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“When I’m walking down the street, people just scream at me,” explains Matt Safer, bassist from dance-rock flagship band the Rapture. “‘Go back to 2003!’ “
After nearly two years of non-stop touring in support of 2003’s Echoes LP, the Rapture have begun writing material for the follow-up. “We have 25 things that are all pretty good.”
“Songs are definitely a lot more melodic. A little more soulful. . . .Gabe [Andruzzi] has moved into a lot more synth stuff and percussion stuff, moving away from the sax. It affects the make-up of the band, because suddenly it’s guitar and keyboards a lot of times, and that’s two different relationships to work out. Also I’m singing more.”
Will they call it dance music?
“I really hate when people call it dance music,” says Safer. “It sounds like some dilettante shit, like ‘He’s kind of an arty guy.’ My mind’s searching for the synonym…footworthy? It’s still footworthy.”
As kids know, the Rapture split from DFA Records upon signing to Universal, somewhere in the late 2003/early 2004 vicinity. The break was amiable, contrary to some rumors floating around, many of which I probably started.
“We’re buddies,” Safer reports. “There certainly was a time when shit was tense. But we both came out of it with what we needed to come out of it. It wasn’t like we said we consciously need to make this next record different, with someone else, either. We want to make our record now, and James [Murphy] is gone. It was never really an option to consider. I don’t think it would be a great problem going back in, but practically speaking it ain’t gonna happen.”
“When we made the last album, a lot of it developed in the studio, in terms of what we really wanted to be doing with it. The ideas developed over the course of six months, finding a direction for the music. We don’t want to spend six months in the studio this time.”
While the band aren’t sure who they would like to work with for their new one, Safer shares some song titles, which unless my microcassette record lies or mumbles, include “Don Gone Do it,” “No Sex for Ben,” “Down for Someone,” “Every Little Thing,” and “Pieces of the People We Know.”
Safer and Andruzzi, in the down time, have entered the remix game, producing their HUSHHUSH remixes for Supersystem (“Miracle”), Annie (“Me Plus One”), Manhead (“Hey Now”), and Gomma band Who Made Who.
Finally: “We kinda came to the conclusion that we needed to make efforts to not lose sight of why we started in the first place.”
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