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with Cory Murchy, Minus The Bear bassist

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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.

Alan Sculley

At Denver's Bluebird Theater on May 23.

  • with Cory Murchy, Minus The Bear bassist

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