Unlike the previous three albums by alt-country five-piece band Micky and the Motorcars, the group — this go-around — had plenty of time to prepare for NAIVE. During recording sessions on the past discs, says front man-lead vocalist Micky Braun, “if a good gig came up, we had to leave the studio.”
Now established as one of the best-drawing bands on the lucrative Texas Music circuit, Micky and the Motorcars had plenty of time to make NAIVE (Smith Entertainment; July 29, 2008), accumulating a large stockpile of songs before members even entered Austin’s Cedar Creek Studios.
“We had a good amount of time off, so we did a lot of rehearsal, working up different arrangements and trying to figure out the right way to play them,” says Braun. “That was kind of grueling, but it worked out.”
Braun collaborated on many of the other songs on NAIVE with musicians such as his brother, Reckless Kelly lead singer Willy Braun, as well as Randy Rogers, Kevin Welch, Welch’s offspring, Dustin and Savannah, and Jack Ingram bassist Robert Kern. The Brauns actually wrote the title track, which Micky Braun calls “your classic wife-cheating-on-the-husband, husband-comes-home thing,” several years ago in their native Idaho. “It never really panned out, so I sat back down, and we ended up getting a good rock ’n’ roll version,” he says.
“Long Enough to Leave,” written by Micky Braun and Randy Rogers, covers familiar territory for someone traveling almost two-thirds of the year. “[It’s about] always being on the road, but never being able to stay,” he says. “Every time you get comfortable, you have to peel out.
“It’s funny,” he continues. “I played this song for my girlfriend and she said, ‘This is about a guy who’s cheating on his wife.’ I said, ‘No, not at all,’ and then I went back and listened to it and said, ‘Wow, that does kind of make sense.’ I think that’s what’s neat about songs: People come up with their own opinions and kind of live in ’em that way.”