Mr Gnome's music is a bit schizophrenic; it starts one way, then completely switches directions, before righting itself again 180. The band is now touring behind their b-sides, Softly Mad, released this past March as a follow up to their fantastic LP Madness In Miniature. We didn't catch them in time for a interview before their show this past October, but here is a snippet they were able to give us post-show:
It's hard to say exactly how it's different, especially after spending so much time on the record...it's a little difficult to analyze it in that way. What we hope for it to be is an extension of where we left off with Heave...hopefully a progression of our sound. We're always trying to evolve as songwriters and allow songs to develop naturally and go wherever feels best. We love records that really flow and take the listener on a sonic adventure so that's definitely what we were going for. We actually did this one a little differently - we tracked the drums and most of the guitars at Pink Duck in L.A. and recorded the vocals, some piano, and a few more guitars at our place in Cleveland. That was a really awesome experience - doing all of the vocals in the same exact room where we wrote all of the songs so I think it helped the vocals to have a little more ease in 'em. We also did the interludes and both of the softer songs on the records ("Winter" & "Watch the City Sail Away") at our place…this gave us a lot more time to experiment and really tweak everything until we were totally happy with it.
So, there you have it. Fucking show up and you won't be disappointed. And as my personal pledge to you, come up and say you read this and I will buy you a beer, and not fucking PBR. You know who I am, say hi. Show begins at 10p with doors at 9:30p. Tickets are $8 and can be found here.