They’re like the stockbrokers
Isn’t that so true though? We got to a point where we got so bored playing with these people because we didn’t want to dance, we didn’t want to have fun, they didn’t want to feel that primal emotion that is me screaming into a microphone. How do these people get it? And how do the kids who are cool, how do they not get it? I just think that we’re now beginning to really love playing to an audience that cares. And that audience is not a Pitchfork-reading audience, really. We wanted to transcend blogs, that’s why we signed at Columbia.
How many shows had you played when you played last year at the WFNX show?
But how many shows did we play? I want to say, less than 30, less than 25.
Do you think that it was advantageous to you for where you’re at now, to have gotten it out of the way so early on, to do something like that?
That’s the labelistic way of approaching it. No, you know what it’s done? In interviews, they say, “So what was it like touring with Presidents of the USA and Death Cab for Cutie?” “It was fucking awesome! It was so amazing! We had a great time, they took care of us, and we really felt like we were cared about!” It’s just done nothing but create really stupid Wikipedia entries that are edited a little bit later. All it did was confuse things. WFNX is behind us and we love them, so, yes, at the end of the day, yes, it was awesome.
And now you’re playing the show this year, which is also partly our show.
It’s really exciting because we’re going to be debuting our new way of playing in Boston really soon. It’s really exciting. There was a point in our career, not so distant from where we are now, that we just hated playing shows because it was so painful. Finally we’re looking forward to these things and that’s such a new thing, like, the past few weeks. So the idea of coming back to Boston and all that, which is really risky because you have to go in front of a bunch of people who don’t know who you are, and you have to be prove yourself. I feel like we’ve proving ourselves. I think we’re going to be proving ourselves for another year and a half. It’s all about endurance, and playing this kind of show is really hard, but the challenge is like, we now appreciate the challenge because we feel like we’re working for something– that’s our way of working. We’re really excited
Who was the group who sampled you guys, the rap group?
Chiddy Bang. It’s awesome because hip-hop is such a funny genre to me and when a hip hop artist samples you, you know you’ve hit a melody that works. And it’s so flattering. Chiddy Bang isn’t really well-known, but amazing.
Whenever we see Passion Pit remixes, is that you?
No, it’s actually all Nate. I don’t do it, you know, it’s done by everyone else in the band, you know, sometimes Ayad does them. Ayad just did the Phoenix remix. We’ve been working with [Phoenix] a lot, we really look up to them, whenever we see them, we hang out, and they’re just really amazing guys.