This record is a pretty big sonic shift for the band. What limits were frustrating you about the typical rock-band sound palette, and how did you decide where to go next?
But were you nervous about how your core fanbase would react to this? It seems like if a band today makes one wrong move, people just move on to the next thing. Did that worry you in this new writing process?
How did this new electronics-heavy format affect your songwriting? You're known for very lyrical, imagery-driven songs, and that's sometime a tough thing to square with the precision of electronics. How did you get out what you wanted to express emotionally, but adapt to this format?
You're known for pretty physical and dramatic sets. How did introducing all these electronic elements (which usually come with some degree of playing along to samples or click tracks) affect how you present yourselves on stage?
What was exciting and scary about learning to produce? It's such a different job than writing songs on an instrument like a guitar or piano, which means a whole new set of very complicated things to learn, and a whole new arena to express yourself.
How do you feel about your second record and that time in your career? There was such a huge groundswell of support and popularity after the first LP. But the second LP didn't make quite the same impact, and you've changed your sound pretty dramatically after that. Was the reaction to that second album any cause for some soul-searching about what you wanted out of the band and where you needed to go next?
You were one of the last local bands to come out of the Silver Lake/Echo Park residency circuit and become a major international act. Do you feel lucky to have come of age in that era? Do you think that a band like yours could come out of Silver Lake today and get to where you are?