Sixty Seconds 

with Dave Bielanko frontman for Marah

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Indy: What prompted a Christmas album?

DB: We really like Christmas. We grew up on the East Coast without a lot of money, so Christmas represented a lot to us. Plus, I'm a huge fan of singers like Frank Sinatra. It was something we really wanted to do.

Indy: Some of the songs on If You Didn't Laugh You'd Cry, your other new album, are first takes. How did you come to decide on a spontaneous feel for the record?

DB: Usually you write a song and make one compromise after another, so I think the best thing to do is to do it as quickly as possible. We wanted songs that were small in scope, about what we do day to day. It's not cinematic or grand, but it'll take on a life of its own. It's real personal. Right down to the album artwork, we wanted to make it seem like it was something that came straight from us.

Indy: "The Dishwasher's Dream," from that album, is about someone with a shit job. Ever have one of those?

DB: The book Kitchen Confidential inspired that song. We've all had really shitty jobs, we've all washed dishes, we've all had a job where there's absolutely no room to move forward. It's really easy to see yourself in a song like that.

-- Eric Phillips


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