We played at a photo developing place once. It was like a Fotomat in the daytime and a club at night. I don't even know where it was. We also played Disneyland, which I think is really weird. That gig ruined everything for me--being behind the scenes at Disneyland.
Speaking of Disneyland, your album title Tragic Kingdom kind of tips the hat to Walt's Magic Kingdom and serves as a kind of statement about your "wholesome" upbringing in ultra-conservative Orange County, Calif. Can you elaborate on that a little bit?
You know, a lot of the employees at Disneyland, they like it, and I think they've called it that for years. I don't think they seem to care. The song has kind of a negative look at the mixture of balance between art and commerce. Disney is a great example of that.
I think that place has a lot of weird, little underground secrets.
We grew up around Disneyland, most of us. We've all gone there hundreds of times; we love it. It's a great place. It's perfect. Everything's nice. But it's really kind of a corporate whorehouse, I think. I've had friends who've tried to get jobs there, but have had to cut their hair. It's just over the top. Orange County is like that, too. Right before our album came out, Orange County went bankrupt. The town is supposed to be a nice, Republican land. It's a nice place; I'm proud to be from here, it's sill a little tragic, though, I think. http://launch.yahoo.com/read/interview/12043445