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Floodland’s fire 

Indie rockers trim the fat on their new EP.

click to enlarge ANDREW DONOVAN
  • Andrew Donovan

Floodland's newest EP, It's The Fire, made the band a very powerful* enemy—a squatter in a Burnside warehouse. Forgoing modern conveniences like "studios" and "sunlight," Floodland rented a furniture warehouse to record its indie-rock opus with producer Ron Smith. Everything was great—until their illegal neighbour had an issue with the drumming at 11pm. "He was upset," says guitarist and vocalist Aaron Green. "But I don't think you're supposed to live in those things." They persevered. In fact, this EP was supposed to be an LP, but—probably due to the squatter's curse—the analogue board broke and they ended up cutting it a bit short. "We took the five tracks that we felt best about," says Green.

Short but sweet became a theme of the album. With every band member—Green, Eamonn Slattery, Lauchie Headrick and Luke Levy—being an arranger or writer, previous releases had the tendency to run long. This time, the band opted for a tighter, more radio-friendly sound. "I mean we weren't going to sub the snare for handclaps or anything, it was more of a trimming-the-fat situation. What are the best hooks?" says Green. "I met Eamonn in jazz school—we used to do a lot of sections, bridges, the songs were sprawling. We thought, how do we get to the point? We just wanted to get to the fun part. And how to make it cool in three minutes is a challenge.

"We're very happy with the way it turned out, some of the things we did in the old school method—especially with the song 'Old School'—really added to it, we had specific references that Ron helped with," says Green. "The drum mics really captured the weird warehouse, I think."

*Enemy was not actually all that powerful. The band is fine.

Floodland EP release w/Slowcoaster
Friday, June 5, 10pm
The Seahorse Tavern, 2037 Gottingen Street


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