The Decemeberists still had regular jobs when they recorded their Her Majesty The Decemberists album after signing to local label Kill Rock Stars. Multi-instrumentalist Chris Funk recalled to Uncut.
"I remember writing the middle section to 'Los Angeles, I'm Yours,' with Colin (Melroy, vocals). We were living together at the time in this blown-out warehouse. We got a string section in, but I had to work the day we recorded them. Colin was like, 'Aren't you coming?' 'I have to work!' It's so funny thing, thinking about it now."
Melroy added: "I remember being very concerned about my vocal takes. I was eating these Slippery Elm lozenges, because I was terrified of losing my voice. I can hear that on the record. I was over thinking my vocals way too much."
Boston leader Tom Scholz went back to his job at Polaroid after releasing the group's debut album. When his co-workers kept coming by to tell him "More Than A Feeling" was playing on the radio, he knew it was time to quit his day job.