By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Steve Brennan
By Joseph Hess
By Allsion Babka
By Kelsey McClure
By RFT Music
By Christian Schaeffer
By Gabriel San Roman
While the band has three songwriters, distinguishing a Lewis, Livingstone or Crow tune would be impossible without liner notes. Although they compose separately, what one songwriter invents in privacy finds a genuine voice only in the band's fury. "We're trying to change that," Lewis says of Champeen's songwriting process. "For me, I had always written an entire song, structure and all, and brought it to the band and said, 'Here it is.'
With this record, we started to rehearse the songs before I had words; I would just sing nonsense over the tune. We're trying to go farther with that. Now, I'm trying to bring songs to the band in a more natal state."
No one would call The One That Brought You painstakingly produced, but the record's manic energy, pitched between Black Market-era Clash and early Soul Asylum, wasn't an accident. "We had to work really hard to get it to sound like we didn't try at all," Lewis says. "We tried to do it real live in the studio, but ultimately it didn't sound as off-the-cuff as we had hoped. We got sidetracked for a long time and just did track after track after track. We wanted something raw and spontaneous, but we had to spend a lot of time getting that. We wanted controlled chaos, which is pretty hard to achieve."