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The L: Was that part of the reason you guys moved to New York?
CC: Naw. I had been thinking about it for a while. All my extended family lives here, so I've been coming here since I was a 5-year-old. We were putting it off for a long time because we were touring so much, but as you get older—or as you continue being in a band—you just kind of make a decision that you have to live your life even with all this crazy scheduling shit happening. So we just did it.
The L: Did you consider any other cities?
CC: We just felt like we wanted to move somewhere that was very different than San Francisco, so there's kind of two ways you can go: go to the country, or go to the most cityish place. We're in a band, so we decided we're going to come to New York.
The L: I was going through some of your old tour dates, and it seems like you guys have played a bunch of venues here. Do you have a favorite place to play in the city already?
CC: I don't know if I can pick favorites yet. Bowery was awesome, probably the best. Mercury Lounge is really fun. I mean, the Market Hotel—I had no idea what I was getting into, but it ended up being really fun. There were some sound issues and stuff because we were the first band, but it was just completely insane and packed.
The L: This is your third year at SXSW. Do you even know how many shows you're playing yet?
CC: Well, we wanted to do, like, three. I think we're doing seven. We just got a lot of good offers and didn't want to turn them down.
The L: Have you learned anything from the last two go-arounds that could benefit you this time?
CC: I think just knowing what to expect is pretty powerful. The schedule is intense and chaotic. But no matter what you do, you can't prepare. Just know it's going to be a shit-show.
The L: Do you feel any pressure going into it this year knowing you're one of the buzzier bands?
CC: The odds are always working against you at SXSW. The sound's bad, it's all rushed, you're in these kind of fake venues a lot of times. I guess I'm always nervous about it sounding right. And with playing so many shows, trying to make each one kind of special is tough.
The L: How long has your kid brother played in the band?
CC: My brother is a recent addition. It's amazing. I guess it could be really bad, from stories I've heard, but it's ended up being awesome.
The L: As kids, did you say to each other, ''We're going to be in a band one day!"?
CC: Not at all. Basically, we've just gotten along so well all our lives, and we've always seen eye to eye. Musically, there's no equivalent to someone that you've lived with and have been raised the same way and listened to the same music growing up. It's just so amazing on a gut level, how easy it is.