So you feel hindered by the cult band label?
Well I think it’s a strange thing, I feel like we got tagged as just a weird band early on and I think it might have kept people away. I mean sure we do some different things but I think its just off-kilter pop music. I mean, that’s how I see it, but you know as long as new people keep leaking in we’re lucky.
You know, full disclosure, unfortunately I’m not finding the cure for cancer. I’m lucky I get to write songs and people come out and can enjoy them and I enjoy playing them, so I’m very fortunate. We’d like to have more people come to our shows, we’re very fortunate people come to our shows and we’re psyched about it, but it’s a constant hustle because if you don’t have a new record you can’t tour and yadda yadda yadda.
So we’re just trying to let this next record evolve as it evolves without feeling the need to just crush it immediately [and] put something out, you know? We don’t want to do a disservice to the songs we’ve been working on. I mean, I wrote a solo record. I just finished that, I’ve been working on that all year, so.
Is your creative process different between those three outlets? If you think of a new melody or lyric how do you know which project you want to slot that into?
Well I never wanted to make a solo record, it seemed like a good time to just try it. My process of writing’s not any different than writing for Man Man. Mister Heavenly its easier because there’s another songwriter there with me, you know? If I hit a wall lyrically Nick can pick up the slack and vice versa. In Man Man if I hit a wall lyrically I gotta pick up the slack [laughs] and it becomes a little bit more arduous. It’s one of those things where I don’t feel like I’m unique in this, but after I finish a record I forget how to write songs and then it’s a process of relearning how to write songs, and then the double-edged nature of that is relearning to write songs but trying not to rewrite the same songs you’ve already written. I would think it would get easier as I get older but it just gets harder.
What can you tell us about the solo record? How does it differ from Man Man?
Well I’ve been living in LA now for a couple years so that definitely seeps in. Wherever I live and what’s going on in my life always filters its way somehow into the music so it’s definitely an LA-vibing record.
Any idea of a release date?
No, I just finished recording it so now its getting mixed and my buddy Cyrus produced it and it sounds amazing. I’m psyched about it but now I have to go through the whole rigmarole of do I find a label, does a label even give a shit, do kids give a shit, do I self release it, does it even matter anymore, you know? Gotta put together a band for it, so we’ll see.
Will there be a tour for that?
Oh yeah, [but] I wouldn’t play those songs with Man Man.
So no Six Demon Bag / solo tour?
No, fuck that! [Laughs] I wouldn’t be able to speak ever again, it’s hard enough singing Man Man songs!
Yeah I noticed you have that in your Twitter bio, “Destroying my Throat One Album at a Time.” Is that a real concern?
Well, I mean the first two Man Man records I didn’t know how to sing at all. I didn’t think there would be more than one or two records, so all the songs I wrote on those albums are just pipe shredders, so it destroyed my range and those songs are the hardest to sing as I got older with a band, you know? Your body starts to figure out how not to do it so the songs from, like, Rabbit Habits-on are just more catered to not destroying your voice.