Mar 102006
 
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Chain D.L.K.: I think that everyone asked you about the band’s name but I’d like to ask: is it releated to something specific or is it something that had to give the idea of how your music sounds?
I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness: It is related to something specific. The name just seemed to make sense….

Chain D.L.K.: Three years have passed since your debut EP. Why did it take so long to release FEAR IS ON OUR SIDE?
I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness: We wanted to make sure our first full length record was recorded in an ideal situation with the right studio, right label, and right producer. All these were more important to us than rushing out a record that might not have been exactly what we wanted.

Chain D.L.K.: Can you tell something about the process of creating the album?
I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness: We were lucky to be able to borrow studio space from some friends, so we essentially outfitted the studio with our own and Paul’s equipment and recorded it there with him doing most of the engineering. We spent about 5 months on it.

Chain D.L.K.: The first thing that I noticed from listening to the new album is that the sound is different from the previous release. You know, guitars sound like one, sometimes the melodic line is done mainly by the vocals, bass guitar and drums are often processed. Does it sound like that because of Paul’s production or was it something you already wanted to reach?
I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness: A little of both I think. The record is a lot more authentic to what we sound like live, and with Paul’s help we were able to push it into darker and grittier territory than we might have otherwise.

Chain D.L.K.: The first time I listened to “According to Plan” I was amazed how it recalled me The Sound (an English band from the 80s). Is this the first time that someone told you this? What are your main influences?

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I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness: I think this is the first time I’ve heard that — I’m not familiar with them. Our influences are pretty diverse — a really brief list would have to include Savage Republic, Steel Pole Bathtub, Neil Young and Robert Wyatt.

Chain D.L.K.: Since your new sound is really rich (listen to “The Owl,” for example) and multi-layered (hear the different guitar lines that create a sort of drone). Have you already thought about how to create such a sound in a live concert?
I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness: This is fairly indicative of what we sound like live already, but there will be a few minor adjustments to play some of the newer songs.

Chain D.L.K.: What are the bands and the labels that in your opinion are worth a listen and why?
I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness: I’ve been really impressed with the way some of the American independent labels (like Secretly Canadian) have gotten their shit together during the last few years…. Bands, mostly local here in Austin, would be Sound Team, Voxtrot, The Sword, Steers…

Chain D.L.K.: Some tracks recall also some atmosphere a’ la Coldplay (even if I prefer yours because they sound darker and less mournful) and I think you’d deserve their success. Is your label thinking to something special about your promotion?
I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness: Good question… maybe!

Chain D.L.K.: Are you going to tour Europe anytime soon?
I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness: We are looking at coming over there this Fall.

Chain D.L.K.: Some of you guys were in bands such as Paul Newman, Glorium and Windsor For The Derby. What have been your past highlights and what are the things you’d like to think you brought into I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness from your previous experiences?
I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness: If you’re doing this stuff honestly, which I think we are, then all that is necessary to bring to a band is your damn self. Having previous experience with bands, recording and such certainly helps.Chain D.L.K.: Final thoughts?
I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness: Thank you.

Visit I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness on the web at:
www.chosendarkness.com

[interviewed by Maurizio Pustianaz] [proofreading by Benjamin Pike]