Indie rock quintet I Was Totally Destroying It (IWTDI) looks to enhance their music portfolio with their upcoming album “Vexations,” set for release Tuesday, August 21. During a phone interview vocalist/guitarist John Booker delved into how IWTDI approached the new album differently from previous ones and the resulting affects. “The main thing is we all walked out of the studio saying this is the best record we ever made and (over a year later) we still think that.”
A Different Approach
John Booker noted the new approach proved intentional, saying “It was a choice to take a different approach to songwriting this time.” “Vexations” represents I Was Totally Destroying It’s fourth full-length album. In the past Booker recalls writing mostly complete tracks and then sharing those with his band mates, singer Rachel Hirsh, guitarist Curtis Armstead, bassist Joe Mazzitelli and drummer James Hepler. By Booker taking a step back “Vexations” became a more collaborative project.
Songwriting served as only one way IWTDI approached the new album differently. “More so than the songwriting where I felt like I was able to step back a little bit was actually the recording of the record, the production of the record. On a lot of our early records I played a lot of the parts myself and also mostly produced the records myself.” Not this time.
Inside the Studio
Experienced producers Josh Cain and Ed Ackerson guided I Was Totally Destroying It through “Vexations,” allowing John Booker a break from production. Cain highly advised the group to record the upcoming album away from their comfort zone, North Carolina. Heeding the advice IWTDI traveled to Minneapolis.
When asked if the different setting helped inspire the group Booker honestly stated, “We had a pretty set idea of what the vibe, the concept, and everything and the feel of the album was. We had the songs you know at least conceptionly and atmospherically where we wanted them before we went up there.” He did acknowledge however getting away from home benefited his ability to focus on recording.
Time and Effort
Considering “Vexations” came to fruition over the past three years the Tuesday, August 21 release date will mark a certain culmination for I Was Totally Destroying It. Booker revealed the band actually recorded the album over a year ago and possessed the completed mixed mastered version last summer. IWTDI started writing the tracks two years prior to recording.
A desire to ensure the album’s launch reaches the fullest potential possible provided the motivation for waiting on the release. “We’ve rushed some albums in the past and I think they suffered a little bit because of it, not the actual recording of the albums but the promoting and releasing of the albums” explained Booker.
To help promote “Vexations” I Was Totally Destroying It will tour across the United States throughout September. For specific tour dates or more on the indie rock group visit www.iwtdi.com.