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It's like that Simpsons joke - they're filming a cow in a movie and they go, 'OK, we'll tape a bunch of cats together to make a cow', and it's like, 'Why don't you just use a cow?'. For some reason that is novel - like, 'Oh, my guitar sounds like a piano and now if I can just get my piano to sound like my guitar'.
I don't like giving names to generations. It's like trying to read the song title on a record that's spinning.
I think when I began, I played distortion more than the guitar. The results of my strumming. Now I play the twang of the string, which is a lot closer to the source of the sound making.
I think there's a lot of naivete and hubris within our mix of personalities. That's probably our worst crime. I keep wondering what a 'mature' record means.
We made happy sounds because we were upset... just trying to make a positive situation out of a negative one.
We're not ever interested in repeating ourselves or doing what people expect us to do, it's such a turn off.
This is fun; consuming our music shouldn't be a responsibility like eating your spinach or something.
Our music doesn't make many compromises, but we take it into a venue that's larger than people expect.
A lot of people on the internet have been saying that there's no way we can pull off a musical in three acts. We just take that as a challenge.1