Anonymous asked: you guys kinda seem like assholes. i mean i'm sure you're tired of all the annoying stupid questions you get on tumblr. but at least you're getting them. that's saying something for a band who only has 2 little releases out. also you guys should have never gave that boom box back. "to be close to you" is so much better than the 7''.
i dont care if im getting them or not i dont make music for other people or for ‘fans’ or ‘fame’ or ‘money’ because that’s all a myth and that world is dead. i appreciate when people are real and honest and nice or considerate or polite or basically treat us or me as real people. i wrote something on this recently in brief that explains it better. basically if you treat someone as not really being a person but an idea there’s no way to interact with them and it’s just awful/weird and i hate it. if you notice we’re never trying to be assholes to people (john alec and caroline are incredibly nice to everyone, even when i can’t even manage it) and i will make jokes of things i don’t feel necessary (peoples undying praise or devotion which is completely unwarranted or treating what we do as any different from what anyone else does) but i won’t be disrespectful unless someone is disrespectful to me.
now, though i might say i dont care about getting asks and whatever or not, it doesn’t mean i’m not appreciate that people listen and support us and whatever. that means a lot. but what gets twisted is the idea we owe someone something for supporting us. we’re not asking for money. we tour not because we like to but because people want us to. etc. we sell merch at the bare minimum cost (even when that’s expensive) and make no money from it. everything we do outside of writing music isn’t for me/us. i write music because i love it and i want to do it and i want to get better at it. i release music (for free) because i want to share it. i want people to hear it if they like it they can have it. if you want a record, pay whatever you can for it. at shows i regularly sell our merch below the cost it took to actually produce it if people can’t afford it. i sell shirts below what it costs to make them after tyler has made his money back from them. i trade merch with bands who want to trade. i don’t really ask for anything but being treated normally and respectfully. i’m more private than most people in the band though i’ve lived a public life on my own at times (not in a !~famous~ sense i just took very aggressively to social media ha).
there’s an odd line between being an approachable, nice “artist” (ugh) who interacts with people that want to interact with him, and being someone stretched thing trying to indulge peoples every whim and question and inconsideration.
anyway, sorry if we’ve seemed like assholes or given you the wrong impression or anything like that. and as for the 7”? i don’t care. i appreciate what your thoughts are but like i said, that shit is for me ha. hope you like our next record ;)