How does the songwriting process occur for the band? Does someone bring in a song, or is it just a collaboration?
Richard Edwards: Um, I bring in songs then everyone works on their parts and whatnot together. They bring another level to it
Chris Fry: We throw a bunch of crap on the wall and see what sticks.
Richard Edwards: Yea, see what sticks
What is more nerve wracking, releasing your first album and wondering if people will catch on to your band, or releasing your second and having to live up to the greatness of the first?
Richard Edwards: We have not experienced either one (laughs). I thought the first one would be worse, but so far the second one has been kind of shitty.
Erik Kang: I was dancing (laughs)
Casey Tennis: There was a big talk about him.
Erik Kang: It was some hard times.
Casey Tennis: It was called 2001 a Space Odessy
Erik Kang: Yes, exactly
Richard Edwards: We went to the strip club after that Arcade Fire show we couldn’t get into
Richard Edwards: Retire.
Erik Kang: Go back to the pole.
Erik Kang: Once a stripper, always a stripper
What was your first musical obsession? The first piece of music that you really loved?
Casey Tennis: ‘Cats’
Richard Edwards: ‘Fiddler on the Roof’
Erik Kang: ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’
Richard Edwards:’Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?’ (laughs)
Where do your song titles come from? Some of them are quite unusual say for instance, ‘A Children’s Crusade on Acid’ and ‘The Ocean (is bleeding salt)?
Richard Edwards: New York, Chicago, LA, no San Francisco
Richard Edwards: Definatly not! (laughs)
I have heard that the band has lived in one house together. Do you still live together?
Richard Edwards: No we all have big houses of our own now.
Richard Edwards: Stacey Novak does the artwork and we give her ideas but then she comes up with awesome stuff that is better than our ideas would be.
Who are your influences?
Richard Edwards: I’d know where i’d be going every night then…
Casey Tennis: You didn’t say ‘Graceland’
Richard Edwards: Yea,‘Graceland’ I guess. ‘Pinkerton,’ uh, Spoon ‘Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga’
Emily Watkins: I think you were missing a ‘Ga’
Richard Edwards: I beg to differ
Chris Fry: I beat your ass the last time we played
Richard Edwards: I don’t remember that
Casey Tennis: Cranium!
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Erik Kang: That was my dancing name. You know ‘Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos’
Thats a long dancing name..Richard Edwards: Thats what she said! (laughs)
What made you decide to release ‘Animal’ and ‘Not Animal’ at the same time? I heard it was because your record label wasn’t too fond of ‘Animal’, and they wanted you to release ‘Not Animal’.
Richard Edwards:Its a ploy to make a shit ton of money, and it suceeded.
Chris Fry: But we did get to put out 19 songs.
Richard Edwards: Yea they kind of got a good scam going. We got paid for like 3 songs.