After finishing a tour with Jenny Lewis, The Whispertown 2000 has added to their fan base and is ready and waiting with their new album, Swim, which was released today.
Last week, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Morgan Nagler took a moment to answer some questions about the band and their music.
Q: How did you decide on the name The Whispertown 2000?
A: Sometimes, things just happen in the world, that you don’t really seem to have any control over, and you don’t like it, and you like it, it’s not right, but it is, and you betray it, or own it. It’s our name.
Q: You were recently signed to Gillian Welch’s Acony Records, how did that come about?
A: We made friends, then spent the better part of this year working on various ideas together. I have learned so much from both her and David Rawlings and think they are the greatest. It’s inspiring how much they appreciate music. I think we all just believe in each other. it’s so nice.
Q: Do you have any stories about your first or favorite instrument?
A: When I was a kid I was really into the recorder and the violin. There’s a picture of me and my Mom playing violin in the forest.
Q: Of your songs, which is your favorite to preform and why?
A: Usually the newest one, because it represents your current vibe and is easiest to be completely in the moment. And “Hometown” because I know Tod’s behind me playing epic guitar and drums at the same time, and it’s inspiring.
Q: How do you come up with ideas and new songs?
A: Remember to spend time alone and get on the train when it comes. And try to practice letting go of any filters. and be inspired by everything
Q: What were your last 5 music purchases?
A: Well I don’t know, but everyone should have Neva Dinova “You May Already Be Dreaming,” Benji Hughes “A Love Extreme.”
Oh, I bought The Beatles “Yellow Submarine” for my Godnephew. I’m about to rebuy Tom Waits “The Early Years” Volumes 1 and 2, and of course, Jenny Lewis “Acid Tongue.”
Q: If you could sit down for an hour with any musician, alive or dead, who would it be and what would you ask them?
A: Bill Murray. “Why do I like you this much?” Wait a second, he’s not a musician.
Q: Can you tell us any fun tidbits about the recording of the new album?
A: “Jamboree/From The Start” is two different recordings, with different instruments and musicians, recorded at least 6 months apart, mashed up.
Q: Is there anything you always bring with you on tour?
A: Always a toothbrush, guitar, blanket, and a heart rock in a bag my Mom gave me. And a good attitude.
Q: Is their anything else people listening to your music need to know about you or the band?
A: One Love