i knew i loved brian bonz, but seeing him live puts it on a whole new level. justin bieber dildo jokes? randomly bursting out with “IIIIII JUST WANNA FLY” and constantly freestyling. i’ve never laughed so hard at a show. he is perfect.
and mike strandberg just stands in the corner and smiles at him, it’s the greatest thing.
“It’s a pretty flaccid attempt to make a metaphor of having to make a choice between relatively similar systems of belief when so much is at stake. I was not given the opportunity to evaluate the system that [I was] about to sign onto. There are a lot of emotional pleas, ‘Do you feel empty inside?’ ‘Yeah, absolutely.’ So you sign on the dotted line and along with it comes this pork barrel of other things. It’s a reference to (snaps fingers) ‘Everything is at stake. You need to make a decision, if you die tonight…’”—David Bazan on opening lines of “Curse Your Branches”
It has a theme that weaves through most of the tunes in it. It has to do with the title. In the wake of the decisions about my life and my belief system that caused me to write Curse Your Branches, there is the uncomfortable remainder of seeing your family all the time and they believe and you don’t…and that’s somewhat common, I’m finding. But maybe more common is the political dissonance that happens between generations. The political dissonance, in general, that you have to co-exist with people who are vehemently opposed on a political level and how you go about that. It’s a record where I, in a vague sense, voice philosophies and ideas that pertain [to politics] and make accusations.
But then, it’s also a record about how you interact with people who think so differently from you in a fundamental way. Do you dismiss them? Do you pretend like you don’t disagree? Do you try not to talk about it? Do you engage respectfully? Do you let your own ideas become watered-down in the process? So the record is asking questions, but it’s not quite so grand as [Curse Your Branches.] The scale that Branches was on for me was personally pretty massive.
if you don’t know how genius this dude is yet, you should make a serious effort to find out.
Seattle... Opposite side of the country unfortunately
aw! but really, they can’t be cruel enough to announce a spurt of five shows and then disappear completely again. but since telling us their plans is just ~unheard of, i’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.