Making a sophomore album, the just-released “Walk It Off,” was a different experience for Minneapolis’ Tapes ‘N Tapes.
The quartet recorded the follow-up to 2006’s homemade “The Loon” with producer Dave Fridmann in a “real” studio in upstate New York, though keyboardist
Matt Kretzmann notes that it took just a couple days longer than its predecessor. But, he adds, there was a different urgency in writing songs for “Walk It Off.”
“It was a little bit more accelerated,” says Kretzmann, 27, “in that we basically toured on ‘The Loon’ for a year and a half, and we don’t really write stuff on the road.
“So it was a little more accelerated, whereas the songs on ‘The Loon’ may have been written over a couple of years. This one had a tighter capsule in terms of time and in terms of us all doing it together at the same time, whereas (‘The Loon’) was a snapshot of the band at a particular time.”
Tapes ‘N Tapes did have a batch of new material before it toured in the spring of 2007, however, and Kretzmann says that being able to road test some of “Walk It Off ’s” material worked in the band’s favor.
“The big thing in general was just having the opportunity to play a couple hundred shows on ‘The Loon,”’ he explains. “We’d have to be pretty bad not to get better and grow in our musical rapport with each other.
“So that was a big thing for us, I think, to be able to play together so much and sort of let our sound grow and breath, however you want to put it. By the time we got in the studio, we were a better band.”
Tapes ‘N Tapes and White Denim perform Saturday (April 12) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 in advance, $15 day of show. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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