Other Lives began their year by releasing a their second album 15 months in the making. Tamer Animals is the product of folk heart, a classical soul, and minimalist recordings. The result is one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the year.
have speculated that Other Lives is inspired by everything from
Godspeed! You Black Emporer to Fleetwood Mac. What would you say your
influences were for Tamer Animals?
of influences. Particularly in this record, just to make it easy, I'd
say Phillip Glass. I was a guitar teacher for nine years. For the last
ten years, that's really what I've done all day everyday, is write,
record and play. I wish I had more interesting hobbies, but I really
don't. I read and have a journal but that's about it. I'm able
to document lyrics or thoughts or b.s. about the day.
You guys spent very a long time working on your latest album. How did you feel once it was out in the world?
e have a really large rehearsal studio. We've always wanted to have a lot of time in the studio. We wanted to see if we could convert our space into a recording studio. We did it on a very lo-fi budget without a whole lot of money or anything. Me and John worked day-to-day for 16 months.