Rock Island: Let’s talk about the new EP, Striking the Colours, what was your track selection process?
Newspaper Fashion Show: The album doesn’t necessarily include the first songs we put together. The first two songs we had written were left off of it. A couple of the songs on the EP are ones that we wrote together years ago and others we threw together during smoke breaks in John’s basement. We went with the five that we thought were the strongest because we wanted to make to best first impression we could.
RI: How did you decide where the tracks appeared on the album?
NPFS: It’s kind of based on the way we play our live sets.
RI: I thought it was a really good track selection. In particular, the first two songs have a very playful tone and then the third song, Leave Me Something, is a very sincere track which kind of gives the album a new energy. The last two songs sort of wind it back and end with this playful rhythm. Was that intentional or just sort of coincidental?
NPFS: I guess there was probably not as much thought into it as that haha. There was a bit of debate regarding the rising and falling of the album as far energy goes. We wanted to keep the strongest at either end and the middle just kind of happened.
RI: That’s interesting because a lot of bands will save tracks like “Leave Me Something” until the end but, I think it is really nicely punctuated by having it in the middle.
NPFS: We also released a couple live demos of the first two tracks earlier so we figured that people who had checked out our bandcamp page had already heard those songs so we threw those in the beginning and then have the new stuff as tracks 3, 4 and 5.
RI: You bring up an interesting point about releasing content online. I imagine it’s a struggle to decide how you are going to get your content out to your audience. Do you release it all online? Do you sell it physically? Do you do some blend of the two? What sort of thought process went into how you decided to release your music?
NPFS: We just kind of went with everything we could. We have the EP on Spotify and iTunes. We also have physical copies. You know you will sell a couple of physical copies, but really for us it was mostly to our friends and neighbours haha. So the accessibility of putting something on Spotify is a good thing for us. Maybe you won’t get as much money for it, but since it’s the first thing we’ve released we’re not really expecting to make money off it anyway. It’s on everything we could get it on because it was kind of just about getting heard with this first EP.
RI: You guys had some live experience going into this EP. Some bands like to release a recording that is very distinct from their live show and some bands pride themselves on being the same live as on the record. Were you trying to emulate your live sound on this record?
NPFS: I would say yes. There is nothing really different on the record that isn’t in the live show. There are some setbacks when you are playing a live show and it is difficult to make it sound pristine. When you record it, you want it to sound a lot better, quality wise, but still organic. I think the energy in a live show makes up for all the missed notes. That energy is hard to capture because you are not playing the songs in front of a live crowd.
RI: Looking forward, to things like say music videos, some bands have difficulty venturing into these new artistic mediums. How do you guys feel about trying those kinds of things in the future?
NPFS: I’ve been itching to give that a try… to work with somebody who might have a good idea after hearing a song and really try to put a cool spin on it. I don’t know about the acting and lip syncing tho haha. We couldn’t even take band pictures seriously a few months ago haha.
RI: What was it like working with producer Dylan Piercy on this EP? What did he bring to the table?
NPFS: He was great to work with, very accommodating and constantly checking in with us to get our input while he was mixing the tracks. He played drums on the album and spent nearly 12 hours straight in his basement recording drums. The only thing that could have been a bit better is that he lives in Toronto…so it would have been cool to sit down with him a bit more but he was a great producer.
Listen to Newspaper Fashion Show here: http://newspaperfashionshow.bandcamp.com/