Mads Jensen: Hi. This is gonna be a round of bs questions because I am seventeen-year-old senior in high school and dont have much interview experience. Okay, so did you (Josh, Lilah, & Ezra) meet?
Ezra Miller: I met Lilah in middle school. Josh fell out of a wormhole & onto a train, which then brought him to us.
MJ: What’s some cool music?
E: We love the Band, notably the album called Music From Big Pink.
Josh Aubin: Speaking in Tongues by Talking Heads.
Lilah Larson: Dusty in Memphis by Dusty Springfield. & Crass’ The Feeding of the 5,000
MJ: Musical influences?
E: To me, inspiration is a Willy Wonka machine. A number of ingredients enter, their contacts & origins unknown, & art comes out. I can’t explain it.
J: I feel most inspired by the sound of light, particularly the scale of indigo.
L: I’m influenced by Josh.
MJ: Who writes most of your music, or is it a collective effort?
J: I do.
L: Christopher Marlowe.
E: What they mean is that we all write the songs that we sing.
J: No, I mean that I write all of it.
E: Josh that’s blatantly untrue.
L: We write the beginnings on our own & then flesh them out collaboratively.
MJ: Ezra- you act. How does that inform or affect your music?
L: Well, one thing is we get asked that question an awful lot.
E: Yeah, I’d say that’s the number one thing. I mean, we’re all deeply interested in film-
J: I hate film.
E: -& I think that informs us. Our love of film & Josh’s love/hate.
MJ: Where’s been your favorite place to do a show?
L: San Francisco, Albuquerque, Los Angelas, New Orleans…
J: My own hippocampus.
E: New York City- you guys are fucking traitors.
L: Yes, home is where the heart is I suppose.
J: I hate fucking New York. Just kidding- I hate New York.
MJ: Most challenging aspect of traveling around together?
L: Like any relationship, communication.
J: Communal chafing. Purple monkey dishwater.
MJ: The best part?
L: Being in a band.
E. (sings) La muuuusicaaa. That’s from Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights- write that down!
J: The best thing about being in a band? Lilah & Ezra.
MJ: Plans for the future?
E: I’m looking forward to jetpacks & entire meals in pill form.
J: I hope to reinvent the straw. With the profit I will secure the land for a small farm, on which I will grow squash, pepper, artichoke, & salmon. Afterwards, I shall begin to build a spaceship & a time ship & I will travel the cosmos searching for meaning, prosperity, hope, & humility. Afterwards, I will die.