The Dirty Projectors' new CD, Rise Above, started when bandleader Dave Longstreth found an empty cassette case. It was for an old Black Flag album, Damaged. "I was kind of like, 'Whoa, there's that album,'" Longstreth says.
Longstreth decided to remake the 1990 punk record — from memory. "I just sort of began writing melodies, and then sort of distinct from the melodies I was making, thinking of the words as well as I could, and then just sort of pairing them as best I could," he says.
The result is more ethereal than thrash, intriguing and hard to catch, and yet true to the original.
The Dirty Projectors' members stop in for a taste of Rise Above.