By Brian Ives
When David Nail began working on what would become his new album, Fighter, he was describing it as his “lovemaking” album. But life changed quickly for him: he and wife Catherine soon became parents to twins (they were born in December 2015), and he felt that his album needed to reflect that.
“It started out very personal, the first two songs we wrote for it were ‘Fighter’ and ‘Home,’ which were both very much about me and my life,” he tells Radio.com. “But at some point, the songs we were cutting got very… ‘love-making-esque.’ I remember when we were done making the record, I went home to Missouri. I was about to play it for my parents, and it was hard to find a song that was appropriate to play for my parents with me in the room.”
But the baby making album soon turned into an album inspired by having babies.
“I became a father for the first time, and I remember putting the record we had finished on in the car for the first time, and it didn’t speak to me the way it had previously. Thus began the initial thoughts of potentially going back in and recording some new music. As a result of that, I ended up cutting ‘Old’s Man Symphony’ and ‘Babies,’ which were both extremely personal to me.”
He notes that the original version of the album wasn’t bad, it just no longer accurately fit his life. “It wasn’t like there was a song that I hated, or something that didn’t sound right. It just didn’t move me the way it had.”
David Nail is currently on the road; check out his dates at Eventful.