Glos

Silent Uproar: How are you? You sound kind of sick.

Cornbread Compton: I'm sick as shit right now, it's no fun.

SU: But...

Cornbread: Oh god! How are you doing?

SU: Pretty good. Are you at home or you are on the road somewhere?

Cornbread: I'm at home right now.

SU: That sucks you're so sick, though, you sound horrible.

Cornbread: Yes, I think it's going around all of Los Angeles right now. Many of the people I've talked to have had this thing.

SU: In terms of this project how did the name come about?

Cornbread: The name came about – it was something that Keeley had thought of. We were in Europe when we thought of it. I think at the time we were writing all these songs there and we were totally in this weird mindset. I guess the attachment of the name is that it was this weird thing that was new and didn't really have a meaning.

SU: Right.

Cornbread: You know. So, it was just something that was new and refreshing to us. Having had, you know, Engine Down for eight years and it was like aesthetically pleasing, you could do a lot with it design-wise, which was a big thing for Keeley and myself. So, that's kind of how it came up and it doesn't, as far as I know, really mean anything to us.

SU: Do you consider this project kind of – I know you've been working on it for a while – but is it kind of considered a one-off all thing or do you think there will be more music to come at some point down the road?

Cornbread: No, we actually have already started writing for our new album. I mean, Keeley and I are always [passing around] songs – you know, it's one of those things where the album came out, we worked on it for so long and when it actually came out, we said: really, damn, that's right we did an album. Then, we have this band and it's awesome and there's a lot of exciting [albums] right now. So, we said let's write [another] one.

SU: So, even though it just came out, in some respects it already feels old?

Cornbread: It does a little bit, it does a little bit. There's been so much going on within the past year. I mean, obviously, we are paying attention to [Harmonium]. But, Keeley and I have so much going on, it's easy to forget about it, in a way. You're affected by so much other stuff, but it hasn't been in the public's eye at all and it's just like a older thing for us. Since, [Harmonium] is what people are going hear now, it has turned it into something new still.

SU: Right.

Cornbread: It still feels old, but new to me.

SU: Are there any plans at any point to try and tour around Harmonium?

Cornbread: It wasn't until Keeley was playing here last month [until we said] it would be awesome if we actually could play a few shows. We wouldn't do it as a tour, but there would be just a couple [one-off shows].

SU: You have been in various bands with Keeley for a long time and have been friends for a long time. How did you approach this project differently than something for, say, Engine Down?

Cornbread: Well, it had to be filtered through less people. It was a more immediate kind of it. It wasn't like Keeley and I going in and jamming out on a part until midnight.

SU: Right.

Cornbread: You know, with Jason and Jonathan, the other two members of Engine Down, I was just limited to drums.

With Glos, on a couple of the songs I wrote the guitar, bass and drums. Then, I just sent it to [Keeley] and he put on vocals and guitar. It's not a limiting thing and you don't have a formula set down Since the band is new, there wasn't a sound and we didn't have to think about a fan base, so we could do whatever and I was not really limited. I didn't turn down anything, musically.

SU: With you being physically located in different parts of the country, did that make recording process tough?

Cornbread: It was definitely interesting, but that was one of the fun things about it for us. Since we did it all ourselves, it was fun to be able to work on it and then send it off to Internet land. I liked waiting to hear back and it was cool to get a new attachment on an email to see what [Keeley had] done. It was a lot easier, because it's not like we had a budget to go to a studio and record [in a limited time].

So, it's not like we have to get it done by this time. It was like: I'm going to do the drums today or I'm planning to do this song. Or, what's the BPM of that song, so I can work on my tracks? It was all on our own time, which is good.

SU: If that wasn't something you were able to do, do you think album would have ever come together? Do you think you would have found a way to put the album together?

Cornbread: I don't know. It's hard to say. That's a tough question, because it's hard to even think about that technology not being around – it's been around for so long. It's like if you didn't have a cell phone. I couldn't even imagine it not being there.

And, I guess Keeley and I are both – we're pretty savvy with computers – so, it wasn't that hard for us to do it.

SU: When you were putting together the final versions to send off as masters, did both of you work on that in a studio?

Cornbread: No, Keeley mixed it all. I just gave him all my master tracks. We sent that off to [T.J. Lipple] at Inner Ear and he mastered it.

SU: Even though the technology has been around the process still seems new and interesting to me. It's cool that all the members can be spread around the country, they can do their parts on their own computer, then the master tracks are assembled and you have an album.

Cornbread: Definitely. The last [Engine Down] album was pretty produced sounding, so we wanted to really go far away from that and just do something really raw sounding. So, being able to do it ourselves and not have a huge budget or anything was really appealing to us.

I don't even know last time I listened to a CD that was really produced. So, I really can't listen to shit like that anymore. I don't want it crackly quality, but just not too slick.

SU: It's easy to make it slick, but it's nice to hear something a little less polished.

Cornbread: Yes, exactly.

SU: In terms of promoting the music and getting it out there to people, how is your approach different than something you would typically have done?

Cornbread: The fact is that we weren't going to tour on it or have a big push for it. We had talked a long time about maybe just it putting out ourselves on iTunes and CD Baby – just having it be an Internet thing only, because we just didn't see the point and the record industry is doing so horribly right now.

But, we started talking to Brian Lowit. And we just always loved working with him. We decided it really made sense, because he was excited about it – just to actually put it out, get it out there and just try to take it a step further.

SU: So, it just naturally kind of happened?

Cornbread: Yes, it was just something that naturally happened.

SU: What would make you consider this project a success?

Cornbread: To be honest, just having it out is the best. It's all that I really wanted. After we decided we weren't going to do [Engine Down] anymore, it was kind of upsetting to think that those songs weren't going to get used. It was like, we've been working three years on this shit.

[Keeley] and I are beyond all the people that I have played with. We have like a really, really obscene connection to one another. Our tastes are so similar and it's almost like we understand each other with having to communicate anything. So, it's really easy for us.

So, having it be a success was just being able to finish it and put it out. When I first stared, all I wanted to do was put out a 7-inch. When I did that, then it was like all I wanted to do is play New York. Then, it became playing the whole US. So, it grows in bits and pieces. With, Glos all I wanted to do was get it out. But, now I'm already excited about these two new songs we have written, because I think new album is going to be great.

SU: From what I understand, you and Keeley wrote the record and then had Maura [Davis] come in and lay some vocals on top of some of the songs. What made you decide to add that additional layer?

Cornbread: We just wanted to work with her, because I'm really close with her and Keeley is obviously close with her. And we though there were a couple of songs that really could have used something else, like a different voice. As well, there were a couple of songs where the vocals are kind of conversation.

It's really like old Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg songs. These two people that have a relationship beyond the music. But then they come in and are singing together. They start with a few songs and then it's like: what have you got for this? I'd send [Maura] this song and see what she can do. If it works, it works. If it doesn't, it doesn't.

SU: What are the projects that you're working on? Can we expect a rap album sometime soon from you?

Cornbread: [Laughs] No rap.

SU: I think we have all heard the rap.

Cornbread: No rapping, as of yet.

SU: No Comrade Compton release anywhere?

Cornbread: I have been doing drums for this band called Heavens.

SU: Right.

Cornbread: Actually, I was talking to [Joe Steinbrick] last night about working on a whole new album. So, we'll probably be writing in the future.

SU: Did you join [Heavens] after they had already had their album done?

Cornbread: I was moving to LA, I did a tour with this band called Thieves Like Us and that was [Joe Steinbrick] from Heavens. I knew all the three people who were in the band, I just did drums for them and I was going out with [Alkaline Trio]. He had this album and it was actually called something different at the time.

I wanted to get out of Richmond, I just wanted to get our Richmond. [Joe] was like, you should come to Los Angeles. And I was like, that sounds berserk, I'll do it.

Then, I basically moved in with him and his wife. Then, I met the engineer of that album and he said that I should try to do drums on some songs to try and make it punchier. Then I ended up playing on the entire thing.

So, I have been touring with them and I am doing drums for Cursive in May.

SU: Really?

Cornbread: And their tour with Mastodon. Yes, I am going to Japan with them and going on that Mastodon tour. I am playing drums for Cursive.

SU: Sounds fun.

Cornbread: That should be fun, yes. Also, Maura, Joe and I, we do a lot of commercial work. I pretty much don't ever get a break from doing stuff like that. So, it's like we do commercial stuff, we do little things for MTV shows and crap like that.

So, it's been really good and it's been really busy. Also, Joe and I have another band called Thieves Like Us, but it's now going to be called Come Together. We're going to start recording our full-length, probably when I get back from the Cursive tour, which will be in June.

That will be another thing we'll probably do at a studio here and will be on a low budget.

SU: Sounds like you are going to be pretty busy.

Cornbread: Yes, it's looking good.

Nov 16 2007