Making Arrivals has made me start to wonder whether we should change our band name to "Dropbox."
...Let me explain. Just as Ben Gibbard & Jimmy Tamborello used the US Postal Service for their collaboration and their namesake moniker, Grant & I have been swapping audio files back and forth through the USPS's digital analogue- Dropbox.
First of all: I fuckin' love Dropbox. It's great. I use it approximately two hundred times a day and it has made my life approximately two thousand times easier. And it has freed me of weirdo file sharing web sites like these. (If any Dropbox employees happen to be reading this, YES, I would happily allow you to be our official band sponsor! Or what about an extra free Gig or 2 in exchange for my endorsement?) But for real, it just wouldn't be possible for us to record at all this summer with Grant in Pittsburgh and me in New York.
I've found that working remotely has a curious yet surprising effect on both the writing and recording process. We're not strangers to working apart from one another- in fact, since we've each been at different schools we've spent more time in different locations than we have together. But after all, we are millenials! And therefore we are internet people. So this album, as well as our others, has been born from an exchange of shitty iPhone recordings, often independent ideas we that eventually fuse together. Then when we do collaborate in person, it's a really fun but really intense recording process during which we consume wayyyy too much coffee, alcohol, fatty foods and other substances for our own (and our digestive systems') good.
But unlike our other recordings, so far Arrivals has been made entirely through the computer. Even though it's sometimes difficult to be unable to transmit a musical idea instantly, the delay can also be really fun. Receiving a new song file on Dropbox is like opening up a Christmas present. Errr.... maybe it's more like that drawing game you played when you were a kid (my family officially dubbed it the Doodle Game), where one person makes a nonsensical scribble, and passes it to the other person who transforms it into a discernible figure? Either way, what I'm trying to say is that it's really awesome to hear someone else add onto a piece of music in a way that is totally (pleasantly) surprising that I would have never thought to do myself. Plus, when I've hit a wall with a song and don't know which direction to take it, it's refreshing to send it away into cyberspace, have Grant work his magic, and see how it boomerangs back to me.
In sum, thank you internet for all the glorious things you've done for us. (Even though you are both a blessing and a curse). Love ya.