Ready To Reinvent Love

12.3.2008

By Shana Naomi Krochmal

If you're not going to get stoned every day, what will you do now that you're no longer on tour and not yet recording?
That is a good question. It's been about nine months since we had any time off, but it only takes a few days of having nothing to do to get really bored. Shane has written a script for a movie that we think is really great. I personally want to be a part of making it.

What kind of part? Acting?
Definitely not acting, I can tell you that. Anything I can be a part of with the production of it, or even just being on set to get the experience of what it's like being on the other side.

Do you have any sense of the sound of the next album?
We don't really have a good idea, but a lot of the difference between the first and second albums came from not writing for the first year. If you take that big long break, it's really hard to even get a record out every two years. It will probably be a little more similar to our last record. But at the same time, we're still getting into other things. Music, not -- other things. [Laughs] We're working on things that we had started writing while on tour, and we'll be starting to do demos now that we are back home and have time. I don't think we'll have any sort of rigorous schedule the first month or so. We want to put out a record next year, so have to get our shit together to be able to do that.

If you could give one album that you love to everyone you know, what would it be?
Let me go over to my iTunes here. I'll give two answers. One album that I've been listening to a lot lately is the new Killers record. Just like both of the first records, it took a few listens. With Sam's Town, I did like the single, but then all of a sudden, two months later, I was like, Fuck, this shit is so good. How did I not know that from the first time? For the other one, I'll choose Dr. Dog's Fate, which is really good. They're a current band from Philadelphia we found out about from Ryland in Cobra Starship. Judging from the music we probably share a lot of the same love of music from the '60s and '70s.

When I talked to Pete Wentz about how your sound and look have changed, he said, 'They're more gay in a totally other way.' What do you think he meant?
[Laughs] He sounds so smart, you know... Let me try to dissect what that could possibly mean. It's definitely true that we're totally gay, and that's the first point that should be made. When we came out with the first record, there was a very specific style and look that we had for that. Then a lot of people thought that it was really strange that we weren't just going to perform under a circus top forever. So I think that what he's trying to say is that the first album, people thought we were gay, especially Brendon -- which may be true. Undetermined at this point. He doesn't have a wife, so' And on the second album, they thought we were gay, but like gay hippies with beards. And so it is a whole other kind of gay. It's still there, it's just presented a little bit differently. But maybe that's completely bullshit. Maybe even Pete couldn't figure out what he meant.

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