The Corin Tucker Band will be among more than 70 acts appearing at DeLuna Fest. / Special to GoPensacola.com
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Corin Tucker has been recording music for the better part of two decades. Best known as the singer and guitarist for the legendary indie-rock group Sleater-Kinney, 39-year-old Tucker recorded the first album under her own name two years ago. In September, The Corin Tucker Band will release ďKill My Blues,Ē a collection of classic-sounding garage and punk rock.
The Corin Tucker Band will play at DeLuna Fest as part of its month-long tour supporting the album. In a phone interview from Portland, Tucker said she and the band took a long time with the new album and said the tour is the longest one she has done in a while.
Q: Have you ever been to Pensacola before?
A: I donít think I have. Iím excited to see it.
Q: Where does your family go on vacation during the summer?
A: Sometimes we go to the Oregon coast, which is really beautiful but very different, Iím sure, than the Florida coast.
Q: What kind of places do you usually play?
A: Itís usually really small clubs, but occasionally we play festivals. We played a number of Portland festivals and street fairs. We played the Rose Festival, which is our Portland city-wide festival that happens downtown, a couple of years in a row.
(DeLuna Fest) will be one of the first bigger festivals The Corin Tucker Band has played. Weíre excited about it.
Q: Has it been a building process this time? You were in Sleater-Kinney before, how is it to start from scratch?
A: I think that thereís plenty of people that are just hearing about us just now, with the new record we have coming out. So itís nice that people are kind of getting excited about it before we leave on this tour.
Q: I like new album. The press release says it harkens back to the ďriot grrrlĒ sound. Do you agree with that?
A: I think that may be talking more about some of the lyrics.
In terms of the sound of the record, we kind of wanted to make a dancier record than the last album we made. We noticed that when people came to our shows, they really wanted to move around and they were dancing during the acoustic songs. We thought, Ďhuh. OK, maybe we should have written some things that were a little more upbeat.Ē
So we made an effort with this record to write things so people could get out and dance to it.
Q: When you say ďwe,Ē is it a collaborative process or do you bring the songs to the band?
A: Itís definitely collaborative. For this record, it was much more collaborative than the last one.
I usually bring some things, parts of the song in, like a guitar line and maybe a vocal idea. And then we work with the rest of the band to build on that idea and turn them into different things.
Q: How long did you rehearse and get everything figured out before you recorded it?
A: We really worked on it for about a year. We went out and toured in 2010. Then, at the end of 2010, we started writing.
In 2011, we really wrote that whole year and started recording in August of 2011. We didnít finish this record until May. So we took our time for sure.
Q: This one doesnít sound as labored over as last one. The last one was a little lusher. This one sounds a lot looser, but it took nine months to make a record that sounded loose. Was it a live in the studio, or were there a lot of overdubs?
A: We kind of pieced it together. Thatís kind of how this band has worked, because we all have a lot going on. Most of us have families and other bands.
We mostly work at (band member) Seth (Lorincziís) house, where his recording studio is. So weíll get a chunk of time to work at Sethís house and we worked on a few of the songs there. And Seth loves to labor over things on his computer and add weird sounds and do all kinds of cool things to do it.
We came back for another session in the winter of 2012. I think that we have a looseness of jamming as a band, which is really fun, but we did take our time recording things and sometimes even re-recording things until we really got what we wanted.
Q: Youíre doing a month on this tour. How long does a month feel if youíre on the road?
A: I havenít done a month in a really long time. So I donít know, but it will be kind of interesting, with what itís like now with my life and my age. I think weíll be really busy.
There arenít really any days off. Weíll be just driving across the country. But I think we all really enjoy playing together and are grateful for this opportunity to play together, so I think it will be fun.
Q: Why havenít you done much of a tour in the last couple of years?
A: I have two kids. I mostly like to stay home and be a mom to them. But theyíre a little bit older now and I think theyíre more ready, more independent and in school. Itís just more feasible for me to do a little bit longer of a tour.
Q: Most people I know work a 40-hour-a-week job. What is the life of a musician that can take some time off?
A: Well, I actually have a part-time job. So I do work, I work about 20 hours a week at a regular web-development marketing-type job that Iím really fortunate to have. And that has been just a really nice kind of balance to do that and to be able to do some music.
As I said, we work really slowly with The Corin Tucker Band. The pace is really different. We havenít made much money. Itís a different situation, but itís good. Itís about being able to be able with your kids when theyíre young. Thatís a really important thing to be able to do.
Q: Anything else after this month of touring?
A: Iím not sure right now. I think this tour will be a huge commitment for this band. Iím happy and proud that weíre doing this. I think itíll be a lot for our lives and it will be an accomplishment.
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