Andy Kim went twenty years without releasing an album before ending the skid in 2010, so a five-year hiatus from delivering another seems highly productive. Kim released It’s Decided on February 24th and, even though he hasn’t recorded a hit in 40 years, found himself receiving a call to perform on the Late Show with David Letterman.
The interest in Kim’s new album can be partially attributed to an unlikely studio partner: Kevin Drew, co-founder of the Canadian indie rock collective Broken Social Scene. Other than being musicians from the Great White North, there aren’t many similarities between Kim and Drew, but the two founded a friendship after Drew performed during Kim’s Christmas show.
“He came to perform on one of the shows because someone says, ‘Hey man, you should come by. It’ll be fun,'” recalls Kim of Drew’s appearance at his Andy Kim Christmas Show, held annually since 2005 at the Mod Club in Toronto. The event features an eclectic lineup of artists, so the genre-gap between the two Canadians became a non-issue.
“We just struck up a conversation, we became friends,” says Kim. “In my world, you write songs and then go into the studio. In his world it’s, ‘Hey, lets see, 1:30 in the morning, let’s go into the studio now.'”
The new approach to recording led the two to re-record a hit single of Kim’s from nearly 50 years earlier; “Shoot ‘Em Up Baby”
The lead single from It’s Decided found its way into the hands of Letterman, who loved the rejuvenated sound of Kim’s classic. Kim will be performing “Shoot ‘Em Up Baby” on the Late Show with David Letterman tomorrow night, March 12th.
Andy Kim’s new album It’s Decided is available through Arts & Crafts now.
Listen to Scott Shannon’s complete interview with Andy Kim below.