The Wild Reeds Unpack 'New Ways To Die' EP, Touring With Shakey Graves & More: Exclusive Premiere

The Wild Reeds Unpack 'New Ways To Die' EP, Touring With Shakey Graves & More: Exclusive Premiere

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“The greatest instance I can provide [to describe this EP] is that I’m consuming a kombucha, and it says ‘fall version,’ and it’s fully totally different from all the opposite labeled kombuchas,” The Wilds Reeds’ Mackenzie Howe says over the cellphone.

It’s an correct metaphor. The Wild Reeds modified up their recording course of for his or her new EP, New Ways To Die, which you’ll hear solely on Streets Talkin forward of its extensive launch Friday (Sept. 28) Dualtone. While their earlier two LPs are stuffed with harmonies and energy chords, New Ways To Die is an experimental venture that reveals a extra uncooked and acoustic aspect of the group.

“I’d say that that is simply not us placing our greatest or worst foot ahead, this is rather like a bit of totally different type of B-side of extras,” she provides.

Though the indie folk-rock group initially started as a trio in 2010, The Wild Reeds have been recording as a quintet since 2014. They self-released their debut LP, Blind and Brave, in 2014, after which adopted that up with 2017’s The World We Built — their first launch on a significant label, which earned them their first entry on a Streets Talkin chart, reaching No. 22 on Americana/Folk Albums and No. 25 on Heatseekers Albums. Their 2015 Tiny Desk Concert for NPR has additionally garnered greater than one million views.

The Wild Reeds' third full-length set, due someday subsequent 12 months, guarantees to construct on that momentum. The group teamed up with Lucius drummer and producer Dan Molad on each the EP and the new album at Panoramic House in Stinson Beach, California earlier in the summertime. The group is at the moment on tour with Shakey Graves, and so they'll hit the street with Gregory Alan Isokov beginning Oct. 9.

Ahead of their new EP, Streets Talkin caught up with The Wild Reeds’ Kinsey Lee, Mackenzie Howe and Sharon Silva to debate New Ways To Die, its mysterious cowl artwork, touring with Shakey Graves and extra.

On how they pieced collectively the three tracks:

Kinsey: We went within the studio to file 24 songs and scaled it right down to 21. The songs are a bit of extra intimate and actually particular to us, so we needed to place them collectively and launch them on an EP.

Mackenzie: The factor that’s so attention-grabbing about these songs is that we’re placing out a file subsequent 12 months, and we’re making an attempt to not announce it in any respect. Basically, these have been just like the "non-pressure, if-we-get-to-it" songs. We have been gonna put “New Ways to Die” on the [full-length] file, however I had a dream that there was this different tune that was speculated to go on the file as an alternative of “New Ways to Die,” and I instantly texted the band and was like, "Hey guys, I actually assume this different tune needs to be on the file and we should always take 'New Ways to Die' off and hold it with the opposite two Four-track songs — they’re triplets and belong collectively." You’ll see if you hear the file within the spring. 

It’s a really produced and punchy and enjoyable and poppy file, and so these songs which might be fully stripped down and intimate stay alone with a really particular temper, and it felt bizarre to separate one from the opposite two. So as soon as we determined to place them collectively, we felt actually good about packaging it as an EP. We’re not making an attempt to introduce this as a brand new sound or sort of recording — these are type of our B-sides, and we’re releasing them first as a result of we simply needed one thing enjoyable to launch.

On recording with Lucius collaborator Dan Molad:

Mackenzie: We sought him out particularly for this recording course of. He’s the form of man that’s keen to get actually actually hi-fi and go loopy with manufacturing and do actually enjoyable, trendy stuff, after which additionally sit round a Four-track tape recorder with three microphones and simply hope that we get one thing actually uncooked.

Kinsey: We made an inventory of producers we’d wish to work with, and he was No. 1on mine, as a result of we had by no means labored with a producer that was occupied with difficult us vocally. Everybody [in the past] was identical to, "Yeah, you realize what you’re doing." But understanding that Danny comes from a bunch that may be very vocally pushed, we knew that he could be difficult us in that approach, and he actually did.

Sharon: He made room for us all to be actually inventive but additionally problem us instrumentally and vocally. It was actually cool. He was like, "You can nonetheless have enjoyable whereas making one thing nice." I haven’t actually had an expertise like that earlier than this.

On the quilt artwork for New Ways To Die, which includes a Polaroid image of a bathroom:

Sharon: We have been up at Stinson Beach — it’s such a fantastic place the place you possibly can look out into the ocean whilst you have been recording. It was good. On day two, one of many bogs clogged — like, actual unhealthy — to the purpose the place it was leaking into the management room, and the odor was simply permeating the area.

So the way it’s arrange is there aren’t actually recording cubicles, it’s only one massive lounge space the place they’ve every part arrange. So we have been sitting on the bottom recording “New Way to Die,” and the proprietor of the home is simply strolling backwards and forwards making an attempt to plunge this rest room and making an attempt to seal the leak, as a result of we couldn’t be within the management room — we have been getting lightheaded! And it simply permeated the area, and in between takes we have been like, "Oh my God, I don’t understand how for much longer I can do that."

Mackenzie: We have been burning so a lot Palo Santo.

Kinsey: We thought of going residence as a result of we couldn’t really breathe. The management room was beneath the restroom.

Sharon: So I simply went in at some point and took that Polaroid of the bathroom and had [producer Dan Molad] simply write “New Ways To Die” on it and we have been like, "That’s it! We’re carried out with the file — tight."

Kinsey: It’s humorous to be in such a stunning place after which have one thing like that occur the place it’s like, "Ahh, it’s so attractive and it smells so… oh."

Mackenzie: We nonetheless don’t know who the wrongdoer is, however we’ve concepts.

On touring with Shakey Graves:

Mackenzie: It’s been nice. We’ve been mates with these guys for years now. We’re on the identical label and have so many mutual mates. Our managers are buddies, and it was simply type of the proper storm. We really feel just like the followers are extremely receptive to us in a very cool approach, as a result of we’re equally as genre-confused as he is. It’s someplace between people and rock and singer-songwriter and heavy. It’s been nice to date.

Sharon: They’re simply actually good hangs. They’re simply easy-going, and it’s good to tour with a band like that. They’re foolish and simply as bizarre as us.

Kinsey: I believe this is without doubt one of the best-matched payments we’ve ever had. We’re at all times trying to find what band we should always open for that may complement our music and their music, and our music is totally different [from Shakey Graves’] however comparable sufficient that we complement one another very well. We give one another a variety of power — and that’s actually essential on the street.

This interview has been edited and condensed for size and readability.