When you can't run from a problem, it's best to embrace it head on, and Arnett suggests that the band's multiplicity may be one of its biggest strengths. "I don't think we'll ever write the same sounding record twice," he tells Billboard. Control is a tightly sculpted work, smooth and groove-heavy, shot through with jolts of rock and the intricately arranged vocals, common in late '70s L.A. pop.
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Milo Greene tried a new approach when building these songs. "When we started working on Control," Andrew Heringer explains, "We went into a recording studio... and started laying down lots of drum grooves. [That] became the foundation of our songwriting… we were really inspired by music that made us dance and wanted to find a way to merge that with the sound that we had created as a band on our first record." Arnett adds that, "Instead of stacking vocals, we experimented with individual voices moving in and out of each other."
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Control came together with help from a few big guns. Jesse Shatkin handled production -- he recently co-wrote and co-produced Sia's "Chandelier," and he has credits on albums from Kelly Clarkson, Foster the People and Tegan and Sara. Renowned drummer Joey Waronker also contributed to Control; in the past, Waronker has showed up on recordings from Beck, Norah Jones, and even Paul McCartney.
Watch Milo Greene perform on Conan Jan. 28. Better yet, catch them on their headlining tour in support of Control. Check out the dates below.
February, 10 Santa Barbara, CA – SOhO
February, 11 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
February, 13 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
February, 14 Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl
February, 15 Seattle, WA – Columbia City Theater
February, 19 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theater
February, 26 Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
February, 27 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
February, 28 Kansas City, MO – the recordBar
March, 01 St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill
March, 03 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
March, 04 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Café
March, 05 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
March, 07 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
March, 08 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
March, 10 Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa
March, 11 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
March, 12 New York NY – Bowery Ballroom
March, 13 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
March, 14 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda's
March, 15 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel