"It makes you question things," he said. "You don't just get in line and say what everyone else says or do what everyone else does.
"Like Black Flag, for instance, since we're going to see Rollins. They had a major role in making people question everything. [You're thinking] 'This is how I feel. I'm going insane, and nobody's singing about that.' And then they come out with something like 'Nervous Breakdown' or 'Fix Me,' and you're like 'Wow! This is how I feel!'"
The guys in Miniature Giant feel pretty good about "The Superhero Chronicles." Over the course of three 12-hour days at Toronto's Drive Studios, they worked with renowned producers Steve Rizun and Mike Liorti to further hone their craft.
"Listening to it in the studio was really different," Workman said of the EP. "Up until that point, we'd only had a little boom-box recording. We just set the recorder up in the band room, hit record, played our songs and stopped when we were done.
"When we were in the studio, we could go back and actually say, 'Well, let's change this guitar part up a little bit.' [We were] able to really work on the songs and craft them, as opposed to just, 'Let's throw a song together.'"
For the 22-year-old Workman, a lead singer for the first time, it was indeed a learning experience. "Especially with vocal arrangements," he said. "That's a little bit of a thing we've been working at."
The best thing about the recording session, he said, was "just being able to work with people who have an ear for it and who do it for a living, who work with people who are where we want to be. Just that environment in general was really informative and eye opening because a lot more goes into it than what people think."
"They were awesome," Ballard added.
"They've worked with The Flatliners, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Mean Tangerine, a lot of big bands that tour the world," Workman added with a mixture of pride and awe.
Miniature Giant has been discussing joining Canadian punks The Motorleague, currently touring the United States, for an East Coast tour next summer.
"It's awesome," Ballard said. "My last band, when it broke up, I thought, 'That's it. That was my last chance.' I was like, 'Well, I'm done.'
"Luckily, I wasn't."
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