Indy: The Its! have a new album coming out in the spring. It sounds a lot more melodic, almost retro. What's the reason for the change?
EQ: When the first record was written by [singer/guitarist] Maciej, it was written before [bassist] Nick and I were in the band. With this new record, for instance, the new songs are a lot more collaborative -- that's why the direction is a little bit different. It's a band that's writing the songs, instead of it all being "Mr. Polish." [laughs]
Indy: You've got other big things coming up, right?
EQ: We will be doing a anASCAP showcase at South by Southwest Music Festival. That's huge.
Indy: We're nearing the end of 2005 -- what's been a highlight for The Its!?
EQ: A year ago we were just starting to work on new material. This year, we did a re-release of the first record on our new label. Meeting new people, doing the whole college radio thing. South Park Music Festival, which was by far the best festival we played the whole year. Other than that, recording with Neil Ostrovsky of the Webb Brothers.
Indy: What's holding The Its! back from taking over the world?
EQ: In all honesty, Uncle Sam and his pocket of greenbacks. That's the one thing about being on an independent label [Chicago-based PWMD]. There's not a lot of money, but what they do have, it goes to us. We appreciate everything that comes our way.
-- Kara Luger