"Two Conversations" is The Appleseed Cast's sixth album and Chris Crisci, the band's lead singer and guitarist says the band took a fresh direction in creating this new album. Crisci explains, ? We came up with the lyrical direction of the songs before we did anything else. We knew the song titles before we started writing the music.? This is a new approach for Crisci who says, ?Normally we'd write the music first and I'd plug the lyrics in later.? The new approach to song writing generated a process that was ?fun and interesting? for the band. Crisci says, ? We knew the direction of the story and we tried to capture the feeling for each song.?
The album has a number of different themes that tie it together, says Crisci, " There are two stories and a statement on the album." The two stories examine the nature of relationships and love as well as making a broader statement about the world. Crisci explains, " The first five songs on the album are one story. Its fictionalized but it has elements from different relationships. It's a story about a couple slowly breaking apart. The songs progressively show the relationship falling apart. There's also a lot of political imagery in the first five songs." The second story that "Two Conversations" tells is about a relationship that's over but emphasizes the point that, " finding friendship is valuable and sometimes more important than romance" according to Crisci.
Crisci says that the political message on this album was driven by the recent actions of the Bush administration in the United States, " It's the repealing of our civil liberties that's the most scary part of the Bush administration. Bush is ruining America's good name (not that it was that great to begin with) in the rest of the world," Crisci said.
"Two Conversations" continues with the atmospheric, textured sound full of feedback that has always existed with The Appleseed Cast. Crisci explains, "We do some tracks that are entirely feedback tracks. There's lots of delay and feedback." Crisci doesn't want to put the new album's sound in a box but he describes it as "atmospheric rock".
The producer of "Two Conversations" is the veteran Ed Rose who produced albums for the Get Up Kids and also the last three albums for The Appleseed Cast. Crisci says, " He knows what needs to be done to get a particular sound but he's also totally willing to give us artistic license. " Crisci says that Rose is a large part of the album's sound.
As per usual for a band known to be " endlessly touring" The Appleseed Cast has an ambitious schedule after the release of "Two Conversations". Crisci says, " We'll be on the road until November if we can swing it. We're doing the entire US. We're doing Canada next year, then Europe and hopefully Japan which would be cool because we've never been there."
While it hasn't influenced the direction of the music Crisci says the band signing to TigerStyle Records is a positive change. Crisci says, " Its great to have a label that doesn't control what you do musically. They let us say what we want to say. They also have more of the business side that we like. "
But what truly brings "Two Conversations" its new energy and drive is the good relationship of the band members. Crisci says, " I felt really good working on this album. We worked together really well as a band. The writing came together smoothly. I think we're getting along as people better than we have been in the past few years."