How do you guys choose what songs to keep for an album and how to order them on the album?
We start with hundreds of ideas and snippets...sometimes it's an acoustic thing, sometimes a rough idea set up to a programmed beat, and sometimes just gibberish "La la la da da" type things sung into our phone voice recorders. Out of that we'll usually put together something like 20-25 demos, and record 16 or so in the studio, 12-13 of which end up making the album. So really it's about having ideas filter down and hopefully letting the best rise to the top. A lot of times lyrics and details will change depending on what we're experiencing at the time; a song about relationships might turn into a song about tour if we're out on the road a lot etc. Once the top 12 songs are decided on we'll make playlists and just listen through to make sure the album feels cohesive or tells a story. We're fans of the "album" format and feel like, if you like a band, you should be able to listen to their records from front to back. So yeah...keep the ebb and flow, alternate fast/slow/aggro/sweet... -L