Against Me!'s Tom Gabel Calls Nirvana Producer Butch Vig a 'Mentor'
experiences like going to college. I was so happy each day to sit in the back of the room and watch him and Billy [Bush], who was the engineer, turn knobs. I totally looked at Butch as a mentor."
A mentor who produced 'Nevermind,' no less. Which begs the question, did Gabel go all fanboy on Vig and push for Nirvana gossip?
"I think that's one of the things to Butch's credit, he's just the type of person where you forget about that [connection]," says Gabel. "It's just our buddy Butch, we're just hanging out with him."
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Against Me! have certainly showed their resourcefulness over the last two years. From severing ties with their former major label Sire/Warner because they felt, in Gabel's words, "we're at a point where we can do it ourselves" to Gabel's turn as a record producer, there doesn't seem to be much the band won't tackle.
"Against Me! have had a lot of experiences and I made sure to pay attention," says the singer-guitarist. "We know how to put out records, when it comes to touring we're very self-sufficient, so why not have not have all control over that and why not be steering the ship?"
As for when they may chart a course back into the studio to work on the followup to 'White Crosses,' Gabel says the fall is the target.
"I probably have five songs in my pocket now. It's too early in the process to tell what direction it will go musically or lyrically, or if there's going to be a theme or anything. I'm the type of writer who likes to get a good bulk of songs, maybe ten or 15, and then I'll realize I really like certain ones out of the batch and then I'll pursue the rest of the writing in