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Robby Takac of The Goo Goo Dolls

May 10, 2010 by  
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It’s been four years since the last Goo Goo Dolls album but I guess when you’re together for over twenty years, that’s nothing more than a stitch in time.  However, the overall writing and recording process for their new album “Something For the Rest of Us” was not exactly their smoothest.  The band wrapped up the recording of the album for the first time and handed it off to the label.  After the release date was pushed out, the band had the opportunity to go back in and tweak a few things.  What started off as a minor edits ended up being a much more thorough process and in the end, the band couldn’t be happier.  The extra time allowed them to bring in their live band to record, add some live strings and complete what bassist Robby Takac calls their most organic approach to recording since the early days – albeit unintended.

With a June/July release date for “Something for the Rest of Us” the band finally decided they needed something to get them out of the studio or they’d never stop tweaking things.  What could be better than getting out there and sharing the new material with their fans, so that’s just what they did.  Playing about five new songs a night the band has been able to get a live response to their latest accomplishments before the album even drops and see what the important critics, their fans, have to say.

Touching on social issues that impact everyone, this album is less introspective and more of an overall look at the world today and the issues that face us all.  According to Takac “I don’t think it’s hard to latch on to a sentiment right now that is blanketing the globe.”  Indeed it’s not.

We recently caught up with Robby to talk about the new album, the recording process, their current tour, and their current collaboration with USA Harvest.

Interviewed by:  Mary Ouellette
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