Baudelaire in the News
Lyndsy and I talked to EA Poorman for the Fort Wayne Reader about recording and writing.
Tell me a little about the songwriting process in The End Times Spasm Band. Does someone come up with a riff or melody and you all get together to hammer it out in rehearsal? Who handles lyrics? Where do your lyric ideas come from?
Bart Helms: The inspiration for my lyrics tend to come from what I read, which can be anything from poetry or a book on the history of mathematics.
Lyndsy Rae: It’s totally the same for me. Whether it’s a book you’re reading or an artwork your seeing – if it’s a vulnerable day, it turns itself into a song. Writing “Baudelaire,” I was lacking adjectives. They don’t surface naturally in another language. I was looking at an art book by Bacon, with a lot of exposed bones and rib cages, and I tried to visualize that.
Bart Helms: To write End Timesy material, we both benefit from setting ridiculous songwriting challenges. I think this year one of the rules is no more love songs because those made up two-thirds of our Nosferatu score.
Lyndsy Rae: We both subscribe to being a scholar. We need deadlines. We were in college too long.
He also includes a nice spiel on why the Squirrel Nut Zippers are important to him, which we’ll heartily sign.
Elsewhere, Evan Gillespie wrote a review of the EP for Whatzup.