COURTNEY BARNETT / KURT VILE – Lotta Sea Lice LP

COURTNEY BARNETT / KURT VILE – Lotta Sea Lice LP

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An all-caps discussion of Lotta Sea Lice…

COURTNEY BARNETT:

WE STARTED BUMPING INTO EACH OTHER ON THE FESTIVAL CIRCUIT ALL AROUND THE WORLD AND WE BECAME FRIENDS. HE HIT ME UP WHEN HE WAS COMING TO MELBOURNE AGAIN. HE SAID HE HAD A SONG THAT HE THOUGHT WE COULD WORK ON TOGETHER. WE STARTED SENDING DEMO’S BACK & FORTH.

KURT VILE:
I STARTED WRITING A TUNE THAT I HOPED SHE’D DO WITH ME ONE DAY. I WAS DOING PROMO FOR B’LIEVE I’M GOING DOWN AND BEING PHOTOGRAPHED IN PHILLY WITH MY ACOUSTIC AND LITERALLY WRITING A SONG I HAD IN MIND FOR HER (OVER EVERYTHING) WITH THE IDEA OF ALTERNATING LINES AND EVERYTHING. SHE AGREED (TO COLLABORATE) AND WROTE A SONG TOO (LET IT GO). THAT WAS THAT!

COURTNEY BARNETT:
I THINK OUR PLAN WAS LOOSELY TO RECORD TWO SONGS. THERE WAS NEVER ANY DISCUSSION OF A FINISHED PRODUCT, MAYBE A 7″ IF IT WAS ANY GOOD. I WAS IN SUCH A SONG-WRITING RUT AT THE TIME, I WAS IN A REAL PANIC ABOUT HAVING NO SONGS AND BEING A FAKE SONGWRITER. I NEARLY PULLED THE PLUG A BUNCH OF TIMES AND ENDED UP SCOURING OUR EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE FOR LYRICAL IDEAS. “WHAT TIME DO YOU USUALLY WAKE UP? DEPENDS ON WHAT TIME I GO TO SLEEP.”

KURT VILE:
IT STARTED OUT AS MAYBE WE’LL DO A SPLIT 7″ BUT THEN I FIGURED LET’S MAKE IT A 12″ SO IT DOESN’T GET LOST IN THE WORLD, SHOOT FOR 5 SONGS. I WAS COUNTRY-MUSIC-DORKING-OUT AND OBSESSED WITH ROOTS MUSIC AT THE TIME SO I CONVINCED EVERYONE THAT WE SHOULD DO A COVER OF BLUEBERRY HILL. WE HAD THE TWO ORIGINALS AND THE BLUEBERRY HILL COVER THEN COURTNEY SUGGESTED WE COVER EACH OTHER SO THE PLAN WAS TO WORK ON THOSE SONGS ON OUR OWN.

COURTNEY BARNETT:
IT WAS JUST SO FUN THE PANIC DRIFTED AWAY. KURT’S SO ENCOURAGING AND SILLY SO ALL THIS CONFIDENCE THAT I HAD LOST WAS RE-IGNITED, I THINK I KNEW DEEP DOWN IT WOULD KICK-START MY BRAIN. WE WERE ORIGINALLY GONNA DO A KINDA ACOUSTIC FOLK DUO THING, THEN KURT WAS LIKE “IS IT OK IF MY FRIENDS MICK AND JIM COME JAM WITH US?” SO NEXT MINUTE WE’RE JAMMIN WITH ROB (KURT’S BASS-MAN) AND TWO MEMBERS OF THE DIRTY THREE AND WE’VE STARTED GATHERING A PILE OF SONGS.
JUMP FORWARD A YEAR, KURT’S BACK IN MELBOURNE SO WE BOOK ANOTHER 3 DAYS AND RECORD SOME MORE HALF-COOKED IDEAS (THIS TIME WITH STELLA MOZGAWA FROM WARPAINT) AND EVENTUALLY WE’VE GOT ABOUT 10 SONGS STEWING, SOME COVERS, SOME ORIGINALS. VERY LIVE AND SPONTANEOUS BUT MOSTLY JUST A BUNDLE OF FUN.

KURT VILE:
WE RAN INTO EACH OTHER ON THE ROAD IN VARIOUS CONTINENTS AND TALKED ABOUT THE RECORDINGS. I GUESS IT WASN’T TILL I HAD ANOTHER TOUR BOOKED FOR THE FOLLOWING SUMMER IN AUSTRALIA THAT WE THOUGHT WE SHOULD RECORD AS MUCH AS WE CAN, NO MAJOR GOAL TO MAKE IT A FULL LENGTH BUT IT CAME TOGETHER THAT WAY BECAUSE THE VIBE WAS SO STRONG.