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
What are you guys proudest of about the record?
MS: Mike has a great studio, and he really knows how to record acoustic bands. We probably passed 40 or 50 studios on the way to Lawrence to record there.
PE: He would just yell, "Do it again! Do it again! Do it again!"
JM: Oh, man, he was so hard on us, and it was so good.
PE: It was exactly what we needed. The record wouldn't have come out half as well if he wouldn't have been cracking the whip on us.
JS: He's like, "Well, usually I let bands think that they have control over what's going to happen. But I don't have time for that, so I'm just going to tell you straight what to record."
JM: I agreed with every single decision he made.
MS: Except for the one, where we had to sing falsetto on that song. That was hilarious.
JS: He's like, "Try this line, for just backup vocals."
MS: Jason and I went into the booth and we're like [imitates a crackling, high singing voice]. Mike fell out of his chair laughing, it was so bad. [All laugh]
MS: The thing I'm really proud of, is that most of what you're hearing is us all standing in a room playing together. We didn't go in one at a time and play our parts. It's all of us together. There's some takes that aren't completely perfect, but as a group it sounded great.
What are the biggest misconceptions about you guys?
JM: One thing that's nice is we've finally gotten to the point where people will start telling us, "Nice show." Whereas before everyone would just come up to us...they'd never hate the show, they'd always be like, "Man, that was something!"
PE: Yeah, I remember getting a lot of, "That was interesting!"
JM: That was something. Well, what's that supposed to mean? Now we're to the point now where no matter what, people will react to our shows — whether you like it, hate it, I don't care.
JS: Just feel something.
JM: Just react to it.
JS: Just remember us.
8 p.m. Friday, March 28. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue. $7. 314-773-3363.