I caught up briefly with Sherwood to talk about what it's like to be such a hardworking band in today's music scene. Read on to hear about more about Sherwood, both new and old.
PPJ: First, please tell us your name and what you do in the band.
Dan Koch: Dan, and I play guitar.
PPJ: What got you into music? What keeps you in it?
Dan: The drums, also my friend in elementary school, Mark Ball, who got me to stop listening to Rap (which I have since learned to enjoy again) and start listening to Grunge. I am still in it because I can't possibly not be.
PPJ: Sherwood has always had a do-it-yourself approach. What do you think are the pros and cons to this? Did you ever think it was just too difficult?
Dan: Mainly the PRO is that you learn to appreciate any success you have, the main CON is that it takes a long time! There were tense moments; I have almost quit at least once I can remember. But somehow we kept it together and are stronger than ever right now.
PPJ: How do you go about writing your songs?
Dan: I generally will write the basic skeleton and then we work out all the details, often the bridge, etc, together as a group.
PPJ: Has your process changed over the years?
Dan: Yes, for this upcoming album, there is a lot more group involvement than on A Different Light, which is making it a whole lot better.
PPJ: How did Dan and Joe get involved with We Shot The Moon? Will either of them return to that in the future?
Dan: We have been friends with Jonathan Jones for a long time, and eliciting our help just seemed like the obvious thing for him to do next. It's his band, so there are no guaranteed of our future involvement, but I am almost positive that he and I will be doing a lot of writing together for his next album, and I'm really excited about that.
PPJ: You guys tour pretty much nonstop. Where are your favorite places to be?
Dan: In this order: Japan, Ireland/Scotland, Mainland Europe, Seattle, NYC, and here in Oakland, writing a new album.
PPJ: You used to tour in the Road Rules van. Did you like that better than a regular bus, or was it not worth the novelty?
Dan: Our new ride is a lot more comfortable. =)
PPJ: Can you tell us more about the unreleased songs that will be on the Sing, But Keep Going rerelease?
Dan: There will be 2 acoustic versions of songs, one full-band song that was never released, and one "Nerdrock Redux" version of another song.
PPJ: There are also rumors that you'll be releasing a new album in 2009. What can you tell us about that?
Dan: It will easily be our best, and it will be out in 2009. There aren't a whole lot of other details that we know just yet.
PPJ: Finally, tell us three bands you think we should be listening to.
Dan: Bon Iver, Coldplay, The National.
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