October 28, 2005
DC: Going from Lifter Puller to The Hold Steady, was there any trepidation about switching from a punk/indie style to a classic-rock, Springsteen-influenced style?
TK: I think that if you’re doing something that you really like to do and you’re honest about it, and you’re playing your ass off, I don’t care what style of music you’re playing. People are going to respond to it.
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I read Bar Mitzvah Disco last weekend, and it brought back a lot of memories. Many of my friends in Philadelphia were Jewish, so I attended many Bar and Bat Mitzvahs growing up, and the book brought back many warm (and awkward) memories.
"We never thought we'd be in a band, any of us. We were over-educated, and Chris and I wanted to be writers." (They kept that writerly edge with their album title: Love and Squalor was lifted from a short story, For Esme, with Love and Squalor, by Salinger.) "We'd played in campus bands, but we never thought we'd go anywhere. I hate to divulge this, but we were sci-fi themed at one point. We formed a band about being scientists who were going to fight monsters, and we were going to make huge papier-maché monsters who were going to fight each other."
"I have enormous sympathies with people who have been scammed into joining the military and who are put in a horrendous, horrible position for some unknowable geopolitical reason," the singer, songwriter and guitarist explained last week in phone call from his tour van on the road between Boston and Washington, D.C.
"Writing for us happens really quickly," he (Kubler) continues, "and it's generally a really really good time. Let’s be honest: we're not reinventing the wheel here. I mean, we’re a rock and roll band. People have been doing it for a long time. But I think that what we do is a little bit different from how we approach being a band and, obviously, Craig has such an original mind as far as his lyrics and the narrative thread of the song goes. And his voice is so distinct. He’s always gonna be Craig Finn."
"We're more just happy that people come see the band and we get to have a great time playing to a room full of people singing along. I get excited about seeing that kid in the front row who’s just totally freaking out—not about having friends call and tell us about what Entertainment Weekly said about us or whatever. The music itself remains the coolest thing about being in a band like My Morning Jacket."
"I suppose I do think I go out of my way to be a very normal person and I just find it frustrating that people think that I'm some kind of weirdo reclusive that never comes out into the world." Her voice notches up in volume. "Y'know, I'm a very strong person and I think that's why actually I find it really infuriating when I read, 'She had a nervous breakdown' or 'She's not very mentally stable, just a weak, frail little creature'."
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