Since relocating to Durham, Dan Melchior has been as prolific as the bulk of the material he has produced has been strong. Here, he talks about the very long-playing LP Thankyou Very Much.
INDEPENDENT WEEKLY: What was the most challenging aspect of finishing Thankyou Very Much?
DAN MELCHIOR: It wasn't really very challenging, to be honest. I record a lot of stuff, so maybe the main challenge is trying to weed out the good ones from the weak ones. I think it's best to let things sit around for a while before you send them off, as a bit of time seems to give you some perspective.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of finishing Thankyou Very Much, be it musical or through opportunities it's afforded your band?
It is always rewarding to finish a project and then have it be appreciated by people. I particularly like it when someone picks up on something in a lyric that I thought was hopelessly obscure, or submerged. That happened a fair bit with this one. It's the way I like to communicate.
If you could change one thing about the record, what would it be?
I would have my name spelled right on the spine! It was my fault, too!
And what's something about the record you find interesting that no one's pointed out?
I'm always surprised by how much some people still go on about Billy Childish when reviewing my music. It has been noted (to some degree) that my music has changed over the years, but it's interesting to me that a lot of people don't seem to notice how strong the break is. I don't necessarily go out of my way to avoid being "garagey," but I'm not a big fan of that music, and I like to think what I do is a little more adventurous.
Try to limit yourself to one answer: What's your favorite local album of 2009, other than the one you made?
I like the song "Trouble" on the Spider Bags album Goodbye Cruel World, Hello Crueler World a lot.