"The plan is to get on as many diverse support tours as we can and hopefully someone from every group likes it for different reasons," says Aficionado frontman Nick Warchol. "We'll make our fan base out of subsets of other people's fan bases."
On Aficionado's self-titled debut full length, produced by Bright Eyes' A.J. Mogis and released back in July, the band streamlined its sound considerably, dialing back the proggier aspects of 2010's When It Comes to Creation EP and emphasizing its adrenalized post-punk/indie rock. While the band targeted a specific sound, their methodology in achieving it was fairly organic.
"On the EP, we were touring here but we weren't really familiar with each other yet," Warchol notes. "When we went in to record the new record, we were a lot more focused, and when we wrote it the ideas came together a lot easier. That comes from being on the road and everybody figures out what their role is and the way they operate most effectively to benefit the song."
Narrowed focus aside, Aficionado retains an astonishingly eclectic energy that is brilliantly magnified in a live setting. That magnification required slight recalibrations to avoid problems with Warchol's impassioned delivery. "My voice was getting blown out singing in the style on the EP," says Warchol. "When we started to write, I found a more comfortable range and style, and now we can play a million shows and my voice gets raspy but it never blows out."
Aficionado's seed was planted seven years ago by Warchol, guitarist James Kehoe and drummer Mark O'Brien when they were attending various New York colleges. After line-up adjustments, a lengthy hiatus and a philosophical musical shift ("For a minute, we were trying to see how many members we could get and still be a band...we were a prog rock version of the Polyphonic Spree..."), the band settled into the punky/proggy direction that defined When It Comes to Creation; ultimately, Aficionado "slimmed down" to seven members and established its current path.
Aficionado's 2012 calendar is stacked with incredible opportunities — a European tour, opening for much of the Electric Six's spring tour dates and hitting South by Southwest — resulting in the band being seen by many different potential fans. "It's important to hook them with something streamlined and less weird," says Warchol. "But it still maintains weirdness."
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