RBF: How did you go about writing and recording this one? Was the process any different to the first?
JM: Yeah quite different. On the writing side of things, Bienvenido has songs that were written years before - shelved and re-worked and shelved - and also songs that just fell out of us in pre-production. But as a project it spans a large amount of time every song has a different moment or point in time in which it was created.
With The Great Escape, the whole album bar one or two songs was created in those three weeks in February. So a lot more continuity from the writing and album craft, purely because the songs are all so closely related in age. As far as recording, we also tried switching it up. The first album we recorded piece by piece which is a great way to nail the take and perfect things, but for me it can suck a bit of magic out of my playing and the cohesiveness of the energy in the songs can suffer.
So, with The Great Escape, we tried rehearsing the songs over and over again before going into the studio for a short amount of time to record everything together at once. Replacing things if we needed to, but trying to use the live takes as much as possible. This also has it's pros and cons, so it was fun to experiment with this new process. I know it made CJ's life a lot harder in post-production though (haha), so it was far from the perfect way to do things.
Next time I think we will try a mix of both! It's a unique challenge recording our songs and protecting the live feel and realness that moves us, it feels like trying to capture lighting in a bottle one day and then sometimes it feels like shooting fish in a barrel.