"It wasn't affected by money or time constraints and especially the influence of a record label" A chat with The Wood Brothers
If you're not familiar with Nashville based trio The Wood Brothers you really should be. With their best album yet, One Drop Of Truth, they've opened up their horizons and broadened their sound. We spoke with brother Oliver about their record, touring, and Boulder, Colorado.
How are you doing?
Where are you right now?
Home in Nashville prepping for a West Coast tour.
And what have you been up to today?
Dropped kids at school, got my nails done (for real, for guitar picking)!
What can you tell us about One Drop Of Truth in two sentences?
It was the funnest album of all to make. I'm very happy with it.
How did you go about writing and choosing songs for the album?
We just recorded each song as it was written, rather than compiling finished songs. So when we had enough songs, we had the album.
You’ve said this is the most purely Wood Brothers Album you’ve made, how so?
I think it's the purest because it wasn't affected by money or time constraints and especially the influence of a record label. We have our own little label now and we produced ourselves so we were in a comfy creative bubble.
How different was your approach to this record?
The approach of writing and recording one or two songs at a time was much different than writing and compiling songs for a year and recording them all at once. In this case no song was compromised and we had more freedom to experiment and give each song plenty of love.
Each song is its own story, which is your favourite, and why?
Hard to pick but I really love how 'Can't Look Away' turned out. It was the last song we recorded and it's a weird mix of words and music that's different from most of our songs.
Tell us about ‘River Takes The Town,’ one of my favourites on the record.
The flood in this song was inspired by an actual event, but it also becomes a metaphor for a number of emotional situations.
I also love ‘Sky High’, what can you tell us about that?
This is a quirky tune born out of a rehearsal jam, inspired by Los Lobos and JB Lenoir.
The video for ‘Happiness Jones’ is interesting, there’s a real juxtaposition of you guys, one dancing, one singing statue-like. Where did the idea for the video come from?
Chris has gotten really into dancing and it just seemed like a fun way to feature that.
Does how people listen to music these days matter? (For example, Spotify not being near CD quality, or people using Apple earbuds which are just horrible.) Or are you happy for people to just hear you?
Nothing much I can do about how they listen--mostly just glad they do!
Being in a band can be quite an intense thing, how do you guys find being brothers in a band?
Nothing to it—just helps us play better I think. We have that intuition thing going on!
You guys are from Boulder, Colorado originally, what can you tell me about the town?
Beautiful place, didn't effect our music much since we both left town right after grade school...love going back there though and Colorado is an amazing place to play.
You’re in Nashville these days, what is it about Music City that pulls people there? And keeps them.
For me it's just having all these creative people in one place—even if you never go out you can be inspired by the energy.
When was the last time you were starstruck?
I honestly can't remember. All the stars I've met just turned out to be regular people.
What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?
I think you mostly covered it, and I'm a Gemini.
Finally, how do you take your coffee?
Touch of almond milk.
Their fantastic album, One Drop Of Truth, is available now. For more information on The Wood Brothers visit their website. You can also follow them on Twitter or like their Facebook page.