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The Preservation

Fri., March 15, 11pm, Saxon Pub
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When the Preservation ducked into Jim Eno's Public Hi-Fi studio to record its debut album Two Sisters in 2011, the band tracked 13 songs in a whirlwind 15 days. Last summer, the local fivepiece stole away to Danny Reisch's studio in East Austin to cut an upcoming EP, only they took the same amount of time to work on just five tracks. Then they continued working on them for another six months.

"I'd stay in there forever if I could," says multi-instrumentalist and co-captain of Operation: Band Songwriter, Andy Bianculli, who in the past six months has rarely talked to me about anything other than the recording process. "There's got to be something wrong with me. In my mind, the songs are never done."

Bianculli's affinity for obsessing over the pursuit of pop perfection embodies the differences that brand his three-year-old band today. What was once a vehicle for pushing the inherently disparate songs of Bianculli and the more roots-centric output of husband-and-wife duo Mario and Cayce Matteoli has developed into a tightly wound wheel with a clear focus, one that pulls mightily from Phil Spector's Wall of Sound.

"We put sleigh bells on everything," explains Bianculli of the new recordings, which the Preservation plans to release in mid-April. He says the band also worked to beef up the new batch with a double dose of drummer Josh Wienholt's floor kit, eschewing cymbals for a deeper beat and leaving that newfound ceiling space for the band's four-part harmonies.

The results left Bianculli content but not altogether complete.

"That's my biggest fault," he says. "I know Woody Allen doesn't watch movies when he's writing. You shouldn't be paying attention to anything else when you're making a record, because it fucks your head up. We were finishing a song and Brad [Bell, engineer] brought the new Tame Impala record in and goes, 'Hey, listen to this.' I'm like, 'Fuck!'

"I just wanted to throw it all out and start over again, but you've got to keep going." – Chase Hoffberger

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