How have the sights and sounds of traveling and touring affected you?
We're definitely grateful to have had such an amazing experience touring; to be honest, I assumed I would get shot or come down with a case of malaria at some point, and only one of those things happened so we consider ourselves very fortunate.
You mention Virginia Woolf as a big influence. Are there other writers that have been similar influences?
James Joyce has been on my mind for a long time, and I think he is really coming out in the way we conceptualized this next collection on songs we're releasing. Aside from that, being a 20-something suffering from mild depression, you will find your requisite David Foster Wallace references sprinkled throughout some songs (and song titles)(!).
Much of your music sounds like aural versions of Ansel Adams photographs or Monet paintings. Does art have an impact on you? Or do literature and film have larger impacts?
Visual art has always had an impact on our music. Denise's photography in particular has been a huge inspiration, though I also quite enjoy Eggleston and Minor White. If I'm aware of the fact that these wankerly references paint me as the kind of burnt out English major that works at your preferred Starbucks, is it still true? Well it is false; I do not work at Starbucks.