Westword: What can we expect from the new album?
Daniel Nigro: We were all really unhappy with Lafcadio. We don't like the way it sounds, and those songs aren't us. They were a lot of old songs that Fred [Feldman, founder of Triple Crown Records and president of East West] made us re-record. After Lafcadio, we talked a lot about what we wanted to do. We wanted to make the record more rhythmically based. On Lafcadio, the drums and bass just followed the chords in a predictable pop way, but on this record, we tried to work on unique rhythms that are unexpected and very groove-oriented. I felt like we were afraid to try things on Lafcadio -- like, if we put vocal harmonies, people would think we were cheesy. But our mentality was completely different this time. There are five of us singing on a lot of the songs, with harmonies and countermelodies.
And how do you feel about the results?
The band is really happy with it, and the label's extremely excited about it. I used to think that Fred was this monotone character without a lot of enthusiasm, but now I get calls where he's saying, "These songs are great! I can't get them out of my head!"
What do the girlfriends think?
Nobody in the band has a girlfriend, actually. The more I tour, the more I realize it's impossible to have a girlfriend, because you're not there to nurture the relationship. It would be selfish to try to keep a relationship going like that. Before the band started touring, I had a girlfriend. The reason we broke up is that life changed and I wasn't home every day. I had a job where I had to be in the studio or on tour in different states, and I couldn't give her the time that she needed. We've been touring for two years, and I haven't had a girlfriend -- and I almost don't want to have one, because it would take away from the band. It's like I have three boyfriends right now. I'm married to them.