Produced by studio guru Jon Brion (Fiona Apple, Rufus Wainwright, Kanye West), The Only Place glows with incandescent guitars and Cosentino’s bracing vocals, which are no longer buried in reverb. Sunshine melodies, however, belie a tougher core. “With this record I wanted two things: to emotionally vomit on the listener and to express myself with my voice in a way I never have,” Cosentino explains. “I needed to be honest with people.” That’s clear on defiant tracks like “How They Want Me To Be,” a song about decidedly 21st-century communication blues. “It’s about bands and critics telling me on the Internet how I should be,” Cosentino notes. “Yesterday, I admitted to liking Skrillex, and it became this whole thing on Twitter. It’s ridiculous. I have to remember I can’t go out with my friends like nothing has changed, because then you’ll see a picture of me drunk on the sidewalk everywhere. So the song is my reaction to how everything in the world is accessible to everyone.”
Sune Rose Wagner on the album’s title Pe’ahi:
DiS: The album’s called Pe’ahi. Where does the title originate from?
Sune Rose Wagner: The title is actually a Hawaiian word. It’s a big, famous surf break off the shore of Maui. It only comes to life during the winter months. It’s a scary place even for professional big wave surfers. We used that as the title because the album has a lot of references to surf culture. Musically there’s a lot of surf guitar sounds in there. But used in very different ways to the traditional surf record sound. There’s also a lot of references to surf language and beaches in the lyrics but again used in a very different context. It was a challenge to try and channel some of the inspiration I found - especially the surf history of Southern California - but not in an obvious way. A guy once referred to our band very early on in our career as being what it would sound like if you went surfing in the rain. It’s a pretty good analogy which I always thought made a lot of sense. So in essence I guess that’s what we sound like which is why we used a lot of the references, and Pe’ahi is also a dangerous place. And not just for surfers either. It’s also become a hangout for the disenchanted. I went to Maui recently and people there advised me not to go down to Pe’ahi, even in summertime. Some pregnant girl was murdered there not long ago so it all kind of makes sense with the title because I always want that to have a certain theme to it. Which is why we put the knife on the cover of the record.
- 1. “The Final Countdown” by Europe: “I owe my guns to this song.”
- 2. “Fight for Your Right” by Beastie Boys: “If I went to college this totally would have been my anthem.”
- 3. “Used to Love Her” by Guns N’ Roses: “So does she.”
- 4. “Summer Of ‘69” by Bryan Adams: “Was the theme song of the movie of the week I did with Mark Harmon.”
- 5. “Closer” by Nine Inch Nails: “Great for getting freaky.”
- 1. “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley: “At my Vegas wedding, Jerry and Kevin were there singing along.”
- 2. “Brain Stew” by Green Day: “Rockin’ beat – play it loud!”
- 4. “Amoreena” by Elton John: “Dog day afternoon, baby.”
- 5. “Scuttle Buttin’” by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble: “Me and my brothers would jam out to this in my basement.”
- 6. “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin: “The best ever.”
- 7. “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” by Hank Williams: “I kill it in karaoke!”
The Entourage movie should be coming out in the summer of 2015!
— Marcel Proust, whose birthday it is today.