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After the critical sniping that met Souljacker, E continued to plough on regardless and did what he does best, pumped out a slab of brash indie rock. Although it seems there is more to the recording of Shootenanny! than meets the eye…
“For me, there is an inside story for this album. I had been working on what eventually became the Blinking Lights album and was getting overwhelmed by it and needed a break from it. So for me, Shootenanny! was the thing after Blinking Lights.
"I had been working on all this pretty orchestrated music, I liked the results but that is the least fun way to make music. The funnest way is to get the band together and plug your guitars in. I just needed to go do that and that ended up coming out immediately after Souljacker and nobody knew this Blinking Lights thing was going on.
”[On the birth of the track Fashion Awards] I turned on the TV and there was some fashion awards show on and it felt like a sign of the changing times. Everybody was so excited and focused on complete and utter bullshit and it was getting worse and I was just trying to make some comment on that.
“I think Love of the Loveless is a good song, as well. I think I knew there was an obscure Beatles song called Love of the Loved and I was thinking, ‘What the hell does that mean, what about the love of the loveless, what about those people?’”