For Matthew Whipple, it’s more fun than ever to be in Cymbals Eat Guitars.
Why? Because the Staten Island, N.Y., indie rock band made “Lose,” its third album, which was released last year.
A bigger, more direct record than 2011’s math-rock-ish “Lenses Alien,” “Lose” was deliberately designed to connect more directly, both on record and on stage.
“We wanted to make a record that was more of a rock record, and we wanted to put on a show that was more of a rock show rather than a meticulous indie rock thing,” Whipple said. “I think it was just a natural progression for the band — make a record that is more instantly engaging and a little more fun to play night after night.”
So has that strategy had the desired effect on the band’s live shows so far?
“The shows are, if nothing else, more fun to play,” Whipple said.
The past for Cymbals Eat Guitars goes back to 2007, when guitarist Joseph D’Agostino and drummer Matthew Miller put together the group. The band drew heavily on indie rock of the ’90s and took its name from a phrase Lou Reed used to describe his band the Velvet Underground.
Cymbals Eat Guitars’ 2009 debut album, “Why There Are Mountains,” landed the band on shows with the Flaming Lips and at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago.
But 2009 was also a year of change for Cymbals Eat Guitars. Keyboardist Dan Baer and bassist Neil Berenholz left the group and were replaced by Brian Hamilton and Whipple, respectively.
“Lenses Alien,” the band’s first release on its current label, Barsuk Records, introduced the revamped lineup, and the subsequent tour continued to raise the band’s visibility.
Now “Lose,” which chronicles impending death, disappointment and maturity from D’Agostino’s point of view, has brought more attention to the band.
(Before “Lose” was issued, Andrew Dole took over for Miller.)
“There’s a sense that rock music isn’t the hottest thing to be writing about and talking about,” Whipple said. “But it’s still filling rooms around the world. There are still tons of bands making rock music and people coming to see it.”
That observation was borne out at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.
“We played down there the weekend before the main fest, and we played with some amazing people we’re thrilled to be associated with, like Courtney Barnett, Ice Age,” Whipple said. Rock is “still out there. It isn’t disappearing or anything like that.”
“Lose” is filled with songs that rise to majestic, layered guitar crescendos, which can be difficult to translate in live performance, but Whipple said Cymbals Eat Guitars pulls it off.
“That’s the one main thing live. It has cathartic moments that flow up from within the songs,” he said. “We work really hard to make it that way.”
Cymbals Eat Guitars performs Monday at the RecordBar, 1020 Westport Road. Tickets are $10-$12 through TheRecordBar.com.