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songs, which will double our past
catalogue that took almost a decade
CCM: What are the thematic threads that run throughout
this song cycle?
dan PErdUE: Part of what we’re excited about with
Yearbook is being able to explore different things that we
may not have done before, so there are definitely no pre-
planned themes that will be present throughout. It will be
interesting to see how the seasons or even just whatever is
going on in our lives throughout the year effect what comes
out in the lyrics and the music.
CCM: Will any specials guests pop up throughout the
o’nEal: We thought it would be really fun to have lots of
different people participating, and for our first EP, we have
Stacy DuPree from Eisley singing. We’ve also asked some
of our regular line up of buddies to play some stuff, plus
Brooke Waggoner and Matthew Perryman Jones, with more
to come as we get deeper into the project.
CCM: How do you think this will expand your audience?
PErdUE: It’s a lot easier to take a chance on three songs
from a new band for $3 dollars rather than a whole album if
you don’t already know them. By breaking it up into smaller
pieces, listeners can digest just three at a time and not have
to invest in the whole album. If people get excited about
the project, they’ll talk about it and tell people who haven’t
heard us before.
As major labels have become increasingly irrelevant
throughout the past few years, a handful of innovative
artists are making significant strides to break down the
barriers between fans. Just look at Radiohead’s “pay
what you want” method, Nine Inch Nails’ free full album
downloads or OK Go’s viral music video marketing. The latest
to enter that unconventional fold is Chicago’s Sleeping At
Last, previous Switchfoot tour mates who’ve been there and
done that when it comes to Interscope label life and have
since developed a revolutionary plan to get more music
into the marketplace without retail. Starting in October
and spanning an entire year, the duo will drop a dozen
three-track EPs all united under the Yearbook banner, at
first available just digitally, but eventually in a physical
set at the end of the experiment (inspired loosely by Jon
Foreman’s seasonal EPs). Here’s more from front man/multi-
instrumentalist Ryan O’Neal and bassist/piano player Dan
Perdue on this unique undertaking.
CCM: What inspired this type of project instead of a
ryan o’nEal: We were tired of the wait in between records
and it gives us more of an opportunity to make music. I
heard an interview with [producer/film composer] Hans
Zimmer who was talking about how being in a band means
you talk about music all the time, but you rarely make it.
You just make a small, tiny collection and promote it on tour,
whereas over the course of the next year, we can create 36
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