“It looked so suspicious, I had to go to see what was in it… I opened it up and — this is absolutely true — there, inside the box, was a headless chicken and a double-ended dildo. It’s where this band started — inspiration struck.”—Matt Berninger on finding a cardboard box in South Brooklyn in 1996
Laura Marling’s mysterious project “Experiments in Awkwardness” was born in Glastonbury a few months ago and built around a simple idea: Take two strangers, put them in a room and play them one song for a very short, very exclusive concert. No frills; no cameras, microphones or accompaniment.
“But, yeah, the record goes all over the place, and our band has always kind of gone all over the place. And this record particularly, we let go of any anxiety of what kind of band we’re supposed to be or what kind of band is a cool kind of band, and so we just chased the songs. And I think part of it is I’ve got a 4-year-old daughter, Aaron’s got a baby girl and Bryan’s got two little boys, and I think there’s — having kids gave us some perspective … that actually our band isn’t that important. You know, if it disappeared tomorrow, we’d be fine and it’s not the center of our universe. And so, in a strange way, we made a very unguarded record because we weren’t so worried about disappearing overnight as a band, which can happen easily. I think we just stopped worrying about all that stuff that never helped us write songs in the first place.”—Matt Berninger on Trouble Will Find Me (x)
“We can all sit around and say, “Wouldn’t it be cool to get two rhinoceroses to stand upside down and then paint them red and then everyone would look at it because it would mean this or that” or some kind of artistic thing for art’s sake, or art for art’s sake, or improvisation for improvisation’s sake… I think that’s cool, and there’s been plenty of people that have furthered the envelope in art and music because of their experimentation. But I think for me, the music that really has always resounded with me — and art as well — is when it feels a little bit like it’s coming from a person. And it’s coming from a visceral place. A place that is maybe trying to… attempt to explain something that isn’t quite explained yet. And I guess that’s what I was trying to do, and I think by trying to write songs in a subconscious way, I’ve ended up with something I’m pretty proud of that I didn’t know I was capable of doing.”—Justin Vernon on writing Bon Iver, Bon Iver From this interview with NPR
I can’t wait to be home and go skiing and be with a lot of people I’ve been missing for a while and drive places for no reason and go to Red Rocks in the middle of the night and cuddle with my dog and just be away from this tedious routine for a few days.