Lit Inspired By Being 'Domestic Local Guys' For New LP

Band mixing album this week.

LOS ANGELES — When Lit returned home after two years of roadwork

supporting their breakthrough album, the pop punk foursome opted to live a

little rather than fret about how much was riding on their next record.

"We didn't touch our instruments for like three months," guitarist Jeremy

Popoff said last week, while sitting with his bandmates in the lobby of a

San Fernando Valley studio. "We all bought places right around the corner

from each other, and we were just being domestic local guys. All of a sudden

being back with our friends and going to the same bars that we used to go to

and hanging out in our environment that we used to hang out in made us wanna

write songs again.

"It was interesting to see how all of the touring and the craziness and the

success really didn't inspire us to write — it was coming back to


The still-untitled follow-up to 1999's platinum A Place in the Sun is

due October 9. Lit hope to finish mixing the album, which they're

considering calling either Lit III or Payola Amigos, late this


Singer A. Jay Popoff said the band embraced a back-to-basics approach in

the studio, determined not to mess with what worked so well for them last

time. Sun producer Don Gilmore was again at the boards.

"Our goal was really not to change it much — the whole 'If it ain't

broke, don't fix it' mentality," he said. "I think it's more of a

continuation of A Place in the Sun. It's the next obvious place to go

for us ... We really focused more on getting great sounds — getting a

great guitar sound and vocals, and not worrying about loops and samples and

bells and whistles. It's pretty much just the four of us, recorded well and

turned up. We took kind of a classic rock approach to the recording of this


Lit, which also includes bassist Kevin Baldes and drummer Allen

Shellenberger, used '70s rock records by AC/DC, Foreigner, Billy Joel, the

Rolling Stones and the Cars as models for obtaining a thick, warm rock and

roll feel without over-the-top production.

The quartet didn't strive to branch out much in subject matter either this

time around, sticking with familiar topics like drinking, cars and girls who

make them complete and completely miserable. The Elvis Costello-esque

"Addicted" features the chorus, "I'm so addicted to you/ And you're such a

di-- to me."

"You don't normally call a girl a di--, but there are times when you feel like

it," A. Jay Popoff said. "It's turning roles around a little bit. It's sort of like

'Miserable' — you're addicted to this girl, but she steps all over

you, but you kind of dig it."

"Addicted" is a contender for the album's first single, as is the crunchy,

punchy "Last Time Again" and the sing-along stomper "Lipstick and Bruises."

One departure on the album is the stripped-down ballad "Happy in the

Meantime," which features strings by David Campbell, Beck's dad.

"It's really how it was written with Jeremy and I and a friend getting

together with acoustic guitars," A. Jay Popoff said. "We wrote it for the whole

band to play, but in pre-production Don wanted to hear the lyrics and the

melody really clear, so we turned everything down. Everyone thought it was

really cool to do it that way."

"She Comes" and "Over My Head" are both collaborations with producer Glen

Ballard (Alanis Morissette, No Doubt); the latter song originally appeared

on last year's Titan A.E. soundtrack.

Lit are also planning to release a two-hour home video documentary tracing

their career, including in-studio footage from the making of all three of

their records.

The band plans to mount a full-scale tour early next year.