Indy: Your band had a difficult time when you started work on your new CD, Elephant Shell. After 20 days in the studio, you pulled the plug on the project with little having been accomplished. How did the band feel at that point?
GA: We were kind of scared shitless. We had just spent like 2 weeks in the studio and had nothing that we were really proud of. We were like, "What happened to us? Have we made our best material and forgotten how to be a band?" I don't know, it was definitely very unnerving.
Indy: You went out and played live right after that. How did that get Elephant Shell back on track?
GA: That was a really big influence on us ... It was like, "That's what we always set out to do, is be a live band, so let's just go back and write these songs as a band again and just make sure that everything that we are going to do in the studio we can do live, ourselves, at our shows." So yeah, we just went back in with that mindset, and everything just clicked again.
Indy: You signed to Saddle Creek Records before the Elephant Shell CD, a significant step up from your previous label, Paper Bag Records. Why did Saddle Creek seem like a good fit?
GA: They just seemed to be a label that was kind of at the level that we wanted to bring the band. They've done a lot with artists [such as Bright Eyes and Cursive] that aren't really mainstream-friendly, but they're selling hundreds of thousands of records.