Brooklyn band Chairlift had a sizeable hit in 2008 when their
inescapable, undeniable song "Bruises" was placed in an iPod Nano
commercial. Almost four years later, the electro-pop duo (comprised of
singer Caroline Polacheck and drummer/bassist/producer Patrick
Wimberly) look to finally follow up that success with the long-awaited, just-released "Something," their first major label album and their first since the departure of founding member Aaron Pfenning.
Click Track talked with Wimberly by phone on the first day of Chairlift's tour (the band doesn’t hit D.C. until April 21 at U Street Music Hall) to talk about the band's major label deal, their long wait between albums, and their weird musical tastes.
Making this record seems like it took a lot of time.
We spent a lot of time writing. We were pushing ourselves the whole
time to make something we thought was important.
Recording took 18 months, right? Or were you not in the studio
the entire time?
Pretty much. We were in a studio over an old antiques shop in
Williamsburg. We wrote in there, in a little room that had a very
small window and a baby grand piano. We went there every day for eight
months, then we went to England, came back, got a different studio at
[a factory in] Greenpoint. We were going there every day.
Was it frustrating, to have a hit but take so long to follow it up?
Oh man, you go through so many different phases. First of all we
toured that first record [2008's "Does You Inspire You"] for a year
and a half. We got off tour on a Friday afternoon and the next Monday
we were back above the antiques studio, starting the next album. We
didn't take any time off. When you're making a record, it's hard to
know when you're done with it. No matter how long it takes, it feels
like you're almost done. Had we known the first day we started working
on it that we weren't going to finish it for another year and a half,
I might have felt differently that day.
How did being on a major label affect the way you made the album, if at all?
Yes, it did. It was something we really wanted to take advantage of,
as far as resources we had available to us to make the record, and
some of the ideas. We made songs that we're really happy with, and we
find they're really happy with. Caroline and I are weird. We have
weird tastes. Our version of pop music is not like other peoples'
versions of pop music. But in the back of my mind I always knew that
if we could get our music through to a label, we could have a big
song, [even with] our weird tastes.