Human Parts - 09.03.13

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Human Parts - 09.03.13When ex-Against Me! bassist Andrew Seward parted ways with the band this past May, he said he needed to "focus on other things" and a few months later we're finally starting to understand the specifics. Last month he introduced the world to Human Parts and next week the band's self-titled debut will be released on September 10th. I was able to get on the phone with Andrew and learn a little bit more about his newest musical project:

How exactly did Human Parts come about?

It kind of came about, basically in my off time when I wasn’t on tour, I’d come home and try some songs on bass, do them to a click track for maybe some future use. It was never anything intended to be full time, but when I parted ways with Against Me! I kind of started working all day and when I’d come home my whole goal was to not just become a sloth and play video games or stuff like that. I wanted to be a good father and partner and just be creative whenever I could. And that’s what I did, I just started focusing and using my spare time to record.

I’m guessing you wrote some of these songs awhile ago then?

I’d say about 4 or 5 I wrote awhile ago and the other ones just started spilling out these last few months.

How would you compare recording with Against Me! and recording this record?

I wouldn’t, it’s complete apples and oranges. All of the records I’ve been part of previously there was time allotted to do it and that’s good. I wish I could have done that, but this record just wasn’t done that way. It was recorded when I could, when I wasn’t at work, in my house. I have a small child too so I’m not going to be banging the drums when she’s building forts or something like that. Basically my family would run errands or go grocery shopping and I’d have all my mics set up on the drums and go for as many good drum takes as I could while they were at the grocery store. Very unconventional.

And I understand some members of your family are actually in the band as well?

Yeah, my wife and some family friends. Andy Pants and Kim Helm, who also have a child together.

Is that your daughter also singing on “Cliff and Eli"?

That’s her voice, it’s kind of bleeding into some of the tracks too, I couldn’t, I didn’t even try to take it out. Recording the vocals and stuff like that I’d close the door and her and my dog, they’d basically be knocking or pounding at the door. That’s just kind of how it came about.

What’s your favourite track and why?

I’d probably say the third track, which is called “Now We Wake Up.” I think it’s my favourite because it was the easiest to write, the easiest to record. There’s something about the looseness of the song, it just kind of is what it is and it’s completely autobiographical. I guess it's kind of lazy, but it was the easiest one to do and that’s why it’s my favourite.

What exactly do you mean by autobiographical? Just the sentiment of loving your life at home?

Yeah. There are lines in the song, like talking about a house on a dead end street. And “My home is a fortress, a castle I call my own.” I’m just actually talking about my house, I really do live on a dead end street and stuff like that. It’s very honest, it is what it is, that’s how it came out.

What’s next for Human Parts?

We’re playing the Fest, what’s next is me stuffing all these records and taking them to No Idea. I mean, this is very much, this is just me being creative and it’s something I want to do. I’m just putting out the record myself with my buddy, another Andrew in Australia’s putting it out and I’m so happy he’s doing it. This is all myself, my wife and my friends, we’ve probably stuffed 50 records and we’re probably going to get together tomorrow morning to stuff the other 500 records. Everything is small run, everything is hand numbered, it’s just about being creative and not being sloth-like.

So something you’re doing for fun on the side, as opposed to playing for a living like you were before?

Absolutely yeah. Aside from taking care of my family, I run a corner store in downtown Gainesville now and I work there over 40 hours a week so it’s definitely like. I don’t want to call it a side project because that makes it sound not important. It’s just something we’re doing when we can, but if this could be something we could do all the time we’d go for it. Though we’re also realistic and we’re not a bunch of young kids anymore. We’re people in our 30s who just love making music and playing together so it just is what it is.
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