Michigan hardcore upstarts The Most Dangerous Animal are preparing their full-length album, Time Heals All Wounds, for release via Love & Rust Recordings on September 24. If you’re into Cursive, Jawbox, and Comeback Kid, the LP from these newbees is not to be missed.
Ghettoblaster recently caught up with TMDA’s Jeff Buffmyer to discuss the record. This is what he told us about it.
When did you begin writing the material for your most recent album?
We actually started June of 2012. We didn’t really plan on doing a full length right off the bat, we were more so just excited to get the new band off the ground. Once we started getting into the studio and getting stuff knocked out, it just kinda came together and we ran with it.
What was the most difficult song to take from the initial writing stage through recording and mixing? Why was it so troublesome?
“Do Not Resuscitate” was probably the one that caused the most headache. The writing for the song came easy enough, but we ran into an issue when it came time to do vocals for the song. Our drummer Brian likes to tracks his drums with only a click, and no reference instruments, basically playing all from memory. So once we had the music done, and started in on the vocals we quickly realized that we overlooked the beginning of the song being about half as long as it was supposed to be.
Which of the songs on the record is most different from your original concept for the song?
“Not Me” came from a stupid, two note “riff” I had in my head. I played it for the guys a couple time and said “this is stupid, and sounds like a song I don’t want to write, but I love these notes”. From there we arranged the notes into the slowed down, even more dumbed down version you hear on the record.
Did you have any guest musicians play or sing on the record?
Yeah, we had a couple good friends help us out. Scott Nelson of Secret Grief played guitar on a few songs, and our friend Michelle Lukezic did some vocals on the song “Mexico”.
Who produced the record? What input did that person have that changed the face of the record?
When we started recording these songs we didn’t have a second guitarist, after hitting the studio with Mohnish Das, we decided that he should not only engineer and produce the record, but also join the band. Once we had him step in as our guitarist it shaped the record on many levels. He has a great ear and a passion for music, good guy to have on our side.
Is there an overarching concept behind your new album that ties the record together?
Musically, no. We write whatever comes up, and we do our best to scrap what we don’t like. Lyrically, yes. When Casey first started penning the lyrics for the album he decided that he wanted them to boost a certain loving, positive vibe throughout. If you read up on the lyrics, you’ll see that it doesn’t carry the upset, macho vibe a lot of hardcore or punk often does.
Have you begun playing these songs live and which songs have elicited the strongest reaction from your fans?
We have played most of these live, we have been saving a few to pull out specifically at the record release show. From what I’ve gathered people seem to be digging on “Mexico”, “Inside The Stone House”, and “Not Me” quite a bit.
(Stream “Do Not Resuscitate” via GlueHC. Pre-orders for the record are up now.
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