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“When I Knew” is a really great song about friendship. Why do you think that songwriters gravitate so much more to romance than songs about friendship? They’re sort of equally universal.
I don't know if that’s true. Again, I listened to all these country songs yesterday, so that’s on my mind. In country music people sing of course about romance, but also about friendship. I think it’s just an easy thing to fall back on. There are more interesting ways to talk about relationships than just, “she broke my heart.” I don’t know the answer, it’s just part of the long tradition of rock music. Guys sing about that to get the girls.
I know that in the past with Fiery Furnaces and even the first record, there was a lot of reworking material live. Has this tour been more about trying to capture the sound of the record?
Yes. I hope that doesn’t sound dull, but I’ve never really done that before. It’s really satisfying to get to hear all those keyboard parts that I haven’t heard for a couple of years.
Is the feeling different?
Well, it doesn’t sound exactly the same. Everyone playing didn’t play on the album, so that’s different. Some tempos are different. But the arrangements are pretty true to the album arrangements. It’s just something I haven’t done before. To me it is exciting. To get some faster recognition from the audience is satisfying after playing in a band for so song long where people don’t know what the hell you are playing.