Lemuria’s Alex Kerns on their forthcoming LP, recording with J. Robbins, and more

lemurialowres Buffalo trio Lemuria have been purveying a strain of rocking indie pop for almost a decade now. With a slew of singles behind them, it's surprising that they've only recently finished recording their third full-length. As yet untitled, the LP will be released later this year on Bridge 9 Records, following their second, Pebbles (also on Bridge 9) and their debut, Get Better, on Asian Man. We harrassed the hell out of drummer and vocalist Alex Kerns via Twitter and e-mail, and he was surprisingly willing to answer some questions for us. lemuria secretYou've released both a "surprise" package and two holiday bundles in the past year. What's the impetus behind all of these projects? We have always wanted to release the surprise LP, which isn't really a surprise anymore ... it's the first 5 songs we recorded for our 2004 Demo. It was only a CD-R, and we like to always have our music available in a vinyl format. We sort of timed it's release in the middle of a year where we hadn't really put out too much music because we were in the process of writing and recording our new album. For the past few years we have always done a valentine and holiday bundle. It just helps cover expenses when we aren't on tour and I run a record label called Art of the Underground along with a screen printing shop called Argybargy Printing, so I have all the supplies at our disposal to do random fun things with our merch store. I'm assuming it's tied to Argybargy Printing, but how so, exactly? Everything from t-shirts, stickers, buttons, patches, posters and vinyl b-side printed records we through Argybargy which is a small print shop I run out of my garage with my business partner Biff who is also in a slew of bands like Brown Sugar, I Object and Plates. Lemuria's release schedule is rather regular -- an LP every three years or so, with singles and splits in between. Is this an intentional thing, or just happenstance? Sort of both. A part of it is just our natural speed of producing new music. But we have also become aware of our pacing and we make sure to be mindful that we aren't releasing anything too close to one another. We like to leave a good chunk of time in between full length albums so that we have new experiences to write about and also time to get a good dose of touring in on each release. Regarding singles: I know that the tracks for last year's Record Store Day single, "Varoom Allure," were recorded specifically for that purpose, but is it always that way, or are some of the tracks leftovers? With that record we went in and had two brand new songs we wanted to record specific to that release, and that goes the same for all the split 7"s and EP's that we have released. We entered the studios with our purpose in mind. But the Chautauqua County 7" and the first single 7" that comes out for our new album the b-sides are extra tracks that we recorded during that album sessions and liked enough to release, but they did not flow right to actually fit in the midst of the rest of the songs. One of my favorite artists Tom Waits described these tracks perfectly, he calls these type of songs "Orphans". lemuria_highres1232 copyYou headed into the studio with J. Robbins for the second time. What led the band to work with him again? We like building relationships with engineers. We recorded our 2004 Demo and Get Better with Doug White at Watchmen Studios in Lockport, NY. If you listen to the quality in the recordings of those two records back to back you can hear how a band/producer relationship can build. The same goes with J Robbins, we now have recorded Pebble, the Varoom Allure 7" and our new album which will be titled very shortly. Each experience has grown sonically. When I've spoken with other bands about recording with Robbins, they've described the process of working with him as "full-on involved and active, trying to make the best record he can." Was that the case for Lemuria? Definitely. He really cares about what he produces and at the same time cares about what the band wants and he makes sure to really understand where we are coming from. Is there a particular sonic direction you set as you began recording? We actually have about twice the amount of time we had to record this album than we did the last, so we are definitely going to really go all out and experiment with mic placements and many other things that we have never had time for in the past. I also set up two different drum kits, one in a big open room and one in a more dead room, and I'm using different snares and cymbals throughout the album so that they compliment the songs nicely and also so when you listen to the album your ears don't really adjust to the tones and lose sensitivity to them and each track sounds fresh to the ears, but of course still mixed and mastered to all be cohesive. aotulogoAs a band, you're relentlessly involved with your fans. Twitter, Facebook -- even your Art of the Underground label can be seen as this connection to directly deliver information, as well as musical entertainment. How has this developed, or is it just another facet of making music these days? It is why we do the band. A lot of the people that I would consider my best friends in this world I met through Lemuria or Art of the Underground. We are continuing to make friends and find out about great new bands by staying involved and running things at somewhat of a grassroots volume. Lemuria has made the transition from a label the band started (AOTU) to a small indie (Asian Man) to a bigger indie (Bridge 9). Do you see yourselves ever making that next step up, or are you content with where you are? We definitely are going to do a couple more releases with Bridge 9 because they are really perfect for us right now. Asian Man is also an incredible label. We have put out 7"s and splits on labels like No Idea, Suburban Home, Hex, Salinas, and many others and that is fun for us because it's cool to be involved with labels that we love and respect and it also helps to expose the band to people who may not have ever heard us otherwise. I'm not sure what the next thing is for Lemuria, but we wouldn't ever work with a label that would jeopardize our control of the music. Lemuria will soon be announcing spring and summer tour dates, along with a title and release date for their third LP. Catch the band online via their website and on Facebook.

Asian Man Records’ Mike Park on music for kids

mike park Starting Thursday, January 10, children's show Yo Gabba Gabba will head out on the road with a new live show, entitled "Get the Sillies Out!" As if a show created by members of the Aquabats and featuring Biz Markie wasn't amazing enough, Asian Man Records label honcho and all-around cool guy Mike Park will be the Super Music Friend for the entirety of the tour. Mr. Park was cool enough to take time out of his rather busy schedule to talk to us. You're getting ready to go out on the road with Yo Gabba Gabba for two months. I assume your connection to the show is from your acquaintance with the Aquabats? Yes, I first met the Aquabats many moons ago when my old band Skankin' Pickle played with them a handful of times down in Southern California. You've got kids of your own. Is this the first big tour you've done since they've come along? It seems like you've made a lot of quick jaunts, but never quite to this extent. I've actually done a handful of tours since the kids came into the picture, but nothing this long. I was gone for a little bit less than a month and I remember missing them oh so very much. I'm hoping with Skype, I can fulfill some of the father time through technology. What does being the "Super Music Friend" for the show entail? Playing one song, mimicking the TV show verbatim. Pretty easy gig. Getting to travel and have fun in a nice comfortable setting. These venues are way more fancy than I'm used to. fun fun logoIs this a way to road-test all of the songs for your next children's album in front of the intended audience? Not at all. I'll be doing the exact same song on the entire tour. It's a pre-recorded track that I will be singing over. Yes, monotonous. But that's show biz. How does one make the transition from regular music to music for kids -- or, considering the fact that you've always had fun times with your music with stuff like "Gerry Is Strong" or "I'm In Love With A Girl Named Spike," is there no transition at all? Not much, like you said. I think SKA translates well to young kids. It makes you want to get up and dance. What's been the response to your children's music label, Fun Fun Records, so far? so far so good, but we're just so small on the big picture. hopefully we can grow into something more substantial and gain a following as a really reputable place to buy quality family friendly music. Is it too early in the game for parents to have used your music and the label's music as a gateway to their favorite artists? Heck, no... :) You can get tickets and show information about the Yo Gabba Gabba ""Get the Sillies Out!" tour (which hits Kansas City at the Midland by AMC on Saturday, February 23) at the Yo Gabba Gabba Live site.

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