Austin duo the Wind and the Wave charmed critics and fans alike with their 2014 debut “From the Wreckage.” Vocalist Patty Lynn Drew and producer-guitarist Dwight A. Baker are best friends who just enjoy making really, really good music, and it’s utterly refreshing.
For their second album, Baker handed over the production reigns to Butch Walker, a new experience for both he and Drew, who had never recorded with someone else before. The result being “Happiness is Not a Place,” their sophomore LP under a new label (they hopped from RCA to Island last year) and a poppy first single, “Grand Canyon,” a rapturous toe-tapping departure from their indie folk roots. Baker calls in from a break from the studio to discuss the new single, working with Walker and his personal "Grand Canyon."
Tell me about the first single, “Grand Canyon.” What’s the moral of the story?
That one in particular is about [Patty] on a personal level, and her brother being in a horrible car accident, and a coma on the eve of our first record coming out. I feel on a deeper way, it’s about not taking for granted the moments that you’re given. Go see the amazing things, go do the amazing things.
Is that a self-serving mantra, too?
That’s mainly where the song comes from. Patty is a 28-year-old hermit who has a soul of a 60-year-old, and I’ve had the soul of a 60-year-old since I was six. We just want to eat macaroni and cheese and chill, but you’ve got to force yourself to go out. See the sights.