Interviews can get boring for a band on the promotional trail. Okkervil River, telling people why they should buy The Stand-Ins, came up with a good solution to keep it interesting: Sing your responses. Will Sheff didn’t make Rolling Stone’s singers list, but he and his cohorts do a good job. MTV says the band wrote all the vocal lines exclusively for them (it’s one vocal line over and over), but that doesn’t cover their cover of New Pornographers’ “Challengers,” which they intone while answering a question about covers. Clever. You’ll also learn about Sheff’s “secret shame crush” and the making of the “Lost Coastlines” video.
On releasing a double album
On cover songs
On Will’s secret shame crush
On meeting rock and pop stars
On the video for “Lost Coastlines”