Edger Shift Toward Pop-Punk On New Album


Edger | Turf Club | Wednesday, June 10
Edger's new album, Rudiments, is full of disparate and yet conjoined sounds. The Minneapolis rock trio has crafted a multifaceted new collection of indie and pop rock that delivers something that will be recognizable to longtime rock fans, but innovative enough to sound fresh and new.

Gimme Noise caught up with lead singer Justin Lawson to get a glimpse into the new album and why he's not a "cautious optimist."

Gimme Noise: Tell me why the band was originally conceived as a post-punk/hardcore band. Why do you think there was an eventual shift in sound?

Justin Lawson: I had an idea for a more aggressive sounding two-piece band, and that's what Nate [Bartley, drummer] and I tried to do in the beginning. After a couple shows it seemed obvious that it wasn't what we were good at, and those songs started disappearing from the set list.

You added a new member since starting the band. How do you feel Scott Hefte changes the feel of the band?

Initially, I was running an octave pedal through a bass amp to handle the low end, so having Scott makes us much more dynamic then before. We actually had already recorded the EP as a two-piece, so it was really evident when we came back and added a real bass to the recording. It made all the guitar intricacies more impactful, and I can have more fun playing guitar without feeling like I have to hold down the fort. Also, I don't have to carry two amps to shows anymore.

What was it like working with Mike Wisti on this album?

I'm sure the sound of the EP would be very different had we gone somewhere else. He's really hands-on if it seems like a snare or an amp may ruin your record, and he'll make suggestions for things you could add to a track, but I don't think he's interested trying to change how you sound.

Does the song "Cautious Optimist" describe the mantra of the band?

"Content Pessimist" is probably closer to our mantra.

"Holy Armour" is your single off the album. Tell me about that song. How did you come to writing it? What about "Victory Gin"?

I wrote it about my wife when we first started dating so it's a pretty old song. We added it to our repertoire once it became apparent that we weren't very hardcore. The riff part in the middle of "Victory Gin" wasn't initially on there, but I decided to add some more guitar after Scott added the bass and now it's one of my favorite things to play.

What are you excited to share at the album release show?

We've had a couple false starts getting this record out so I'm just thrilled that it's actually happening.

Edger will release Rudiments at the Turf Club on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 with Middlepicker, Panther Ray, and the Persian Leaps.
21+, $6, 7:30 p.m.
Purchase tickets here.

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