Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff met producer John Agnello, who has worked with artists like Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth and Dinosaur, Jr, just before cutting Okkervil River’s new album Silver Gymnasium. And as the story goes, the two formed a strong partnership in the studio after they fell into their rather impromptu, albeit rigid, recording schedule: wake up early, work hard in the studio, unwind over drinks. It only took a month for this regimen to yield Okkervil River’s gorgeously nostalgic Silver Gymnasium before the two parted ways.
Now a year later, Sheff recently met up with Agnello at a Brooklyn bar to reflect on not just the bond the two formed during the recording sessions, but to hear Agnello impart a bit of his veteran wisdom and share stories from his long career.
The only catch is that, according to Sheff, the microphones in the bar were hidden. You can hear the two discuss Silver Gymnasium’s recording process, among many other things, on Sheff’s podcast below.