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Published: 2014/08/08
by Sam D'Arcangelo

Electric Forest Reflections with The String Cheese Incident

The new album, Song in My Head, is fantastic. How’s the response been?

Nershi: It’s been a pretty positive response. I’ve heard a lot of people say it’s their favorite String Cheese album yet, you know. So that’s cool to hear after making seven albums or something like that.

What was it like working with Jerry Harrison (of the Talking Heads)? Does he have his fingerprints all over the album? What does he bring to the table?

Kang: Well it’s a little different because Jerry stepped in once we’d already picked a lot of stuff, and he wasn’t there right from the beginning. Although him being there definitely—he put his fingerprints on it— but I think in some ways what made it successful was there was already a strong imprint of what we wanted to sound like beforehand. He didn’t really fuck with that too much, which is probably why we’re so happy with it. It was kind of organic. Sometimes a producer will get an idea of how they want the band to sound and the band’s just sitting there like, “We’re supposed to sound like what?” But it was cool, and he definitely had creative input.

Hann: The way him and his engineer, ET, work together, they just trust each other’s instincts. ET, I thought he had great ears on him. Like, “Yes, let’s keep that. No, we gotta do that over again.” But it really felt like he was honest about it, and when Jerry saw that he had an opinion about something, he would be like, “Yeah, go ET.”

You guys have been debuting a number of songs this summer and Kyle was also telling me the other day that you’ve got some new material. Is there another album in the works?

Kang: You know, we’ve never really been the kind of band that goes into the studio and writes a bunch of tunes. We tend to, for better or for worse, work it out on the road. So even the songs on the last album, most of them had been played out quite a bit first to work out the kinks. So, we’d like to record them, and maybe one of these days we’ll actually record songs before we play them live. But that doesn’t seem to be how we do it, we tend to work things out on the road and see how it works.

Nershi: We’re just so excited about when we have new material, that we wanna play it live pretty much as soon as we feel it’s up and running.. And the funny thing about making that album was, about a month after we had finished that album, or after the album came out, we had five new songs beyond what was on the album. Everybody was like “Oh, now I have all these other new ideas,” and really—making the album, getting that stuff down—I think it helped clear the table for more new material to come out.

Sam: Speaking of new material, I’ve noticed that Jason and Travis have been switching up on the drums for some of the new songs What’s up with that?

Nershi: Travis gets tired.

Kang: Now that he’s 68.

[Laughter]

Hann: His hair’s so grey it’s turning black again.

Travis: I think, to address the original question, that Jason and I have both different styles on two different stations, and sometimes it just feels more appropriate to switch up to get a new flavor because we’re both versed at either. So it’s just fun to just give it a little kick in the pants.

So Suwannee Hulaween is returning this year. Is this shaping up to be something of a tradition from now on?

Moseley: Hope so, yeah. Worked so great last year. That’s the plan.

Nershi: Annual event!

Hann: The way that that place is set up, it like it could grow the same way Electric Forest has grown. It seems like it could really be that in Suwannee, with the way they treat the swamps down there and the amazing moss covered trees. The setting down there’s quite a bit different, but its just as lush, and has the same kind of potential as the forest.

I’ve also noticed there’s no Horning’s this year either. Is there a reason for that?

Moseley: Let’s just say we’re taking a break from it for now. Maybe we’ll go back. Who knows?

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Phil August 10, 2014, 08:21:20

Please stop with the shaky hand-held phone videos. It is so incredibly bad to watch. The constant shake makes me physically nauseous, car sickness. It is completely un-professional. A simple monopod or tripod would fix this issue. I was there at this show. I now I think ‘ geez, everyone pays good money to have to stare at your display that interrupts our view of the show.’ It is so incredibly rule to those around you and akin to stealing from the artist. Just because ‘everyone does it’, isn’t an excuse. Please attempt some touristic professionalism.

Voracious Tiktaalik August 11, 2014, 12:47:43

After reading this interview, I still don’t know why they did this. It seems like nobody in either band really gave a shit about it. If the entire Incident is like what is in that crappy ass video up top, then it sucked. Hard. And that is coming from a huge SCI fan. Advice to the boys in the future: keep your collaborations to those people who you really want to play with, or else just don’t do them. This one made no sense and apparently was done without real desire or enthusiasm from anyone involved.

woodse301 August 11, 2014, 13:13:26

was there not a great show she would be better with the marleys not impressive and yes she was late !!! could have done a much better job the other 2 set where great just not this one sorry guys !!

Eric August 11, 2014, 13:23:28

Me and my entire group (also huge SCI fans) loved the show. I don’t know how you can say neither band cared about it, they played for over an hour and I danced my ass off. The Beatles cover was beautiful. The internet is always so negative about anything that doesn’t fit their narrow definition of “good” – need to take a page out of SCI’s book and realize that different is good too, outside your comfort show is good. This was a great show and a great night.

Blah August 11, 2014, 14:02:05

The video above doesn’t do it justice at all. The whole Lauryn Hill thing really was phenomenal. Speaking of video, we need to get some HD videos or a soundboard recording of this show up. There was the same problem with the Zac Brown Incident too….What gives? The people want to hear it!

Hubbabubba August 11, 2014, 15:15:23

It was the coolest concert I have ever seen. That set made my festival! It was like no other string cheese show… Amazing visuals like ive never seen… and amazing versions of song I’ve never heard to go along. Everyone was having a blast. No way can you judge how awesome this set was by a video. Once in a lifetime expierience!

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