Creeper Lagoon Anxious To Take Back The Universe

Guitarist Ian Sefchick says band has grown in two years it spent working on second album.

More than two years after releasing their dreamily psychedelic debut, I Become Small and Go, Creeper Lagoon are finally getting ready to release the follow-up, Take Back the Universe (And Give Me Yesterday).

The San Francisco Bay Area band issued a six-song EP, Watering Ghost Garden, in October to help tide fans over, but singer-guitarist Ian Sefchick recently said his bandmates are restless for the album's planned April 17 release.

"It's been very frustrating," Sefchick said. "The songs that we're writing now, they're not completely different, but they're more advanced than when we started writing for the record, because it's been so long. It's like we don't even know who we are anymore. It's kind of, 'Let's get the damn thing out so we can move on and grow.' "

Part of the reason for the delay in releasing the second album has been the band's sessions with no fewer than four producers, including ex-Talking Head Jerry Harrison (Live, Rusted Root), Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev), Greg Wells and Mark Trombino, over the past two years.

"It wasn't like we set out at the beginning and thought, 'Oh, we're going to work with 10 different producers and go to all these different studios and blow all this money,' " guitarist Sharky Laguana said. "It was always that we'd want to work with somebody for the whole record."

"In the beginning, we wanted to do the whole record with [Harrison], and he was like, 'Well, I've got to do this thing and that thing and I just finished up the Live record and I'm starting up garageband.com. So, I've got this and that going, but I've got three and a half weeks right here that are open, and I'd love to do something in that time I've got available.' "

The Dust Brothers' John King aided Creeper Lagoon on several tracks from I Become Small and Go, issued on the Brothers' Nickelbag Records label.

Creeper Lagoon have announced a brief promotional trek, starting on January 25 in Reno, Nevada, during which they'll road test material from Take Back the Universe (And Give Me Yesterday).

Creeper Lagoon tour dates:

  • 1/25 - Reno, NV @ Zephyr Club

  • 1/26 - Sacramento, CA @ Old Iron Side

  • 1/27 - Cupertino, CA @ Fishbowl

  • 1/30 - Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory

  • 1/31 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah

  • 2/1 - Santa Barbara, CA @ The Edge

  • 2/6 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge