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How have you found fans’ reactions to your really diverse sounds?

It’s kind of become part of our identity. I get the feeling that the fans that we have are often fans of ours because of the variety in our music. There have been some people that have said to us, “Your first album was my favorite album and I feel that you’ve kind of moved away from that sound.” But we do get a lot of fans that come up and tell us that every album has built on the one before, and has gone to a new rich place.

The Sticks seems so much darker, not just thematically in the lyrics, but also musically — it’s a heavier album as a whole. From your perspective, what caused that tonal shift?

Our taste (laughter). It’s our first real stab at a concept album. The theme was one of disenchantment with society on a large, chaotic scale. The album itself was an expression from the point of view of one who becomes miserable within that realm, and looking for freedom from that. It only makes sense that it comes from a dark place. Whereas, I think that the songs before were also dark; the lyrical content certainly was dark, and it very often didn’t juxtapose with the bright, almost happy-sounding music, which to some extent might have made it seem a little darker.

Can you talk about the band’s approach to live performances?

One thing that we try to add to our live performance is a sense of fluidity. We segue a lot from one song to the next. We like to create an element of a continued experience from the beginning of the show to the end so that the show itself has a lot of meaningful movements to it that can hopefully keep people’s attention within the music. Speaking personally, I tend to lose interest when a band plays a song for three and a half minutes and then the crowd cheers and then they talk for a little bit and then they play a song and then they stop… As a band we all feel that a show shouldn’t have too many of these stops, that peoples’ attention spans are an easy thing to break, especially on a large scale. And that includes our own. We like to play music, and. not. stop.

So no jokey banter then?

There’ll be some of that too, perhaps less so than a lot of other bands. We do try to keep it focused on the music and build a show that remains true to the entire message of the journey.

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