By Shana Naomi Krochmal
So you had to resort to costumes?
Smith: We had to resort to costumes. We wore some of the costumes from Gangs of New York, which I don't think anybody would have classified as the gayest movie ever they've ever seen! But as soon as we put them on... We laugh that off. I guess we can't make everybody happy.
I think you made some people very happy.
Smith: We made ourselves happy.
Walker: We played some pretty big places for only having one record out, and more than anything we wanted to make things as visually entertaining as possible. Brendon had this little character he was for the whole show. We had different moments where weird shit happened. I don't know. I don't think it was too gay.
Smith: Also the interaction between band members is something you don't see as much as you used to. We really are good friends, and there are a lot of bands that hate each other. But you used to have these whatever, like Jimmy Page and --
Walker: And Robert Plant, fucking hugging each other on the stage --
Smith: Singing into the same microphone.
Walker: Singing into the same goddamned microphone!
Smith: Yeah. Band interaction, I guess, can sometimes be confused for homosexuality. But it's not, in our case.
Do you think your gay fans are confused about you?
Smith: Me and Ryan just, over the past summer, both recently purchased our first houses. We used the same interior decorator, and she thought Ryan was gay for the first three months! And I had to tell her that he had had a girlfriend for a year and a half. So -- we have talked about it. For whatever reason our personal taste and preference in art and for videos and artwork appeals like that.
Walker: I think everybody's just too afraid to have a good time. Everybody's gotta loosen up a little bit.
Smith: We don't care who likes us -- or who dislikes us.
Walker: And what's the problem if Ryan and Brendon were actually dating, you know? There's not really any problem with that.
Smith: Because they might be.