Lonnie Walker frontman Brian Corum explains the adventures and anxieties of making a debut, his band's These Times Old Times.
INDEPENDENT WEEKLY: What was the most challenging aspect of finishing These Times Old Times?
BRIAN CORUM: Everything is so new when making your first album, it's hard to know what the best method of recording is for certain songs. Song placement was a big pain. We also used a bunch of different studios to record, so I was worried about matching the sound of the album. I feel like every band kind of experiences that with their debut, but this can also add a real charm. I don't always think it's a bad thing to not know what the fuck is going on.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of finishing These Times Old Times, be it musical or through opportunities it's afforded your band?
Well, before this release, we didn't have anything to sell at our live shows which was a bummer. A few blogs I have contacted really responded well to the album, which is awesome. I just got a Christmas song I wrote on Ear Farm's charity compilation called Do you EAR what I EAR?. Working with Chester, BJ Burton, Ian and Jason in recording/mixing the album was great.
If you could change one thing about the record, what would it be?
It wouldn't do any good in telling anybody. I'm happy with how the album sounds.
And what's something about the record you find interesting that no one's pointed out?
I set the song order up so that the flow would sound really sick on vinyl. Of course, no one would know this because it wasn't released on vinyl, but maybe one day.
Try to limit yourself to one answer: What's your favorite local album of 2009, other than the one you made?
Americans in France, Pretzelvania.