Although Undun is a little bit different
for the Roots—it’s your first concept
album—what’s the songwriting process
usually like for you guys?
The way the Roots operates in the studio
and in a live format is completely different. We stretch out more, live—we’re putting on a show. The album is a more cerebral experience. The studio itself is a member of the band. We’ve gotten more collaborative as a result of doing The Jimmy
Fallon Show, and that’s made us more of a
cohesive band and created an opportunity
for real-time interaction to make its way
onto the record. But still, at the end of the
day, to put together a cerebral experience
for the listener, the studio itself is more of
a member of the band.
So are you saying that being able to create a vibe with various studio treatments
is just as important as the instrumentation? For instance, Undun is very atmospheric, with lots of piano and strings.
Yeah, I mean, it’s whatever suits the song.
The guitar is very sparse on this album, but
FEATURE > KIRK DOUGLAS The Captain makes his custom Les Paul sing at he Fox Theatre in St. Louis. Photo by Todd Owyoung
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