Star Apps: Semi Precious Weapons
It’s been four long years since Semi Precious Weapons released “You Love You” (2010), the follow-up to its debut, “We Love You” (2008). The LA-based quartet is best known for supporting artists such as Lady Gaga and Kesha, and now it’s back with “Aviation,” whose kick-off single, “Aviation High,” is in heavy rotation on alternative rock radio. The 12-track disc, produced by Grammy-winning, multiplatinum producer Tricky Stewart (Beyoncé, Rihanna, Frank Ocean) finds the band flying from its rock roots into more R&B and pop territory. Semi Precious Weapons talks about coming into its own, developing a new sound for “Aviation,” the “lost” album, living and recording together, befriending Lady Gaga, and its favorite apps.
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Your first two albums were called “We Love You” and “You Love You,” so I was surprised to learn that your third would be called “Aviation” instead of “I Love You” or “They Love You.” Justin Tranter: We do get that a lot. I just think there was so much time between our new one and our last that it was time for something new.
Can you explain the title? Justin: So much of the lyrics are about looking forward and looking up, and the sky and the stars and being high and all of those things. Also, I think aviation is so gla… [Read more]
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