Regarding Wonderlick's songwriting process, Quirk explains: "Good red wine.
I was going to stop there, because that really does sum it up, but for those who give a damn about the mechanics, it's just an extension of those first three words. Jay and I get together and try to enjoy ourselves. Sometimes I show up with a complete lyric, but usually it's just stray lines or potential titles scribbled on cocktail napkins. We tend to start with a beat, or a piano or guitar riff, and build from there. Eventually we'll wind up with a couple different parts, and we'll flip through whatever random words are lying around and sing 'em till we find ones that fit the different parts, with melodies we like. The rest of the lyric will get written as Jay's laying down guitar parts, so the two pieces evolve together in real time. It's a very ground-up process, and a liberating one, too. We began Wonderlick with one rule: you're not allowed to say No to any idea. Everything gets tried, no matter how stupid it might seem. You can say no to something after it's on tape, but there's no arguing allowed about whether or not to pursue a sound one of us is hearing in our head." (Learn more at wonderlick.com