You know that whole thing about being careful for what you wish for? Well, Taylor Smith and the rest of experimental pop act Braids would be advised to take that cliché to heart in the future. In a 2009 interview with Toronto's AWmusic.ca, the bassist/vocalist said, “I feel like we should be compared to Animal Collective. I feel like that's who we sound like.”
Keyboardist/vocalist Katie Lee estimates that the band has done an interview for every second city of this tour. On Thursday night, the Montreal four-piece comes to Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa for a show with Asobi Seksu and Useless Keys, so it's time for OC Weekly to join the flurry of interviewees via a quick convo with Lee.
Native Speaker was written “live” and done two and a half years before the actual recording. You are planning on using computers to set up the next record, right?
[It's] definitely with the way in which each of us writes our parts. I know that before we wrote songs, everything would sort of sit together. It was sort of predictable. I would write the melody line and then Raphy would write the nice vocal part that would go on top of it, but I think these days, we've ventured more. I wasn't aggressive as I [am] now. Now, I feel like I definitely would take a stance in bringing a part that I would have been scared in bringing maybe two years ago [Laughs], so perhaps that aggressiveness brings the music into a different way.