Jake: Well. Awaiting the release of our new record, “I’ll Be Yours.”
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Right Stuff”?
Patrick: Zac wrote the riff and I wrote the words. It’s a song about giving up and leaving.
Jake: I remember feeling a little nervous about how “pop” the song was turning out. But it was also exciting for that reason.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Patrick: No, I think my songs are usually amassed from various sources.
The single comes off your new album I’ll Be Yours – what’s the story behind the title?
Patrick: It’s the name of a song off the album that’s explicitly about devotion and loss. When the album came together I realized many of the songs shared that theme.
How was the recording and writing process?
Patrick: There was a studio I really wanted to work in, and even though it’s affordable as studios go, it wasn’t cheap to us. We had to plan ahead and figure out how to do everything we needed in ten days. Luckily we met Matt Wright, who engineered the record, and made the whole thing doable.
Zac: Some of these songs we had been writing and arranging for a while. We usually start with a very small piece of an idea that we all really like a lot, and then we spend a really long time figuring out what we want to do with it. I think that process can drive us crazy, but we usually feel pretty good about the results it produces. I think by the time we had started recording, we had a pretty good idea of what we were doing. The Right Stuff and Nevada were still being written and arranged up until the last minute.
Jake: We find it necessary to get away from distractions when we write the music. We have some friends with barns in central and northern California who will let us stay there for a week or so and write.
What aspect of ole’ Blues and Country did you get to explore on this record?
Patrick: We’ve spent so much time around that stuff that it’s more of a question of how to get away from it! Country blues is the style I’m most comfortable with on guitar, so I think it always has a hand in what I do.
Zac: I’m not sure we really explored Country Blues on the record. It’s something we all have spent a lot of time listening to and playing in general, and I’m sure that a lot of our guitar playing is very influenced by it whether or not we’re conscious of it.
Jake: A fun example is the rhythm on ‘The Right Stuff’. During the chorus Tim and I tried to replicate the rhythmic feel of the accordion on old Cajun records.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Patrick: That’s a big question! Like most songwriters I’ve talked to, a lot of my songs appear out of nowhere. I get a brief glimpse into what could be, and then I’m left to sort out the practical matters of how the song goes, and what it’s actually about.
What else is happening next in The Americans’ world?
Patrick: Trying to write more, sadder songs.
Zac: We are writing more music, and we are about to go tour in Europe for about a month or so. We’re really looking forward to it.
Jake: We leave on our next European tour on Nov. 1st. It’s exciting to know our songs are resonating with people over there.