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"When she said, 'Learn how to record, how to make records [at home],' it made sense to me," Walker says. "I was in a bad job that was bumming me out, bumming out the house, so that's what I'm doing now. I had a month to learn before we made this record."
His one daily goal is erasing things off the to-do list scrawled on a giant chalkboard sitting in their kitchen.
"Unfortunately, sometimes it has eight things and I only get one," Walker says, grinning. "I'm sure more will be added tomorrow."
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The duo are gearing up for a busy March performance schedule, stating that Zero Zero as a live experience — which includes drummer Ramirez — takes on a grittier reality compared to the clean lines of Mayday, the debut album.
"They are two different animals," Walker says. "The guitar playing on the record is pretty controlled, and live, I don't know how to not do what I've always done. It's louder. We use the song as a core, and then when we play it live, we embellish it."
"The live show is more rock," Laurenne agrees. "We didn't have it in our heads going in, but that's just where we gravitate . . . When we get on stage, we like to come out of our shell and turn it up."
Though Love Me Nots fans mostly have ignored Zero Zero, the band has proved popular with a mix of indie rock and electro fans that "get the whole dance floor thing — the lasers and that vibe," Laurenne says.
Laurenne and Walker, however, are not satisfied with where Zero Zero currently resides, and are constantly tweaking the sound.
"The original idea, we didn't quite nail it. I had an idea of what it wanted to be, but it just didn't turn out that way," Walker says.
"I thought it would have the broader appeal than I think it does," Laurenne says, then adds confidently, "But it's still an infant, finding its feet and learning what it wants to be when it grows up."
That's something worth waiting for.