|Photo by Jess Ekstrand|
|Matt O'Brien, Alex Young, Danny O'Brien, DJ House|
On one of the last snowy days in the spring of 2013, Minneapolis band the Farewell Circuit is gathered in their practice space for rehearsal and some beers. The camaraderie in the room is palpable as they open drinks and get settled in; it's hard to get a word in between the four members as they toss around jokes and share their weekend happenings. Lead singer Danny O'Brien passes his phone to his bandmates, sharing photos from a friend's wedding in Milwaukee where he was doing duties as a photographer. "Did you take all of their photos on your phone, Danny?" someone asks him. He quips, "Yeah, when people ask me where my gear is, I pull out my phone and say, 'Here it is.'"
Since the release of In Our Bones
in late 2011, the band has gone through a lineup change with the addition of drummer Alex Young and bassist Matt O'Brien -- no relation to Danny -- to the already established members, guitarist DJ House and Danny. It was an easy transition, for they all ran in the same circles already, but the dynamic is noticeable on the new record, We Were Wolves
. Recorded live, the album feels more raw, yet still draws from the delicate vulnerability that Danny exposed on In Our Bones
Gimme Noise sat down and spoke with the four members before their release show at Icehouse on Friday to get their views on the new album and their favorite producer.