How did Jim becoming the primary lyricist, help make Porcelain better? We each believe that Jim made an incredible step up. It gives a focus to the record, even though each of the songs are different. How do the sound of your new album and "Wiretap Scars" compare? They are completely different and it primarily due to the fact that we recorded live, not to say that Wiretap is inferior, but this record flows and moves and has tension pulsing all through it. How long did it take to write and record Porcelain? Writing was six weeks, six weeks in the studio, and 3 weeks doing vocals in El Paso. With "Wiretap Scars" you toured all over the U.S. and Europe, will you be doing the same with the new album? But of course, we are working band and love to tour. What is your opinion on the current government, and the War in Iraq? I think it is obvious. I do not believe in a war for oil and I do not support our current President. Have you found it harder to tour in some foreign countries since the war started? To a certain degree, because many people believe that every citizen in the U.S. supports the current president and war. So they actually believe that we do as well. Plus we don't feel very safe traveling abroad because there is a lot of hate for Americans around the world right now. Did you get a chance to hear the Mars Volta "De-Loused in the Comatorium", and what did you think about it? Sure, but I think that is a silly question ask because there are many other albums that are out there. Why only ask about that one... humm. Besides I am not going to talk shit, like you are probably hoping that I do. You covered a song on the Jawbreaker tribute, how did you get involved with that and how has Jawbreaker influenced your band? We originally were asked to do it and were given the freedom to choose any song from their catalog. We all thought it would be fun to do. Jim is a huge Jawbreaker fan, so that was very cool for him. I never really listened to them but when we were working on the song I became a fan.
I do not believe in a war for oil and I do not support our current President. Matt Miller
Published on May 18, 2009
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