The Waifs

The Waifs

Compass Studios, Nashville, February 2007. Nobody's fretting about making an album here, much less the challenge of following a triple-platinum, multi-award-winning independent roots music landmark of five years earlier.

As tourists take pictures of the studio's scarred back wall – the place where Waylon Jennings is said to have practised throwing his bowie knife between takes back in the '70s – this band is just here to take stock after a break; to sing, play, kick ideas around.

Then an album happens – kind of a spontaneous souvenir,... more