Sometimes after a long night of drinking, a few musicans can grow closer and define themselves as a band. This is the case for punk-infused indie rockers Edward the Confessor. Every Monday evening is set aside to rehearse, and this blustery day is no exception. After a hard night's work, practice always concludes with chicken wings and Brandy 7s at neighboring restaurant, Eli's in Northeast.
Singers/guitarists Rob Burkhardt and Sean Hancock, drummer Nick Larsen, and bassist Dillon Marchus (who was jokingly renamed "Derek" after a misunderstanding) have called it an early practice in order to sit down with Gimme Noise.
Do you write all the songs together?
Rob: Sean and I write a fair amount of the ideas, Nick ruins 'em. Derek redeems them and we all get back on track.
Sean: In all seriousness, we all come from different spots. Rob wrote a lot in previous groups as a band. For the most part, the bands that Nick and I have played in, someone will come in with an entire song with an arrangement to the space and be like "This is how it goes, you can change this or that, but it's written." I think it's a little bit of both. We'll come in with the majority of an idea and build off it. It's half and half. And Dillon, I mean Derek, has free reign to do whatever he wants now.
Rob: Derek is a "multi-instrumentalist". He shapes the songs and brings in all kinds of crazy shit. It's awesome. We're going to make him play the French Horn soon.
Dillon aka Derek: I want to get a French Horn! I've never done that.
[A moment is taken for everyone to get over playing air French Horn]
Rob: Then Sean and I always argue about who's gonna sing because Sean sings loud and I can't sing as lo-
Sean: -- I cut like a knife!
Rob: Then we figure out who's going to write dark and twisted lyrics and go from there. We started out writing songs in Nick's living room before we had a space, before we had a bass player, before Derek joined the band.
What differences did you see in the creating of your first and newest EP?
Sean: If you listen to the first EP, it's definitely more straightforward rock music. I think we got a little more liberal with experimentation in the studio.
Nick: We used the studio as a tool.
Rob: Working with Zach [Hollander, The Pearl Recording Studio] opened up a lot of places. The first time we didn't know what we were really wanting to do and what he could do. So we laid it down true to what it was. But once we realized we could run with ideas and that space is so fantastic we just decided to keep going. The songs were mostly written [coming into the studio] but it felt like a good project to keep overdubbing on and seeing where it can go.
Dillon (aka Derek) is the latest addition to join the band. Do you feel like your sound will change for the better?
Rob: Come back in three hours and we'll still be shouting "DEREK!!" except by that time, we'll be falling out of the booth. But in all seriousness, what is really exciting is that he brings a natural understanding of what we're trying to do. He's got so much more skill [laughs]. Sean and Nick are skilled too. Nick understands how skilled he is. Sean doesn't understand how skilled he is, but he's intensely skilled. Derek understands how skilled he is, works hard to become that skilled on multiple instruments and actually tells us what we're playing. He talks about chords and Sean's like "I don't know chords!"
Sean: I don't know what notes are! What notes? Is that a dotted note? Like a full dot? A dot with a hole in the middle?
What is the idea behind all of the transitions on the EP?
I don't think it started out that we were building transitions into the EP. The other thing that Rob and I do are write these 20-second parts. At least the way that I write, I don't have a verse/chorus/verse or an idea that's from start to finish. Typically it's just a bass line or a guitar line that's just a 20-second snippet. Then I have a really hard time finishing that idea and Rob kind of has the same thing. I think what we wanted to do was document those parts and see what we could with it. We ended up spending an entire day just making noise and ambient sounds.
How did you name the EP Sorry Forever?
It's a mixture of laughing your way right before you're just about to fall apart. Dillon told us a sad story, so we kind of bonded with him right away. He's a really nice guy. He was talking and I was like, "Wow. I think I've been there." Maybe not the exact experience, but I know how that feels. I think in that process we were really talking about those really extreme emotional experiences and out came Sorry Forever