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March 8, 2003

We're Not Against The Bass

Jack and Meg talk to the New York Times Magazine about their new album, Elephant:

In other words, kids need discipline. That sounds counter to the rock 'n' roll ideal.

JACK: It's not counter to us. It's what our band is about. We're white people who play the blues, and our problem was how do we do that and not be fake? Our idea was to strip away everything unnecessary, to put ourselves in a box, to make rules for ourselves.

What sort of rules?

JACK: In live shows, we never play from a set list. The last record, we said, no guitar solos, no slide guitar, no covers.

And no bass?

MEG: The last record had no bass. This one has some bass. We're not against the bass.


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