Canadian electropop trio, Dragonette, are set to release their third studio album, Bodyparts, in the fall. Pop Counter//Culture caught up with Martina, Dan and Joel during their stop in Vancouver to talk about the new record, why Lollapalooza hold such fond memories, and what they realized after the departure of former guitarist Chris Hugget.
Bodyparts drops in September. How’d the record come together?
Martina Sorbara: We were plopped into a very nighttime scene. There was all this music about girls, and getting crunked up. A lot of dark nighttime stuff. I started thinking what happens if there is more daylight in this type of music. Bodyparts is our most sunshiny album. Daytime, sunshine and good times. I think I’m making that concept up a little bit.
After “Hello” blew up, heading into the studio was there pressure to match that level of success?
Dan Kurtz: We tried to write “Hello” thirteen times.
MS: Totally. After having a song that was all over the world, walking into the studio we thought,’ Are we supposed to do that? Is that what we’re supposed to be?’
Joel Stouffer: The inclination is to think, “Wow, everyone likes that song. It makes me feel so good. Let’s make that that song again.’ But then you realize, ‘No’. That’s not cool. Make whatever song you would make regardless of the success of “Hello”.
During the second weekend at Coachella the band play through some technical difficulties. What happened?
MS: Oh God! That was so stressful. I was having a full on panic attack.
DK: The week before the easiest set we’re ever had. They are so professional and so good. We rolled into the second weekend thinking, ‘This will be a breeze’.
JS: Then Dan opens his computer and wah wah wah.
DK: There was a big do not enter sign that appeared on my screen. I’m not kidding.
MS: But, we got through it.
JS: Regardless, both weekends were awesome.
In 2010 Dragonette played Lollapalooza. The bands sites that show as the one that convinced you touring America was possible. Why?
JS: We went into Lollapalooza thinking we weren’t worthy. I remember ten minutes before stage time looking out and no one was there. I was gutted and felt so embarrassed. Maybe, five minutes before I peeped out again and suddenly there was three or four thousand people. It was way more than I was expecting. We didn’t have to bust our ass to convince them we make cool music. They were there to see us and they were excited. It was a big moment.
DK: It’s difficult to measure what’s happening with the band. America became part of this huge globe that you’re trying to take on. Being asked to play at Lollapalooza suggest someone thinks you might have some traction . Enough people showed up to say, ‘Oh wow. After all this time, if we can do this here it’s worth taking on this behemoth that is playing in the US.’
After the departure of guitarists Will Stapleton and later Chris Hugget, does the band plan on adding another guitarist?
DK: We didn’t ever think of being a band without a guitar player until it was forced upon us.
MS: No, I don’t think we’ll ever get a guitar player. Our guitar player left us under stressful circumstances. We had to play[without him] but it ended up being the best show we had played so far. It’s not about personality. Guitar is not the backbone of the music we make.