Dave Matthews Band Bassist Talks New Album, Twitter Beef With Mark Hoppus
Fans of the Dave Matthews Band now have a month to look forward to as they patiently wait for the band’s new studio album. In an interview with Mix 104.1/Boston DMB bassist Stefan Lessard revealed that the as-yet untitled album will arrive in September.
The bulk of the conversation centered around the new album and the process surrounding its creation. Lessard remarked that the decision to begin work on the new album in January was a pleasant surprise, as Matthews suddenly came to the rest of the band with a collection of songs for an album that was essentially complete.
“We all showed up in January and Dave came to us with pretty much a body of work that just needed to be cleaned up,” he said of the new material.
“Goucho,” from Dave Matthews’ upcoming album.
Lessard went into detail about the band’s approach to creating the new LP, which involved plenty of trial and error. They worked for the first time in years with producer Steve Lillywhite, who’s known for producing the band’s first three hugely successful albums.
Lillywhite took a similar approach as the first three records, gathering plenty of recordings of the same song, typically recording “six or seven times” according to Lessard. Then from there, they analyze how each song sounds and decide whether it needs extra work before making the final recordings.
Lessard was also asked about his recent Twitter-feud with Blink-182 singer and fellow bassist Mark Hoppus, who once made a video on CollegeHumor.com saying bass players needed to be more exciting. The video makes subtle references to Lessard and DMB, who in some circles have garnered a reputation as a “mellow, easy listening band,” as Lessard described it.
After Lessard asked Hoppus about the jabs on Twitter, Hoppus said his wife’s favorite DMB album likely distorted his perception of the band.
@SLessard never been. my wife is a huge fan. crash is one of her all-time favorites.—
Mark Hoppus (@markhoppus) May 24, 2012
Still, Lessard never took the video as a direct put-down to him or the band, particularly because he realizes how energetic and lively a DMB concert, and Lessard’s own stage presence, really is.
“I just found it really funny that Mark Hoppus would use me as an example of a boring bass player, when I feel like I have to tone down my own performance on stage so I don’t look like I’m going nuts when everyone else is doing their thing,” he said.
– Matt Dolloff Mix 104.1/Boston