With the new Phish album Big Boat due out tomorrow, the band’s members Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell spoke to the Wall Street Journal about the new release and more. The two talk about how producer Bob Ezrin was instrumental in bringing out the material that comprised Big Boat, as he was unafraid to speak his mind in the democracy of Phish.“He pushed us to go as personal, with as much emotional depth, as possible,” says McConnell. “Collectively, that has not been our strong suit, and it was a good change.” Anastasio cites “Miss You” as an example, which was written about his sister who passed away in 2009.“I was literally looking at my sister’s picture, and those words just came tumbling out,” says Anastasio. “Some of the lines were an attempt to speak for my parents and their experience. But as direct as it was, I hope that people think about their own lives when they hear the song. I believe that the more specifically a songwriter writes, the more universal the sentiment becomes, and I hope that happens here.”The interview also talks about the song “Things People Do,” which was noticeably more lo-fi on the album than all of the other tracks. The rendition was recorded on McConnell’s iPhone while sitting over a Wurlitzer piano, and the band agreed that this was the best rendition compared to anything they had recorded.Trey also reflects on where Phish has been in the feature, and where the band is going.“Phish Phase One started when we were 18 and just wanted to make music… Then we went great guns like we were never going to stop, and the race car smashed into the wall. Phase Two started in 2009 as a new cycle, with different management and structure, and we feel very lucky to have arrived at this very comfortable, very professional place.” He continues, talking about his experience with Fare Thee Well. “I stood on stage looking at 80,000 people vibrating, and old friends hugging, and I was just overcome,” he says. “It’s so much bigger than the band, and we respect that. I think you will see us slow down and do some different things over the next two years.”What do those different things entail? Only time will tell. Phish’s fall tour kicks off on October 14th and runs through Halloween night in Las Vegas.
Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 13, 2015 at 11:33 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman Here’s three things to know from this past week in Syracuse sports.Dino Babers introduced as next head coach of Syracuse FootballDino Babers took the podium for the first time as Syracuse’s head coach last Monday and proclaimed, “Why not Syracuse?” Here’s five things he said at his inaugural press conference, including his focus on a faster-paced offense for the Orange in 2016.Additionally, he emphasized the importance of local recruiting, and said he wouldn’t consider recruits he reeled in at Bowling Green unless they officially decommitted from the program.The coaching staff has already been significantly altered by Babers, who replaced newly-named defensive coordinator of Maryland, Scott Shafer.Additional content: 5 things Mark Coyle said at Dino Babers’ introductory press conferenceAdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse loses to Clemson in first-ever College Cup appearanceIn the teams’ third matchup, Clemson ended Syracuse’s dream season in penalty kicks to advance to the College Cup championship, where the Tigers eventually lost to Stanford. Missed opportunities will haunt the Orange, as forwards Chris Nanco and Ben Polk both advanced the ball into dangerous areas before whiffing on their respective shots late in the match.Syracuse was tagged with its first loss since Oct. 30 against Boston College, but this one ended its season.Additional content: Syracuse’s improbable season shattered by Clemson in Final 4, penalty-kick lossSt. John’s ousts Syracuse in upset win after SU beats Colgate earlier in weekSyracuse flashed it’s 3-point prowess against Colgate on Tuesday, sinking 14-of-30 shots from behind the arc in a 78-51 win. The Orange was beat up on the boards a bit by the Raiders — who equaled SU’s 32 rebounds — but was lifted primarily by Malachi Richardson and Michael Gbinije’s 17 points. It was the first win for Mike Hopkins as Syracuse’s interim head coach.Richardson followed up his revival game against Colgate with a dud against St. John’s, shooting 0-for-11 from 3 in the 84-72 loss on Sunday afternoon in Madison Square Garden. It was a trend for Syracuse in the contest, who simply missed too many shots to keep up with Red Storm. Part of the blame also falls on the defensive side of the ball, where the Orange yielded 12 3-pointers and 32 points combined between Amar Alibegovic and Federico Mussini.Additional content: What we learned from Syracuse’s win over Colgate and what we learned from Syracuse’s loss to St. John’sQuick hitsFormer Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt is appealing the NCAA’s denial of a sixth season of eligibility, because he thinks its unfair.Syracuse women’s basketball put up it’s worst offensive performance of the season in its Saturday afternoon loss to No. 24 Arizona St.Philo Germano’s last-gasp effort pushed Syracuse Cross Country to lay claim to its first national championship.