*repeat repeat’s mantra these days is “say yes, and as many yeses as possible.” And one of the easiest affirmations was to have the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney produce the Nashville group’s new album, Glazed (out May 31 on Dangerbird Records) — and appear in the video for the track “Hi, I’m Waiting,” premiering exclusively below.
“With this album we wanted to be really flexible and open to whatever new opportunities and ideas were going to come our way,” frontman Jared Corder — whose wife Kristyn Corder plays keyboards — tells Billboard. Carney, it seems, took notice of the buzz building around *repeat repeat in the wake of its 2017 album Floral Canyon, especially from Bonnaroo and major festival appearances, and invited the group to try working together at his studio — first on one song, then on three and ultimately “a 3 a.m. text from Patrick asking if we’d want to do the (entire) record with him.”
“We went on a six-week tour,” Jared recalls, “then came back and literally the day after we got back we closed on our first house and packed up all our stuff and drove to Patrick’s studio — with all our stuff in his driveway with a trailer.” Glazed was recorded over the course of 20 exhausting 12-hour days, with Carney stepping up to do more than just sit behind the board as a creative partner, even providing the Corders with personal playlists.
“We had never written songs with other people. We had a formula that seemed to work for us,” Jared says. “But this time we went in and I showed Patrick a verse and a chorus, or two sometimes, and he would sit down and we’d write together. He helped write half the record — some of the guitar parts, a ton of instrumentation. It was just a whole new experience for us.
“We’d never really opened ourselves up to let other people help steer the ship like that. (Carney) became like family to us. It only made the record better.”
“Hi, I’m Waiting” is a case study in that process. The demo was one of the first songs the Corders showed Carney. “That was the very first one he liked,” Jared remembers. “He said, ‘That one’s really good. It’ll need a lot of work, but it’s good.'” As *repeat repeat started working on Glazed in earnest, Carney remembered the song and had them pull it out and finish it together. The video, meanwhile, found the group working with a new director, Matthew Delisi, who turned the song’s theme of unrequited love into a narrative — with a cameo by comic and voice of Comedy Central Kyle Kinane as a neighbor shouting at the band to turn it down.
“We’ve been friends since we were a baby band and we played some show where he did standup the same night in the venue,” Jared says. “He was in town and hit us up, ‘Can I stop by?,’ and it just became this very fun thing. We were surrounded by our friends and family the whole day of the video shoot and Patrick was on drums, and then Kyle shows up and gets in there, too. It was just another part of this really great year we’ve been having.”
Glazed comes out May 31 and *repeat repeat will be on the road right away to support it, with dates already being scoped out into 2020 and “very, very big things coming this summer and this fall” that the group can’t reveal yet but plans to announce soon.