I’m studying my notes for one of my exams that I have tomorrow and just noticed this uncanny typo…
I see you, muscle memory. Maybe I should spend less time searching for keywords ‘Matt Berninger’ and more time being a productive human being in society.
Oh no I just remembered what I did on mushrooms. I played frisbee for like 8 hours on the side of a hill. That’s what I remember. It was a really steep slope, and playing frisbee, and there were no epiphanies with that one so much, other than frisbee is amazing.
Matt Berninger from You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes
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
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
4 reasons why I would like to have been at Austin City Limits (x)
The National at Red Rocks
If I could change our name I would pick The Strokes
- Jian: Matt, people describe the music and your lyrics as "complex." You once described your lyrics as "milky."
- Matt: (laughs) I did?
- Jian: Yes, you did. Apparently neither of us know what that means... you're not sure what you meant by that either?
- Matt: I think I know what I meant
- Jian: Is this something you actively strive for? I mean authors talk about this, I want people to go deep with this instead of just...
- Matt: It's not that they're complicated in the way that there are secret meanings or riddles in the songs. It's that... I mean it happens musically and from the lyrics perspective of... you want to create sort of an alchemy... when I said "milky" I think I was referring to sort of a blurry, not everything's spelled out, not all of the dots are connected, and it's not all colored in, and that is... for me, songs in the past like R.E.M., or Radiohead is an example, Leonard Cohen is an example, where you're not quite sure... it's not clear. And if it's not clear then it allows you as a listener to put yourself in the song, and the song can become about you, and it has that sort of amoebic... it leaves the doors open. And so that's always been... my favorite songs are the ones that I'm not quite sure... like, I think I know in my gut what this thing is about, but I don't know for sure, and that makes it more powerful and more personal to me.
For his part, Berninger looks increasingly like Dos Equis’ Most Interesting Man in the World, and his cryptic lyrics seem like an application for the title.
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