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Tell me about your new record? I’ts called "A Real Good One" - I guess that means you’re happy with it?

A: Ooooh, I LOVE the new record! Yes! I’m happy as hell with it, I think it sounds great and really captures what we’re about. It rules! It’s my favorite thing we’ve done. It’s so good. We’re playing so well. It was fun working with Jim Diamond, he stayed out of our way and let us do our thing. We set up the studio so that I could sing and play guitar live with the band and it made all the difference. We recorded it in 3 days in Brooklyn and then I went to Detroit for two days and mixed it with Jim. It was so easy.

How did you end up on Gern Blandstein? It’s not really a garagerock/r’n'r label?

Gern kingpin, Charles Maggio is an old friend of mine. He called me up last October and asked if we’d like to do something. I knew that it was a strange and unexpected match up, and I kind of liked that. It’s good to shake up peoples preconceptions. Charles gets his records out there, and I want people to hear my band. That’s a good combo. He has an impeccable reputation among the bands on his label, a loyal fan base, and he really loves the Little Killers. So, Sara and I went to meet him down at a bar here in Brooklyn to talk about putting out a record. After two minutes I knew it was the right thing to do. Charles is a straight shooter, he’s been in bands, he’s toured, he knows the deal. He’s just a great guy, which I already knew being his friend, but I didn’t know anything about how he ran his label. It turns out he’s got his shit together.

Did Crypt consider putting out the new one or is Tim back in ‘never gonna put out a modern band again’-mood?

A: I don’t know, you’d have to ask Tim. There was a point after the first record came out where it became obvious to me that there wasn’t going to be a second one on Crypt. The relationship between the label and the band wasn’t the greatest. Don’t get me wrong I love Tim, we’re friends, we talk on the phone all the time. It’s kind of weird to talk about it because I don’t want to give people the wrong impression. I just think that it both parties were unsure of where they stood with each other from early on in the relationship. I’m really proud of the fact that Crypt put out the record. It was a big fuckin’ deal for a lot of people. ( It’s funny, Tim just called, the guy’s got great timing!)

How did your debut sell? Did it do okay?

A:Once again, you’d have to ask to Tim, I haven’t heard anything about sales in a while. From what I understand it did alright. It’s not like I don’t care, I don’t want anyone thinking “oh look at him, he’s taking a dig at Tim” beause I’m not. I really don’t know how it did.

What’re the plans for the foreseeable future?

A: It’s hard to tell, Kari’s coming back today from an extended trip across South East Asia, I haven’t seen her in 4 1/2 months. So we have to get together and practice a bit. I’m itchin’ to play. We haven’t played since we recorded in November.

Any tourplans for Europe?

A: Nothing planned. I wouldn’t mind doing a short one. We’ll see.

..for the US?

A: Same here, The US doesn’t really hold much of an attraction as far as touring goes. It’s big and ugly. But I wouldn’t mind a short trip here and there to drop in and see some friends.

Any new singles etc coming?

A: I don’t know, we’ve been so busy getting the album together we haven’t really thought about it. It’s been in the back of my mind for a couple of weeks actually, I just haven’t mentioned it to anyone.

What’s the NYC scene like these days?

A: Maybe it’s me, but it seems a little slow. That’s not bad, it’ll pick up soon.

Well, guess that’s it..what do you have to add?

A: I just want to thank everyone for all of their support and I hope that they like the new record. Play it LOUD!!!!

Associated time: Monday February 1 26 2007 11:00
Last update: Wednesday May 1 16 2007 14:50

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