“The only overdubs we did for that record were for background vocals and strings,” says Nicole, who became pregnant with the couple’s baby boy during the beginning of the recording process. “We wanted something that sounded relevant to what’s going on today, but we also wanted to stick with the simplicity of getting musicians in a room and just playing through the songs as a band. The players were great. They could take a song we’d done a thousand times on the road and give it this new, Seventies throwback style. They added a raw, roots rock & roll vibe that we didn’t have as a duo. They expanded us.”
Released next week, For the Taking feels like a battle cry from two musicians who aren’t afraid to tear their sound down to its foundations and reintroduce themselves as modern-day torchbearers of Seventies folk-rock. It’s an album about growing up and pushing forward.
“We spent so many years dreaming about having kids, about finally buying a house together,” says Nicole. “Josh and I have been married for almost six years, and we’ve been talking about starting a family for a while. At one point, it was like, ‘Why are we waiting? Because we’re broke? Because we don’t know what’s around the corner? If we continue living our lives this way, we’re not gonna live our life.’ That’s where the title of the record comes in. At the end of the day, it’s your life, and it’s right there for the taking.”