AND AFTER" (Cooking Vinyl)
Irish Release 18th August 2003
First you build a studio - then you record an album...
Band: The Wannadies
Members: Pär Wiksten, Fredrik Schönfeldt,
We helped Nille Perned, whom we've worked with on two previous albums, to build a studio. It was supposed to take a couple of months - it took us almost a year. We tried our ways with new technology - and old. We learned stuff and found a lot of truths about how things are supposed to be done, truths which were thrown away as we shouted "There are no rules!!"
Ideas for songs started to turn into actual songs. We played them for lovely/mad/fantastic video director Garth Jennings (also made the Hit, Shorty and Big Fan videos) and ace art director X-Lars Sundh (he is behind all Wds artwork since -94), who both started to shower us with ideas about videos and sleeves.
It started to sparkle.
We knew that we wanted to release the album on our own label, intRecords, but realised as well that it would be good to cooperate with some company that had a good, working distribution, and who could help us with promotion and stuff. We played some songs for a few interested partners-to-be and finally decided to release the album in Scandinavia through the Swedish record company National and in the rest of the world through UK company Cooking Vinyl and it's associates.
Early on we had the idea to make the album in two halves, happy versus sad, fast versus slow, or whatever. It was called 'Before & After'.
We decided to make the best record in the world, on our own, and then we did.