Indy: Your band became known for humorous song titles ("Just Kickin' It Like a Wild Donkey") and lighthearted lyrics. The latest CD, Menos El Oso, gets away from those trademarks.
CM: It was definitely a conscious decision, and just because there had been so much ink devoted to our titles. It was like, "All right, let's see if there's ink to be spilled elsewhere."
Indy: The new songs were only in sketchy form when recording began, and as a band, you guys basically arranged and developed the songs in the studio. Did that approach help?
CM: I think some of the songwriting is stronger. I think being able to have all of us involved in the recording process and the production process ... really [gave] it more of a sense that it was ours.
Indy: Many songs were looped, sampled and overdubbed. Any challenges playing them live?
CM: We honestly had no idea how some songs were going to translate. ... I'm really happy with what we've been able to do.
At Denver's Bluebird Theater on May 23.