When You Blew It! frontman Tanner Jones describes the influence of the band’s Orlando, Florida hometown, he notes that everything feels like osmosis, a process that sees a solvent moving through a semipermeable membrane from a lower concentration into a higher concentration.
Orlando is a thriving cultural mecca with a vibrant international scene, which allows the city’s sights and sounds to seemingly shift entirely from one night to the next. This atmosphere slipped through the You Blew It!’s somewhat semipermeable writing process for Abendrot, the band’s first effort for Triple Crown Records. The osmosis of varied cultural influences surrounding the band in Orlando allowed them to focus on the intricacies of their songwriting and step into unfamiliar territory, bringing out a darker side both lyrically and sonically.
Abendrot was written in roughly four days after the band’s five members – Jones, guitarists Andy Anaya and Trevor O’Hare, bassist Andy Vila, and drummer Matthew Nissley – spent months apart, each having moved away from Orlando for various reasons. Despite the quick turnaround on the majority of the writing process, the band spent the majority of nearly six months tinkering with song structures before they felt they had the material was ready for the studio, which allowed the record’s twelve songs cover a lot of ground thematically, with an unintentional shift inward. While some of the songs deal with frontman Tanner Jones’ mental health after the long-winded production of the record straining his perfectionist personality and ultimately driving him into therapy, each song deals with something different, sometimes rooted in fiction.
With Into It. Over It’s Evan Weiss at the production helm, Abendrot was recorded over a month at Atlas Studios in Chicago, the longest the band has ever spent recording. This allowed them to experiment more with different recording techniques that included switching up the mic placement for each song, as well as playing with echoes and tape delay. Additionally, they placed an emphasis on making sure the production’s use of digital manipulation was used as sparingly as possible.
As You Blew It! continues to build their career with Abendrot, their only goal is to manage the constant internal and external pressures of the music industry and retain their integrity.