Bella Lea: beyond Denali
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be someone we played with?
TWEED: No, not at all.
MATT: Someone just asked us this question and I thought of my friend Devon. This guy Devon Davis made this record that I think is fantastic. And he's a total unknown engineer guy that's helped out a whole bunch of people. He made this record that is just this fucking brilliant Kinks-style pop record and he was playing every instrument. I don't even know when it comes out but I know it's done. I don't know if he has a label yet...
TWEED: Cool. Hey... In various interviews and stuff, what's the most pointless and stupid question you've been asked? What shit just gets really... You're asked every time and it's just annoying.
MAURA: [In deep masculine voice] "Do a lot of guys hit on you?" That's a really stupid question.
TWEED: [Jokingly skeptical] And you get asked that a lot?
STEPHEN: Somebody asked me how many states I've been to--just personally. It just didn't have anything to do with anything.
TWEED: Do you know how many?
STEPHEN: 47. And you'll never which ones!
MATT: "How would you be of value to our company or organization?" I've been doing a lot of job interviews because I'm broke so you know... Or "How do you handle an sticky situation with a coworker?" is another ridiculous question.
TWEED: And how do you handle a sticky situation with a coworker?
MATT: Well it depends. You need to take your time and if it really gets in the way of your work... then you acknowledge it with them. Sometimes you have to play Pavlov kinda. If they're being really negative then you have to ignore them while they're being negative and if they're being positive then you have to encourage them. Like this guy [pointing to Stephen] is real hard to get along with.
TWEED: He doesn't look it. So Maura, in our last interview you said you like to keep politics out of your lyrics. Has that changed at all?
MAURA: [Shaking her head "No"] I'm not that into politics. It's not one of my main interests. So no, I'm not going to write about it. If Stephen wrote the lyrics they would be political.
STEPHEN: Yea I would love to get Maura more interested in politics but I don't think she should write songs about politics. She should care more about what's going on in the world but that's not what her... That can be kind of a depressing influence for music because you can get real cynical about it all. I don't feel that's what she should write about. But she should vote!
TWEED: Oh no!!
STEPHEN: Yea. [Disappointed]
TWEED: But did you two guys vote?
STEPHEN: Yes, of course!
MATT: [To Stewart] So who did you vote for?
TWEED: You're going to ask who I voted for? I'll answer if you guys answer. I voted for Nader in the state of Connecticut. I felt the majority of Connecticut was anti-Bush so my vote would not compromise my goal to get Bush out of office. And I was half-right--Connecticut voted Democratic.
STEPHEN: I voted for John Kerry in Illinois.
MATT: I did a mail-in vote for Kerry in Ohio. Swing-state. But it didn't work.
TWEED: Good try though! So you guys are interested in politics then. Were you following the whole privatizing social security debate?
STEPHEN: Yes. I think it's absurd! It's a terrible idea. And that's how I feel.
TWEED: And what about Iran? It looks like Condoleeza Rice and the rest of the Bush administration is maneuvering to turn Iran into a repeat Iraq. Do you guys feel that way?
MATT: Well... I can explain it like this. My brother is an off
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