Aaron: Yes, Maria [Christopher] and Ayal [Naor].
Did you write parts specifically for them, or did they come in and try to compose something to compliment what had already been written?
Aaron: Basically, we just had them come do rehearsals for us, which they recorded on a four-track and took home to listen to and work on the parts that spoke to them, I guess. They heard things in their heads, and we really just let them do what they wanted. That's the reason we asked them to contribute in the first place. We like them and we knew that they were totally capable of contributing something of their own without taking away from the personality of what we'd already established. So we really just gave them the material and let them run with it. They had a bunch of ideas, came into the studio and laid them all down to tape, and then we picked what we liked the best.
Are these types of outside contributions something you'll continue to do?
Aaron: That's something we've wanted to do for a long time. And actually, in the live environment it's something we've done for the past three or four years -- having people from other bands we're on tour with come up onstage and play with us. We had Justin Broadrick do a remix for us, which was a collaboration of sorts, and it's definitely something we feel we gained from musically and personally. I'm sure it's something we'll continue to pursue.
I think Broadrick is an amazing gifted musician. He's just so passionately engaged in so many different types of sounds.
Aaron: Yeah, absolutely! We try to do the same sort of thing with our music, and all of us individually have different things that we work on from time to time. Justin was just another person that we respect and admire musically. We knew we could trust him to do something good with our music and we were more than happy with the results.
Along those lines, I think we're going to pursue an entire album of collaborations and remixes as our next project.
I was going to ask you about that. Do you have anything firmed up in regards to doing that?
Aaron: We have a list of contributors who have confirmed their participation, and apparently we actually have a couple of finished tracks on their way to us. We have yet to hear anything, but there's a bunch of people working on stuff now. We have our friend James Plotkin doing something, Justin Broadrick is going to participate again, Christian Fenna of Venetian Snares, Mike Patton, Buzz Osborne.
Wow...! That's the heavy of the heavy list.
Aaron: Yeah! We wrote out a wish list of people whose stuff we liked and who we wanted to work with, contacted them, and thankfully most of them wanted to do it. So we'll see how it all turns out.
Getting back to Justin Broadrick and the remix he did for you ["Celestial (Signal Fills the Void)] -- how did that come about?
Aaron: Actually, it was through the Neurot people. They are supposedly doing a record for one of his other projects, the ambient thing he does called Final, that has yet to come to fruition. They had a line of communication with him because of that, and we were talking about material we could add to the SGNL>05 EP they were putting out and it just seemed like a natural pairing I guess. Neurot contacted him and sent him the music. He liked it, and that was it, really. Since then we've been in contact with him. He's come to our shows in the UK, and has ended up being a good ally for the band.
One of the things I wanted to talk about was the roster you share at Ipecac and Neurot with bands like the Melvins and Neurosis, and just the peer level status you have with bands and people who have been obviously influential to you, but who now you also influence.
Aaron: We feel very fortunate to be in the sort of circle that we're now in. We've gotten to play with and hang out with the people who were our idols for a long time -- The Melvins, for example. All of us in the band have The Melvins in common as a past musical group who's defined our tastes and sorta brought us to where we are. So to be on the same label as them, and to be able to have toured with them, is amazing, really.