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I got a new laptop and I just put it together piece by piece, which was fun. MR: Getting back to , let's talk about the title track. It's one thing to feel that way when you're 13 or 14 because you're still searching for your identity, but when you still feel that way at this point, you start to feel that it must just be who you are--there must be something inside. I think of myself as an avid people watcher, and especially when you're in a city like New Orleans, just sit down in the French Quarter sometime and look at all the different types of people, and you'll wonder, "How on Earth did we get this way? It is the story of how I first figured out what a naked woman looks like.So, the idea is that we're just weird from deep within. The very first time I saw a picture of a naked woman was at a gas station in Missouri, and I snuck over to the dirty magazines, cracked the seal on one and looked at it.A Conversation with Mutemath's Darren King Mike Ragogna: How are you, Darren? MR: What is your relationship like these days with religion? As a teen, you felt like you had to change the people around you and make everybody else just like me. So, it can wear you out a little bit as a kid, and I guess that's what that song is about--getting worn out with not feeling perfect and trying to make everyone else perfect too.
So, we just got all gung-ho and decided that we were going to make a video that night.
I thought they were crazy, but then I was listening to some of "All Or Nothing" and I could kind of see it. We talked about how we wanted to do stuff that was more energetic on the front end because we realized that the slow, pretty songs happen a little more naturally, but the intense songs in a studio environment needed work to create.
The other thing was that we wanted our album to feel more like a live show, which was really fun.
It's certainly a cop out to let somebody do all of your thinking and believing for you, but I've decided at this point in my life that it's also a cop out to just pretend like it's all stupid.
You know, when you're a little kid and you lose a game so you just kick the game over and say, "This is stupid"? Either of those is a cop out, so I'm frustrated right now.We were at Warner Bros., we had just played a concert at The Troubadour, and we had a day of interviews.