UNIVERSAL CITY, California — There's only one artist She Wants Revenge have ever been interested in collaborating with: Timbaland.
So when the hip-hop producer invited the dance-rock duo into the studio recently, it's safe to say it was a career highlight for the latter.
"So much of our influences [are] soul music, hip-hop ... so to be able to collaborate with the producer who's been leading the way for the last decade in urban music, for us, is like a return to a huge part of who we are," singer Justin Warfield explained backstage at KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas festival in December (see "Fall Out Boy Feel Like Losers While Foo Fighters Win Big At Radio Fest").
"It was actually one of the most amazing times in the studio," Adam 12 added. "It was just a pleasure watching him create and bring this track that he brought us in on to life."
The yet-untitled collaboration will be included on Timbaland Presents Shock Value, a compilation due in March that features bands like the Hives and Fall Out Boy next to rappers like Dr. Dre and 50 Cent (see "Timbaland Nabs 50 Cent, Dr. Dre For LP, Starts Timberlake Gossip Frenzy").
"I don't think that anybody's heard anything like it," Warfield said of their track. "It's just a true collaboration between the best of what he does and the best of what we do. I think that it goes beyond putting a hyphen in between two musical genres, and it goes beyond radio format and beyond preconceived ideas about style. I feel like we're really pushing something forward with him and creating something brand new."
She Wants Revenge were surprised by Timbaland's open-mindedness in the studio (given his specific signature sound) and say they will take that philosophy into their own production work, which they hope to pick up in 2007.
Along with making tracks for other artists, the guys also plan to start working on their second album in the near future. "We're two guys who have always had access to a studio whenever we wanted to work on something, and it's been a really long time for us without actually being able to go in and be creative and express a lot of the stuff that we've been holding inside for the last year and a half or so," Adam 12 said. "So we just want to get in and knock it out."
She Wants Revenge have a few leftover songs from their last album and a couple of new things in the works, but will mostly be starting from scratch. "We like to write in a different headspace and environment than the back of a tour bus or a soundcheck," Warfield said. "For us, it's more about processing everything that's happened over the year, then, like, clearing your head, getting in the studio and starting fresh. A lot of bands, if they're writing on the road, it kind of reflects in the material, but the way we create music is quite different."
Warfield and Adam 12 are also going in without any major objectives. "We speak a little bit about certain things that we want to do, certain sounds that we want to have incorporated or little things that we may want to change, but we don't think about that too much," Adam 12 said. "We just see how we're feeling that day and start a song and see where it goes."
"We're just going to continue to make dance music the way that we make it," Warfield added. "A lot of bands, with their second album, a lot of factors come into play, and they overthink things or they get nervous. We couldn't be more relaxed about the whole thing. We didn't expect anything to happen with our first album. We made it for ourselves, and it turned out that there was an audience for it. So now that we have an audience for it, we're going to make another album for ourselves, and hopefully they'll like that one as well."