That unpredictability and in-the-moment excitement is also informing the new music that they're recording. While hardware equipment was always part of their sound, computer-assisted editing and effects were also integral to their first two albums. The recordings they're making now for their third album are much more about capturing studio performances, which is designed to make the transition to the stage smoother."Every time we hook everything up and start working, content is generated very quickly," Puodziukas explains. "The music we're making is being created on the kit that we're going to take out live, so that there are no compromises when that time comes. All the machines we're using for the production will be onstage, so we don't have to run a sample of something that we can't create live."
"It's like why people watch NASCAR—they're waiting for an epic car crash. Well, that's why I watch it."
Modular synths aren't a new concept at all, but in recent years they've experienced a surge in popularity. All over the world, small companies are building weird little modules that can be patched together with bits built by other inventors. That flexibility allows for truly unique sound shaping capabilities, though it's next-to-impossible to accurately reproduce previously created ideas. That could be seen as a big disadvantage, but it's also a big part of why modular synthesis is so central to their new sound.