The Transplants Album Was Not An Easy Undertaking

07/02/2013
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(Radio.com) Despite the ease with which they appear to create the music that thousands of fans go crazy for, punk-rock supergroup the Transplants didn't just whip out their new album In A War Zone over a few days in the studio. Coordinating the schedules of Travis Barker, Tim Armstrong and "Skinhead Rob" Aston is a bit akin to air traffic control.

"The process of recording this album, it fell over a three-year span. We definitely weren't recording every single day," explained Aston to Radio.com. "Sometimes we'd just be working one day a week or one day a month or one day every couple months, because people were out of town.

"We just worked when we could. We did almost the whole album over at Travis' studio. We'd just get in there and write stuff from scratch every day, and it was nice because we all worked together on this album, beginning to end, every song."

The Transplants were formed in 1999 when Aston, a roadie for Rancid, was asked to contribute lyrics to a series of synthetic beats laid down by Armstrong, the Bay-area punk band's frontman. As the all-star group took shape, Barker was asked sign on as drummer. Since then, the band reformed and took breaks several times as a result of having to navigate the hiatuses of Blink-182 and Rancid.

"We've always had really good chemistry together, especially when it comes to creating music," said Aston. "We're all kinda on the same page. Sometimes it's kinda like a dysfunctional marriage but a marriage nonetheless."

In the band's early days, many of the Transplants' songs were simple odes to partying and having a good time. But as Aston confessed, the band has matured lyrically.

"I'll be the first person to admit I've written some pretty f***ing stupid songs that are kind of pointless. They were good soundtracks to get drunk to, but there's more important things to me in my life than just partying. I like to write about things that matter, that can impact someone's life in a good way." more.

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