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PropertyOfZack is happy to be posting a new interview with our friend Greg Dunn of Moving Mountains. Greg and I spoke towards the end of December about the band’s work on their new album, a possible release timeline, what working with a producer was like, touring, and much more. Check it all out below!
Moving Mountains just wrapped up The Triple Crown Tour, which was just a little run. That’s your first US tour since the spring. Was it fun to do those dates?
Yeah. That was an idea that we had for quite a long time and it kept getting pushed back with our schedules conflicting. But I’m happy that it finally came together. It’s kind of funny how things come around full circle like that because we’ve played more shows with O’Brother than any band we’ve ever played with and we’ve sort of grown up as a band with Caspian from the way beginning. So it kind of made sense for that lineup, for sure.
It’s got to be awesome that Triple Crown has those like-minded bands as well.
Yeah, it is pretty cool. It’s kind of funny how it all works out.
Before this tour, you guys spent a good amount of time in the studio recording the third album. It was the first time you guys worked with another producer. Did you know you wanted to do that right away?
No. We had been going through quite a bit. We were also going through having a new member on board and kind of figuring out exactly what we should do. We considered doing it ourselves and considered going through a few different producers. But we kind of wanted to throw ourselves into a situation that we knew we were going to be comfortable in. I think having another person, like producer, that has his hands in our music; we knew that was going to be stressful for us. So we went ahead and did that. We were in Atlanta for a little under a month. Then we took what we did there… We were supposed to finish it then and there. We were supposed to record for three and a half weeks and then mix and be done, but I think we learned through that process that it takes us a long time. We’re not the type of band that can just go into the studio and write and leave with something. So we had to take all the files with us to New York, and we’ve been working on it ever since.
So the record is not totally finished yet?
No. We keep setting these deadlines and we keep changing things and adding things. Every day we have a new perspective on what we’re going to do; always changing. I am supposed to go to Poughkeepsie tomorrow to this guy, Mike, who has worked on all of our records in some way or another. I’m actually going to his studio tomorrow; he’s been helping me put together all of this month’s worth of work of writing and recording to finally put it into one cohesive mix thing. It’s weird. Moving Mountains has always sort of been a product of experimenting on your own. It started with Nick and I experimenting. Through the course of our band’s career there’s been more and more people getting involved. It’s also been tough figuring out how to adapt to that. We’re always still struggling. We’re the type of band that needs to be left alone for a little while to come up with music. You know?
Has it been stressful though? You’ve all done everything on your own before this so even if you’re expecting to get something done by date ‘X’ it could be different than expected… working with a different producer; and having to finish it on your own.
Yeah. This was the first time we were all put in that position. You put out a record and then you tour. We did a lot of touring in support of Waves. During that time we also had to figure out a way to write another record. We got home and then we had about a month to write an entire record and then we had a month in the studio. In our experience, writing a record can take anywhere between six months and a year. So it was definitely a pretty intense experience: waking yourself up every day and forcing yourself to be creative… which is something we’re not used to. But I think that because of that forced sort of structure that we were giving, it, in a way, allowed us to make something that is definitely different than the stuff we’ve done in the past. We didn’t have a lot of time to make decisions and I think that the record… The record is definitely different than stuff we’ve done in the past. I’m really happy, ultimately, with how it’s turned out. I guess that’s what’s most important.
Waves was a big shift from the works before it. What are we looking at with this?
I think Waves represented a time where we were very excited to be on the road and to connect with people live and to bring that sort of energetic, alive and aggressive aesthetic. That was sort of our live record. I think this one is a much better representation of… I don’t know. We didn’t really keep in mind playing these songs live. We just said “Let’s make a record” that we would listen to all the time; that we wouldn’t have to worry about playing live. It’s a bit more familiar to our older material. But at the same time it’s different enough that we’ve never really done anything like it.
Depending on meeting deadlines and stuff, when were you aiming for a release?
Well, I know Triple Crown wants to put it out sometime early next year. That was always the deadline or goal that we were aiming for. I think we’re still on track to make that work. I think it will come out sometime in the spring. Its crazy how in two years, your mentality can shift. It really affects your music, obviously.
PropertyOfZack Contributor Blogger and photographer Dave Summers has been launching limited edition photo prints in his webstore each month, and he even wrote an article about it on POZ earlier this week to shed some light on the process. We’ve teamed up with Dave celebrate the new limited launch, which includes prints of Circa Survive, Every Time I Die, Converge, Listener, Moving Mountains, Seahaven, Sainthood Reps, Loma Prieta, Citizen, and Mansions, to give away prints to three lucky winners. Check out all the prints here, and find out how to enter the contest by December 31st below!
You must do each of the following things to win a photo print of your choosing:
The secret is out. Moving Mountains have been added our Topshelf Records CMJ Showcase that we’re sponsoring with our friends at AbsolutePunk. The Showcase will be taking place in Brooklyn, NY tonight with Into It. Over It., The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Slingshot Dakota, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves, Diamond Youth, and Prawn. Check out extra details for the event above and RSVP on Facebook here!
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