Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner; The Fray, LotM tonight…

Category: Blog — @ 12:27 pm April 12, 2006

Just posted for your reading pleasure, a feature/interview with Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Nick talks about hanging out in Omaha, competition in Brooklyn, the band’s new album, and the old days (Read it here). Among the stuff that didn’t make it into the story, Zinner said he digs playing in Bright Eyes, a band he’s toured with as recently as last year’s Digital Ash tour (Btw, he said playing at the MAC Center in CB for a Bright Eyes gig last May was kind of a drag because the crowd was so far from the stage — it drained a lot of the energy from the set). Zinner says he looks forward to doing another tour with Conor and Company…eventually. “I’m booked for awhile, but I definitely want to do it again in the future. It’s so much fun for me to play with him, it’s like a rock vacation.”

Zinner also talked about working with legendary producer Alan Moulder behind the mixing console both for their new record and their debut LP. Moulder has worked with some of indie rock’s most defining acts, including My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Mary Chain and Smashing Pumpkins. “He kind of downplays his role in all those productions,” Zinner said. “I was able to get a lot of great stories out of him. He’s an amazing man. He’s worked on so many important, influential, seminal records, but is so down to earth and receptive and relaxed and supportive.” Zinner said the band originally got connected to Moulder through their manager, who was good friends with Toni Halliday of Curve — Moulder’s wife. How do they work together? “When I’m in the studio, I take a back seat while Alan gets it to the point where he thinks it sounds good, then we’ll work together at perfecting it. I’m a bit of a studio geek, but not as much as he is. We take time and keep listening to the song over and over again.”

Tonight, The Fray at Sokol Auditorium with Landing on the Moon. I’ve never heard of The Fray, so I was a bit surprised when their show sold out so quickly. Who are these guys? Well, their last record was on Sony/Epic. They’re from Denver. Their sound is safe, middle-of-the-road radio rock. Hmm. Ah, here it is. Their songs have been played on TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” “ER” and “Bones,” three shows I’ve never seen before. And last summer they toured with Weezer. It’s all beginning to make sense now. More interesting than The Fray is the Sokol Aud debut of Landing on the Moon. How will they pull it off on the big stage? Get there at 8 and find out (if you have a ticket).

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