“Fun in The Fight” is the title of your new album- why this title? When is the release?
We named “The Fun in the Fight” after a lyric from one of the songs on the album, but it goes a little beyond that. It has to do with our life as artists and the struggle that comes along with trying to make a living doing what you love. We’ve always held the belief that in order to make it through, you’ve got to be interested in more than just the end game - you’ve got to enjoy the process, find the fun in the fight. The record is set for release on February 22nd.
This album sounds more like classic rock to me-Who were you inspired by for those new songs?
You’re right on the money! We grew up listening to a ton of classic rock (we still do), and we’re constantly inspired be rock pioneers. Janis Joplin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin… we all love them, because they project this energy that’s just universally powerful and relatable. That’s what rock is all about - harnessing that emotion and tapping into that energy. We couldn’t do what we’re doing now without the artists who came before us, and “The Fun in the Fight” is our thank-you to them for everything.
Can you tell us about some of the collaborations on this record?
Sure! First off, we’ve got Cory Wong from Vulfpeck on a track - he’s an insane guitar player, and also just a really cool dude. We wrote this song with a funk-type feel, and we all immediately thought of him for it. And he was totally down! We’ve also got Danny Louis from Gov’t Mule on the Hammond organ on a bunch of the album. He’s been on all of our studio albums, and we love working with him because he’s just got such an ear for exactly what each song needs. Plus, he’s super nice. It’s nice to work with your heroes and discover that they’re also just really down-to-earth, cool people. And speaking of cool… Beau Sasser from Kung Fu is also on this record. He lent his Hammond chops to a few tracks. The dude’s got such a unique, fun style.
How does being brother and sister works for you? I understand you have played music together since childhood?
True story. Music has always been such a huge part of our relationship as brother and sister - it’s cheesy, but we’re best friends. And that kind of friendship really helps when it comes to music, because when we’re making art we’re often at our most vulnerable. It’s so important to have someone around who really understands you at a time like that.
What did you study at Harvard?
Chris was a Computer Science major, and I studied English. I’ve always been a words person… I write the lyrics. Honestly, we spent a lot of our four years at Harvard away from campus, either in the studio or on the road. I’m glad we were able to balance the two.