YRB: Those sound like two very different experiences.
Engelberger: Both positive experiences, but we were a little more in our comfort zone on the Phantogram tour. People were excited to see them, but there wasn’t that pop star-induced hysteria, with screaming girls at their shows. Both good though. It’s cool that we haven’t toured with any assholes (laughs).
YRB: Body Faucet drops on May 1st. Is there any meaning behind the title?
Engelberger: I don’t know, some of it sounds kind of ambiguous. It sounds physical, maybe dirty, maybe weird, we might all have one but we don’t know what it is. The idea of the record being an outflow from the body might have something to do with it. I don’t know, I think its more the feeling that the music conjures, that feeling of “I should know what it is, but I’m not quite sure.” That’s more what we were aiming for than any symbolic significance.
YRB: What was the recording process like?
Engelberger: We didn’t have a whole lot of time to do whatever we wanted. We spent about 2 months recording it. There was only like a week. There were long days, we were in the studio until 10 or 11. We’d show up late but stay a while. We initially took our time on making sure the sounds we had were what we wanted. There are actually some pretty cool songs on the record. Everything started with a live take and we built off there. That helped recreate the energy we hit at in our live show.
YRB: Have you done anything on Body Faucet that you’ve never tried on record before?
Engelberger: We don’t have much recording experience, so a lot of things we tried are not exactly groundbreaking. It was a bunch of trying things for the first time. There are some spots with vocal parts that are doubled with an odd sound. I think that has a cool effect. There are lots of combinations of effects and signal changes and things we were trying out just to see what crazy sounds we could get. There was one day we locked William in the back room with synthesizers and toys to see what he’d come up with.
YRB: What are your plans for the rest of the year?
Engelberger: Once the record’s out we’re going on a tour. Then we’re going to take some time to write and record new stuff, and in the fall we want to go out again pretty hard. Were going to be opening for GroupLove. In the fall we want to do a long tour. Hopefully co-headlining with a band we really like. I think just continuing to record and write new stuff, we want to avoid relying on old stuff too long. We always want new things for our live show and recording.
Reptar’s debut full-length Body Faucet releases on May 1st on Vagrant Records. For more info on Reptar and to pre-order Body Faucet, check out the band’s awesomely retro website.