Indy: You're at South by Southwest in a few weeks. Where are you playing and what's the plan?
Lynch: I know for sure that we're playing at the PureVolume Ranch with The Photo Atlas, who are our best friends on the road. I'm a booking agent as well, so I have to go see a couple of my bands. I have Capgun Coup and A Weather, who are on Conor Oberst's Team Love label.
Indy: You've brought in Steve Fisk [Nirvana, Soundgarden, Minus the Bear] to engineer the album you're recording now. What mark has he left on your band?
Lynch: I think he can bring out what I call the hi-fi, lo-fi sound. He has a bunch of records that are in my Top 20. We started out as a five-piece with a bass player, but right before the record came out we became a four-piece, with piano, violin, drums and guitar, and we all were singing.
Indy: You operate out of Billings, Mont., but don't have a huge history there. Does the death of scene-based musical affiliation make it easier to work with someone like Fisk and build a broad fan base?
Lynch: I think it does. People seem more accepting of a touring band than they are of a local band, and we even see this now in our home state. We have way better responses outside of Montana, and I hear that from a lot of other bands as well they get no love from the local crowd. And I don't know why that is; it's the total opposite of what it used to be.
At The Black Sheep, March 9.