Lagwagon’s forthcoming new record, Railer, is reminiscent of their work from the ‘90s, and it’s a sound that frontman Joey Cape found again by forcing himself to employ a different type of songwriting technique.
Speaking with The Music ahead of the album's release, Cape said that Railer was penned in just a couple of weeks.
“I was scared, I thought, ‘Oh my god, this is happening so fast,’” he said.
“And then we set a recording day and I was really worried that it was not going to come out right or not feel like it had gotten enough attention, and sort of the opposite happened…sometimes when you let go and start at the core, it’s natural and it feels right.”
It received a better reaction from Cape's bandmates than 2014’s Hang, which he spent a lot more time working on.
“It was so weird because the reaction I got from the band was more positive and more excited and more enthusiastic than the last record, Hang, which I spent like two years on; I really worked hard on the lyrics and everything and threw out a million songs. This time it was like, ‘I’m writing a song, put it aside, I’ll work on lyrics later. I’m writing another song.’
“Then we started working on the stuff and I thought, ‘I’ve been doing everything wrong, I’ve got to do this from now on. It may be a fluke – I might try to do that again, and it doesn’t work, I don’t know yet, but I’m stoked right now.”
Lagwagon will release Railer on October 4 before venturing to Australia next March.
Check out theGuide for all the details and keep an eye out for The Music’s full chat with Cape in the coming weeks.
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