Six albums into their rock ‘n’ roll career, the members of Canada’s Finger Eleven figured it was time to produce one themselves, which is just what guitarists James Black and Rick Jackett did on “Life Turns Electric.”
“Circumstances just lined up and fell into our lap,” explains Black, 35, noting that the quintet’s label, Wind-Up Records, had just purchased a studio and offered Finger Eleven free use of it. “The studio was just sort of provided for us, and at the same time, as we were making the demos for this record, we felt like we were ready to do this on our own.
“So it was this wicked alignment of things. We just felt confident we could do it and we wouldn’t be compromising anything by doing it ourselves. We have enough creative opinions going on within the band that the introduction of another opinion was not necessary, as it had been in the past.”
And while he and Jackett had the actual responsibility of producing “Life Turns Electric” — which debuted at No. 15 on the Canadian charts in October and No. 92 in the U.S. — Black says were hardly dictatorial during the process.
“We’ve been through this six times now; everyone knows what everyone’s role is,” Black explains. “In this band there’s no real yelling matches. A lot of creative debates were legitimately settled over a beer at a bar with whiskey and a beer and classic (rock) music playing in the background, where you could remove yourself from the studio and start looking at things objectively.
“And it’s inspirational to have all that music going on around you. We can pull the answer out of the air, almost, if we stop talking and start listening to great music like that.”
Finger Eleven and Hail The Villain perform Friday, Jan. 21, at Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $21.50. Call 313-961-8137 or visit www.livenation.com.
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