Is there a change from focusing on the daily classes and doing stuff with the band?
Josh: They all feed each other. People who attend a Jamtones show may sign up for class; the biggest promotion for Jamtones shows are in our center. The classes are me with a guitar, while the Jamtones shows are some 2-piece gigs, but generally guitar-drum-bass, sometimes steel drums. It's always good to practice songs -- get the extra rep, get better and try new songs.
How did the new album come about -- were these new songs?
Pat: Last year, we put out Fall, Winter 1, Winter 2, and Spring [semester] albums, physical CDs for the class. But for the Jamtones, once [the] Bear Hunt [album] came out, we thought our demographic wasn't 2-4 years old. So we went crazy with the cheese whiz -- we had new songs we wanted to put on a slammin' ska record.
Josh: About a quarter of these we'd work on in class.
Any favorite memories from recording?
Pat: I remember tracking the best bass player in the city. I wrote horn parts, which is something I hadn't done before.
Josh: We collaborated with Jesse [Wagner] from the Aggrolites. We collaborated with [Secret Agent 23] Skidoo -- he's awesome.
Pat: We'd work hard during the day, let loose at night, have a couple beers. The beatboxing was fun.
Recording with other artists, we've started to think about developing JamHouse Records [with other artists].
What do you enjoy more -- recording songs or playing live?
Josh: Both are exciting -- writing and recording songs that new, you're working on your own, and you hope it's going to explode. The audience is where we get energy -- we've played in front of 600 kids or more. [It's fun] to see parents whip out their phones to take pictures because the kids are going nuts.
Pat: One wouldn't be as fun without the other... One year I played on the Warped Tour, and playing 45 minutes a day, 7 days a week, that got boring. When you've got that balance between recording and playing live, that's really great.
What's next for the band?
Pat: World domination! [Laughs] Lots of videos -- after we did the Kickstarter [for Bear Hunt]. we got names of 40-50 animators. We love our video content, now we want to put out a show with them. We want to develop other acts.
This [new] record came out 18 months after Bear Hunt -- we don't want to wait that long for the next album.
Josh: This is our first summer working with [booker] Rebecca Allison, and she's great -- we've got lots of shows.
Pat: We want more places for classes. Lots of stuff going on, we're busy, that's how we like it.
Photo credits: Eric Barry