Page 4 of 6The L: I know you put together some Woodsist Festivals on the West Coast. How did that come about?
The L: And you play a date in L.A. too—are West Coast audiences different then East Coast audiences?
JT: Hmm, I don't know. I don't know how much "East Coast" I know other than New York. The L: The correct answer is that East Coast is better.
JT: Well, we always say that this is our favorite place to play—Brooklyn. But, Big Sur? Not bad.
The L: I realize this is probably somewhat of a stereotype, but I imagine people on the West Coast being really receptive to a band like yours. The vibe of your music and the California culture just seems to go hand in hand, Grateful Dead comparisons aside.
JT: I would think so, but what we're both probably thinking of is, like, 30 years ago. I'm sure it still exists, I hope. The friends I have there are definitely on that same wavelength, but I don't know if that's actually the reality of what's going on. But we'll see. The last time we were there was right after Songs of Shame came out, so I'm curious.
The L: And Real Estate is playing with you on those dates?
JT: Yeah, they're flying out and playing those two and then the last half of our short tour.
The L: You and Real Estate are shaping up to be Brooklyn's version of Bright Eyes and Cursive back in their Omaha days. Not musically, obviously, but in terms of being at the hub of a close-knit community at a certain place and time and playing together so much. The Brooklyn scene gets written about pretty excessively these days, but do you feel part of scene?
JT: Everyone has their own version of it. There are so many little pockets of friends who play together. I'll read that a band is "the quintessential Brooklyn band," and I would have never heard of them, you know? I mean, yeah, I definitely feel like we have some friends, who play in bands, and I like their bands, and as people we have things in common.