Brett Hool and John Kibler always take a different route in creating music.
That’s why the two remain in the business.
Hool and Kibler formed We Are The West in a shipping container on a sheep farm in Holland, and began performing as a duo in an abandoned convent in Brooklyn, N.Y., before heeding the call to continue west to Los Angeles.
After years of performing, the band is releasing its first full-length album, “The Golden Shore,” today.
The band went to Grammy-winning engineer Husky Höskulds in downtown Los Angeles to record live as a trio with its longtime drummer, Elizabeth Goodfellow.
Kebler says building on the band’s four previous EPs, “The Golden Shore” is the boldest vision yet.
“We went into this one concentrating more on the music,” he says. “We had done all the engineering on our previous EPs. This time, we went with Husky and he took care of all the recording. We concentrated on the music, and we were able to record live. That’s the thread that holds together our performances.”
“It’s a bit of a different process for us to concentrate on the performance in the studio,” Hool continues. “This was a very good change for us.”
Also part of the change was actually recording in a studio in Los Angeles.
The band’s previous four EPs were each recorded in a different improvised locale – their LA parking garage, a barn in western New York, the high desert of New Mexico and a ranch in Sebastopol.
For “The Golden Shore,” Hool and Kibler tapped their large network of musical friends, including regular band collaborators Goodfellow, Sylvain Carton, Ben Tolliday, and Paul Cox, as well as Joe Kennedy to perform on the album.
The band also hooked up with award-winning engineer Jonathan Burnside to mix and master the album.
“It’s been an incredible journey with this album,” Hool says. “We’ve grown as musicians and in our way of thinking. It’s pretty amazing to be able to be doing this for a living and doing it the way we want.”
Hool is also looking forward to returning to Santa Fe, where the duo performed a few years ago at the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple a few years ago. He will also be able to see relatives in the city.
“My family runs Santa Fe Studios,” he says. “So there’s a history with me and Santa Fe. It’s always great to come back for a visit.”