Sometimes it's all about context, and that definitely seemed to be the case for Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. He was in the midst of his first acoustic living room tour when I sat down with him, and it looked like that change of context completely reinvigorated him. Part of it was obviously the change in scenery (from a rock club to a small room with no stage). But it also seemed like part of it was being divorced from the narrative that had developed around the band years ago during the music blog boom. Either way, it was interesting to talk with him about the newfound energy and his take on songwriting.
Ryan Kattner doesn't consider himself a songwriter or a frontman or even a musician. Never mind the fact that actually fronts Man Man and writes most of the music. But according to him, that approach is what makes it possible to do what he's done with the band over the last decade.