Interview | Sherwood


October 24, 2009
By: Desiree Fernandez & Megan Washington
Label: Myspace Records
Video Interview: Available here.

* What were some of the inspirations that you guys focused on while creating QU?
Joe:
Between the five of us, we listen to a wide variety of music. Everyone brings something to the table creatively, which results in a wide variety of songs on the album. Inspiration for songs comes from many places. One of the songs was based on a movie we watched. Some songs are autobiographical and some are fiction. There’s not one singular inspiration for the whole record.

* Brad Wood produced your new album. What do you feel he brought to the new record that another producer could not?
Joe:
We’ve worked with several other producers in the past; we’ve always been fortunate enough to work with renowned people. When it came time to pick a producer for QU, Brad Wood had expressed interest. After talking to him and taking stock of all the great albums he’s made over the years we decided that his approach was exactly what we were looking for — impressive-sounding, but not overly slick; organic, but not lo-fi. Plus, he’s just a great guy to hang out with.

* AP gave your album four stars at a time when some of their readers have mentioned that AP has been exceptionally hard on a lot of the great albums that have been coming out this year. Do you guys pay attention to the album reviews? How seriously do you take them?
Joe:
We see a lot of reviews, but only really pay attention to the bigger publications. Some random guy with a music review blog is entitled to his opinion, but there’s a reason that only a few dozen people are reading his work while millions of people are reading someone else whose opinion is much more relevant and insightful. We obviously love the ego stroke of a good review, but we don’t give publications much credence.

* What are the bands plans to finish out the year?
Joe:
Our guitarist Dan is getting married next month, then we’ll do some radio promotion work on the west coast, then enjoy Christmas with our families. We’ll start touring again in late January.

* If you could pick one song that has been your guilty pleasure during this tour, which one song would that be?
Joe:
I’ve been listening to a lot of old DC Talk on this tour; they’re a band that I grew up listening to. In particular I’ve been enjoying a lot of their third album, 1992’s Free At Last. The title track is really outstanding. I don’t normally listen to a lot of hip-hop, but they mixed in a lot of brilliant gospel choir arrangements and quirky sampling. Still impressive 17 years later.

* What would you like to tell your fans?
Joe:
Thanks for supporting us! We wouldn’t be doing this without you. Check out www.takethewalk.net It’s the website for the charity walk that we do with Hanson everyday on this tour. It’s a great cause and Sherwood fully supports it.