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with Eric Allen, The Apples In Stereo bassist

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Indy: Your great new CD, New Magnetic Wonder, was five years in the making. It's a sharply crafted, musically diverse and sonically detailed album. Did the new CD turn out better because of the time invested?

EA: We really got to spend a lot of time listening to rough mixes and kind of stuff that was unfinished, and it just sort of germinated. I think if we had the money to crank the album out in two months, I don't think it would be nearly as rich as it is now.

Indy: One factor in the five-year gap between New Magnetic Wonder and the previous CD, Velocity of Sound, was the divorce of frontman Robert Schneider and drummer Hilarie Sydney. She just recently left the band. Was the divorce much of a disruption for you all?

EA: I think they did really well with it for a while, and certainly a lot better than I would have done under the circumstances. But, yeah, I think they're both in a really good place now and happy with their lives, and it's just kind of natural for Hilarie to separate from the band.

Indy: You've added two keyboardists, Bill Doss and John Ferguson, and have a new drummer, John Dufilho. How has this changed the Apples as a live band?

EA: In a way, it makes me kind of feel like I'm in a new band, which I like feeling, actually, because it will kind of break you out of some of your comfort areas and make you think about things differently than you have in a while.

At Denver's Bluebird Theater, April 1.

  • with Eric Allen, The Apples In Stereo bassist

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