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Drawn Ship Q&A: Conscious of filling up the low-end

North Shore News: How do you write your material? Lyn Heinemann: Always just sitting in my house with an acoustic guitar I write songs and then bring them to the band.

North Shore News: How do you write your material? Lyn Heinemann: Always just sitting in my house with an acoustic guitar I write songs and then bring them to the band. (Do words come first?) It's usually pretty simultaneous - words and music kind of come together and usually I will pick a theme of what I want to write the song about and just go from there. Sometimes I will come up with a riff first and then build a song around it. For example "Glass Eye" - the end riff was the first thing I wrote and then I backtracked from there.

North Shore News: How was the actual recording process? Lyn Heinemann: It was fun, really pretty easy. We worked with Shawn Penner and Aaron Nordean who were engineers and producers on the last two Portico records and they're just really great guys to work with. We did the beds out of Mushroom which is a beautiful room - the drums always sound so good. We recorded the bed tracks of each song, listened to it and decided what more it needed. We were really conscious of trying to fill up the low-end because we have no bassist and we didn't want that to sound empty. I think we've succeeded it doesn't sound like there's anything missing when you're listening to the record in terms of frequencies. Having Hannah Georgas do background vocals was amazing. She's so gifted, such a great singer.

North Shore News: In the one photograph I've seen of you both together it looks like Gregg has a Waldorf cocktail from the Tiki Room in his hand.

Lyn Heinemann: You know what's funny about that. He works for the Vancouver Opera and he does set design, stage management stuff. We did the photo shoot in the warehouse at Vancouver Opera. Gregg built the set for the photo shoot and that glass that he's holding is plastic with no actual liquid in it. It's got a fake plastic filling that looks like champagne or something. I'm glad it's convincing. We had to dust the liquid off before we shot it.

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