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What is Dan’s favorite song from the record to play live?
Britt: He’s going to say “My Love Is Real” because he doesn’t have to play an instrument. [He] gets to just hold a microphone and go off into the crowd.
Dan: [The L: You already answered this one when responding about Britt, so what’s your favorite of the cover songs you’ve been playing live?] Of the covers we play? I guess I like “Doom Town” by the Wipers a lot. It has that real punk energy that’s fun to play.
If Dan wasn’t in a band, what would he do for a living?
Britt: Well, I know he was working as a telemarketer at one of his last jobs before going fulltime into music, [but] I think he’d be a cook. He takes a lot of pride in his cooking. He does a lot of fancy stuff, and I never know what he’s doing. He’s a lot more in depth about it than I am.
Dan: A drug dealer in Eastern Europe. Or, no. I wouldn’t be a drug dealer in Eastern Europe; I’d be a show promoter there.
What is Dan’s worst habit?
Britt: I’m supposed to guess what he says, right? He might’ve said smoking... How many answers have I gotten right? Or are you not supposed to tell me that yet?
Dan: The incessant smoking.
Dan mentioned that you’re both based in L.A. now, but if he didn’t live there or in Montreal, where would he live?
Britt: Hmm. New York?
Dan: Bucharest. [The L: Would you ever consider New York?] I’d be afraid my love affair with New York would eventually wear away, which makes me not want to live there. Every time I visit there, it’s like Christmas. I wouldn’t want it to lose its luster, you know?
What actor would play Dan in a movie about his life?
Britt: Wow, that is a tough one. Hmm… [The L: You know, you’re allowed a pass.] I’m going to have to pass on that one.
Dan: It depends. If there is a time machine that I could use to erase all those shitty National Treasure movies, then I’d go with Nicolas Cage. [The L: Time machine accounted for.] Then I’ll go with Nicolas Cage. He really has done some incredible acting through the years—I’d even include Face/Off in there. For every good movie, though, there’s three National Treasures or some shit. It’s sort of a real bummer.
Who is Dan’s musical idol?
Britt: Joe Strummer.
Dan: Joe Strummer of The Clash.
What is Dan’s favorite Spoon record?
Britt: Soft Effects.
Dan: The Soft Effects EP and then the last record, Transference. I’ll be really into different albums at different times though. They’ve never put out a bad song—every record is full of hits. I started listening to Spoon in high school, along with The Fall, another one of my all-time favorite bands. I must’ve been 15 or 16. I played in some ratty hardcore punk band and read this ‘zine based in Oregon that would always talk about Spoon, so I went and mail-ordered Telephono and the “Not Turning Off” 7-inch from Matador. I didn’t tell the ratty skate punks. I didn’t think they’d appreciate them. It was a secret a love. They’re one of the only bands that have never let me down.