This interview took place on: 6/16/09.
About the same. About the same as the last one did. But, I guess what I've been told is that the music industry as a
whole has been on the decline pretty steadily since the last record came out. But it's selling just about as much as the last
record was at this time, so that's a good sign. That means it's actually an improvement if you adjust for the decline of the
They've really supported us. They love the record, or at least they say that they do. They've backed it up, you know,
they've given us a good budget for the project and for the recording itself, and we made a video and they let us do whatever we
wanted. They're very open to our ideas, and they didn't make us do anything. All signs of a label that is happy with a band.
Michael: It's "The Fox, the Crow and the Cookie."
Michael: Yeah! I think it might be online pretty soon.
Michael: Well, when we ended up recording this record, it started off as, like, maybe an acoustic song,
where in the past, we would come up with a big guitar sound, like an instrumental rock song, then we'd put vocals over it.
I think we tried to be a little less guitar rock, and if we did do a big guitar rock sound, it was just one guitar instead
of two. Things like that.
Michael: Yeah, and also we were rocking out in the basement with four members instead of five, so it was
different for us, you know? We were used to a certain line up, and then Chris left, so it was just the four of us.
It kinda prompted Aaron [Weiss] to play more guitar, an acoustic guitar, and it prompted him to play more keyboard and the
Michael: Yeah, he can play drums, guitar, accordion, keyboards, you know, he can get by.
Obviously he's not like a master of any of those instruments, but he does just exactly what he needs to do with them to write
Michael: Well, let's be honest. We've never had the dilemma of trying to keep a mass audience on our side.
We've never had to deal with how to continue to enjoy amounts of success. We've just never been successful like that.
We've never been extremely popular in the first place. You know what I mean? We never had any reason to keep putting out the
same record over and over again. You know, like Nickelback will put the same exact-sounding song. They make a hit and then
their next single sounds like a formulated version of the last one, and I'm sure a lot of that has to do with them wanting to
keep their audience. You know, not to single them out, but we just don't have those kind of challenges - we're not a very big
band. Secondly, and this is actually more of the meat and potatoes of it all, it really just comes down to wanting to see what
else we could do with our music. Sure, the album we made has not broken any major barriers in music, but for us it was
different and exciting. For us it was breaking barriers, and I think that's what keeps us interested in making music.
Michael: Like the sexual stuff?
Michael: I have no idea. I do know that at no point any of us thought about what stores would carry our
CD and which ones wouldn't when writing the songs. I just feel like Aaron wanted to write that song and there wasn't
anything that was gonna stop him. The label was cool with it, though they did ask Aaron to write sort of an explanation of the
lyrics and he did that and everyone was fine with it. But I don't know what that song is really about. It's about a lot of
different things probably. So if I tried to sit here and think about it and tried to explain it, I would probably just be
hitting one little area.
Michael: That's about Aaron's adventures in hitchhiking and train-hopping.
Michael: Yeah, it's all about experiences he's had.
Michael: That's a fable that me and my brother [Aaron] used to hear when we were kids growing up.
Michael: Um... this guy Scott McMicken. He's a really good guitar player. I wish I could be as good of a musician as he is.
Michael: I feel like religion is a good thing. I'm not sure if it's really the point ultimately, but it's something that provides people with structure, like traditions that point to very important things.
Michael: I don't know if this is our last album. I hope not. We don't have any plans to make another record anytime soon, but we just now finished making the last one. So we'll see what happens.
Michael: I like "Cattail Down," "The Beetle King [on a Coconut Estate]," "Every Thought a Thought of You," um, I like "Timothy Hay," um... I said "The Beetle King..." already, but that one's my favorite.
Michael: We've all been doing our own things, like going back to school, and I've been substitute teaching, but yeah, I've got some free time. I've been enjoying some free time.
Michael: I love playing sports. Baseball and ice hockey are my two passions. I love those two sports very much.
Michael: Just thank you very much!
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