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Soul Patch / Press

“NM3: Would you consider yourself starving artists? Chris: I don’t know if we’re starving artists, we might be hungry artists. It’s definitely a sacrifice to be in a band. I don’t think any one of us would change anything—if anything, all the little stuff that has come up has made us closer. I think both musically and as friends, we’re tighter now than we ever have been. I think a big part of that was getting through this CD. It’s a touchy situation making an album; it’s almost like giving birth between five guys. Everybody’s got their own part of it and you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but at the same time you want to keep in mind what’s best for the overall sound and the album. I think our sound has evolved because we are so comfortable with each other, both with our personalities and the style in which we play music.”

“A NEW ALBUM SPINS That approach extends to the life of their recording career, as well. A new CD from the band has been long-awaited and much-anticipated - but as Winkelmann explains, even the best made plans don’t always necessarily work out in time. “In July of 2007, we put out a live CD which we recorded in the studio, live in one take, with little to no editing, and we gave it to our fans, as they requested,” Winkelmann says. “Over the past four years, many have asked us when we were going to have a new CD. Well, it was supposed to be late 2008, then early 2009, then 2010 - but it is actually being mastered as we are having this interview,” he chuckles. The new 14-track, original album, titled S.P.i.N., is now set to be out in early to mid June. “If it’s possible, we may leak one new tune off of the album to WNMC 90.7 FM once the album is mastered,” Winkelmann says, “but I make no promises when it comes to this album - it was supposed to be out three years ago.””