Jen Turner told CMU
about the recording of Pigeons
: "In the beginning it was kind of hard - we tried first to record the songs we had already been playing live. That proved to be uninspiring, so we quickly shifted to working on new material. Luke would wake up and put together a loose idea of a song on acoustic guitar. We would all play it together and shape it, and then decide how it was going to be recorded best. Lots of times we'd use the four track as pres and hit the tape really hard with the drums. I love that sound. We had a Toft board and a Tascam 38 1/2" reel-to-reel. The only outboard gear we used was a space echo and the four track! Oh, and something called The Brick, which we used primarily on bass.
I was really proud of how 'Collector' and 'Surprise' came out, they were the first ones that were recorded fully live - I was so nervous! - and I feel like something very special was captured. The guitar amps upstairs in the bathroom and the bedroom, Luke in the downstairs bathroom, Teen [Kristina Lieberson] going direct, me going through The Brick, and Pete just slamming away in the middle of it all. It was like magic - we listened back and I couldn't believe it."