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How was he able to help you guys capture your vision for the record?

We didn't want to get to LA and make something that was a grand departure with, like, massive overdubs and string sections or whatever. And we had known from the first album that since we didn't have a proper studio or the best equipment, that we hadn't quite hit the nail on the head when it came to making a really live, energetic record — which is what the shows are like. But this time we felt like we had the tools for it, but we still wanted to make a raw rock record instead of overproducing it, so Rob was great for that and understood where we wanted to go.

Overall, have things moved faster or slower than you expected them to when you set out to make music as the Whigs?

The Whigs: Purveyors of no-frills, old-fashioned rock & roll music.
The Whigs: Purveyors of no-frills, old-fashioned rock & roll music.

Things have been especially great this year, and we've been having a great time. We have goals and things we think should be happening, but we try not to say, "Well, if we're not huge right now, there must be something wrong." It's just not really that kind of industry, and it usually doesn't work that way. For us, I guess you could say that things could be a lot worse. In many ways, we've probably already outgrown most of our original intentions for starting a band. But at the same time we always have goals to keep us going — [and] we try to be realistic.

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