The Left End: Interview With Callers

Recently, The Left End was lucky enough to chat with the Sara Lucas of up-and-coming Brooklyn band Callers before a show with the Dirty Projectors at the Paradise Rock Club. Callers are a great example of indie music crossing into other genres to create new genres altogether, and they brought down the house prior to the Projectors themselves. Be sure to check out their new album Reviver, slotted for release on October 9th in addition to a slew of new tour dates (Boston included). Here’s what Sara had to say!

WERS: You’re doing a date with the Dirty Projectors and then touring with Wye Oak this fall. What’s it like having so much coming up and knowing the new album is still on the horizon? Does it stress you out?

Sara: It doesn’t stress me out at all; it’s really exciting, particularly when we’re performing live. It’s really exciting to be playing with such a great band on the road, it’s incredible– that’s probably the least stressful and most exciting aspect of releasing the new album.

WERS: When you and the band were coming together [Sara, Don, and Ryan Seaton], it was from all different kinds of musical sensibility. How did you guys work on developing the really unique sound that you do?

Sara: Well, it’s really interesting because we worked with Don for a really long time, but he’s actually not in the band anymore. He left the band right after we finished the record, totally amicably. Now the band actually has two new members who are actually engineers and producers who are from Providence and we’re really, really excited about that. They run a studio called Machines of Madness and after working on the record with us, they decided to join the band. They were a large part of how the record sounds — production-wise and engineering — and Don was certainly a large part of the record as well; he did write some of the songs and had to do with a lot of the production of the drums. When we were working with Don, you know, it’s very collaborative– Ryan and I would do most of the songwriting but Don was very much a part of the collaboration while he was in the band. And I really like that as an aspect of a band, you know? I mean, like, writing together and there’s not any one person in charge at all. For better or for worse, that’s how it works and it’s what we love about it.

WERS: Absolutely, and its a very exciting new chapter for you guys with the two new members.

Sara: Yeah, and it’s so awesome how it happened so organically.

WERS: For the past albums you’ve made with Ryan and Don, you’ve gotten insanely good reviews. Does that make you nervous for the new album? Is that a tough bar to reach when you’ve been received so well so early on?

Sara: Well, that’s really sweet of you to say. (laughs) I, you know, I try not to worry about those things because people like what they like and you can’t really change it. I feel very fortunate that we’ve been received so well critically, but it’s actually something I haven’t been thinking of at all in terms of the critics liking it or not and how they’re gonna dissect it. There’s just so much to focus on when you’re in a band, the love of playing is so important.

WERS: Seems like a good policy to have.

Sara: Yeah, you can’t worry about it; it’ll just bog you down. You wanna create art, you know? Not everyone’s gonna be happy about it.

WERS: Is the new album a big departure from the first two albums?

Sara: In a way I think it’s sort of a return to a more focused writing style, similar to our first record, Fortunes. We focused our writing as a more personal statement than Life of Love [their second album], and this is more a personal reflection of a return to songwriting that I think might actually be more present on the first record. We wanted to produce it in a way that was just so clear. I hope that Reviver can really hit people, make ‘em feel.

WERS: Absolutely.

Sara: A lot of the drumming, the beats, all things we tried on the record have a lot to do with Don and his interest in–there’s a lot of urban movements, between living in New Orleans and working in a lot of late clubs in New York. You know, being from cities. I’d have to say that we’re definitely influenced by a lot of electronic and hip-hop music, just from our own town.

WERS: You’ve been touring and you’ll tour into the fall– any more plans to promote the album?

Sara: We have some things in the works for October and November. We have a music video coming up around the end of September.

WERS: We hope you come back to Boston, too!

Sara: We definitely will!

By Jamie Loftus

If you liked this, check out:
Dirty Projectors at the Paradise
David Longstreth Live In Studio

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