Guest spots from TV On The Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner and members of Antibalas will be found on Baltimore rock act Celebration's sophomore album, "The Modern Tribe," due Oct. 9 via 4
Guest spots from TV On The Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner and members of Antibalas will be found on Baltimore rock act Celebration's sophomore album, "The Modern Tribe," due Oct. 9 via 4AD. The 11-song set was recorded in five weeks at Stay Gold Studios in Brooklyn, N.Y., with TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek producing.
"From the moment we arrived, there was an overwhelming feeling of joy, magic and abundance," vocalist Katrina Ford tells Billboard.com. "We thought the first night we thought we'd just load in and get mics placed, but we stayed up till 11 a.m. the next day tracking. The energy felt like the force of a racehorse busting through the gate."
Ford says the band didn't want to be limited to just a "three-piece," hence the numerous studio collaborations. "Sometimes it was like a 'come to the studio and see what's down' and other times it was like, 'here's the demo and lyrics I'd like you to sing on this song' or 'play your thing here,'" she explains, referencing TV On The Radio's contributions. "We've been together in the studio before on other Sitek productions. So we were able to make a party of it."
Longtime friend Zinner added guitar parts on two tracks. "I think Sitek played him our demos, and Nick, who's always been a supporter of what we do, told Dave that he wanted to be a part of it. We just gave him a recording of the basic tracks and said, think about it and come up with an idea. So he showed up and laid a golden track with fierce beauty and finesse," Ford says.
Of the album's direction, Ford puts it succinctly: "Directionally we just wanted to grow towards our personal potentials ... trying to free our hearts from the dishonesty of living a modern life and facing the fear of reality and trying to heal it."
Celebration will support "The Modern Tribe" with a fall tour that begins Oct 24 in Washington, D.C.