in all of us. I think it's a romantic notion, but I think it's fundamental to who we are as a band."
Be the Void was released this week, and McMicken is eager to show it off on their current, quite lengthy tour.
"The way things are going these days, it's just the time to get the most out of it. It's not just a concept; it's something I hope we can hold to as long as possible," he says. "We worked really fast and are extremely satisfied with the record. What we now need to do is go tour. Everything kind of leads to this. I've been in a band so long, that's one of the things I enjoy — just seeing where it takes you."
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