It’s more like a conversation than an interview. Aaron talks a lot about The National:
It feels like your music is more organic on record than our music. There’s more of an alchemy going on, with accidents and more interactive experiments happening. It feels more live to me. Our recordings, you feel that it’s been, not labored, but you feel that it’s been constructed in a way where sometimes it’s hard for us to create the feeling that this was done in a room. Because the music is written long before any vocals are written, or any vocal melodies. Like “Terrible Love,” what’s on the record is my demo, and Matt sang over it. And for a long time he sang some Nirvana lyrics over it. I liked how shitty it sounded; it’s just this weird, muffled, hazy thing. And I think I was probably overly attached to the sound. The electric guitar sounds there, I think I had on a bunch of different pedals, and I was looping myself as I played, and got this woofy drone beneath it that was hard to make sound that good. And Bryan drummed to it, and there was only one mic up, and he only drummed for 30 seconds or something. It was hard to convince him to play again, so we just ended up using it, and we all liked it. It was either going to be first on the record, or it wasn’t going to be on the record, because it’s this weird, harsh thing.
We played it on the Jimmy Fallon show, and it was the first time we’d ever played it. And actually the label was like, “Don’t play that song. Play ‘Bloodbuzz Ohio,’ the single.” And we were like, “No, we’re going to play this song.” And we played it, and we were like, “Uh-oh, we might have fucked up here.” Because we realized then it was going to be this live rager, and we play it really well. Eventually we did re-record it for use in Europe on the radio, but I kind of hate doing that. I still much prefer the recorded version that’s on the record, because it reminds me of originally doing it. Like you were saying with “Brothers,” I like that it feels more spontaneous than other stuff we do sounds. I think it’s great that bands have lots of different versions, and especially doing things live take on a new dynamic.
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