CHINA SHOP MAGAZINE
Music Lit Teams Up With Butch Walker: This is How Awesome is Made
January 2, 2012 - 1:20 pm
If your car is in
the front yard, and you’re sleeping with your clothes on, then
you know what I’m talking about when I say its time to get LIT.
I asked A.Jay Popoff what
his inspiration is for the new songs? His reply – “It’s
therapeutic if anything. This record is a lot more introspective.”
And that’s saying a lot. It’s been 7 years since their last
album release and the band has had multiple divorces, a wedding, family
trauma, and of course the worst of it was losing beloved drummer, Allen
Shellenberger to brain cancer in August of 2009.
The thing that strikes me about the way they work is unlike anything I have personally experienced. I have always found that in every band there is one member that holds the biggest “NO” in the room. There is one guy who keeps a tight reign on the final say, creatively, musically, someone takes the lead. But with Lit, they all work the songs until each member is 100% happy with it. They all have an equal say. A. Jay told me that although he might be the voice of the band, he feels like he represents all of them. And he takes that seriously.
Bass player Kevin Baldes
sits down beside me bounding with energy. He tells me they just signed
a deal with MegaForce Records, which is home to such greats as Anthrax,
Bad Brains, the Meat Puppets and more. One incredibly positive conference
call with label owner, Marsha Zazula and they were sold that it was
the right fit for them. Kevin has been entertaining himself these past
5 years with side project Good Man Down, which recently came to an end.
He’s back to being fully focused on Lit and freshly inspired by
the new sense of life in this band who’s been together 22 years.
No small feat.
There is a mix of Bourbon and Wine scattered throughout the control room and you can tell that the boys are more likely to sip than to smash through the alcohol on hand. Just a little something to keep it mellow, or celebrate a job well done. I wouldn’t say, long gone are the days of Jager bombs, but when its time to work, the work comes first.
Lastly I had a chance to
really pick the brain of Jeremy Popoff. Super excited about the new
label, the new bandmates, and the new songs, Jeremy’s anticipating
a big return for Lit. He tells me this record represents the results
of a lot of life happening. It wasn’t by choice that they took
so long to get back into the studio, but they’ve grown up a lot.
Their perspectives have changed so much. “When you are a Dad,
being a Dad has to be your No.#1 priority. I would have loved to put
an album out 3 years ago, but Al got sick. I know that everyone says
this when they are working on something new, but honestly I feel like
this is the very best record we’ve done yet.”
“There is a sense of
everyone being successful on their own, humility and calm. We shed enough
of the bullshit over the years. It kind of makes you look around the
room and realize we’re still standing and we’re still doing
it. We’re still laughing. At this point, nobody’s gonna
be able to do anything to us that we haven’t be through before.”Jeremy
has that rare and awesome quality of a man who knows exactly who he
is. To quote a line from one of their new songs, “You can’t
break the broken.”