Feel-good hits of summer

By CHRIS CONTI  |  July 14, 2009

BRENDAN WAS RECENTLY QUOTED SAYING, "WE LOVE POP, BUT WE ALSO LOVE STRANGE AND DIFFICULT BEAUTY." COULD YOU ELABORATE?

BRENDAN: We love beauty, but it's so much better when it feels like you've never seen that particular beauty before. So, in trying to get to something both beautiful and new, we end up with Wheat.

SCOTT: We love staying excited and challenged, and we're always trying to shake up what we do. We tried real hard to break out of the rock dinosaur mold. But we have always tried to avoid being different just for the sake of being different.

I READ AN INTERVIEW WHERE SCOTT SAID, "I'M WAY BLESSED, MY CUP CONSTANTLY RUN OVER AND OVER." THAT SENTIMENT IS SEEMINGLY FROWNED UPON BY THE INDIE SET AND SURPRISED ME CONSIDERING YOUR NIGHTMARISH TRACK RECORD WITH LABELS.

SCOTT: It's all been a gift. I have been able to travel abroad, release five records, sign with the man, had a few people listen and watch, etc. All the while having a complete and utterly fulfilling personal life. All of my boyhood rock 'n' roll dreams have come true, without all of the bullshit.

BRENDAN: Yeah man, the indie rock idea of being downcast and cynical just ain't where we're at. Life is full of beauty and meaning.

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