“If we were do­ing the same thing for two years, we’d all have a lot more self-hate and the shows would be darker, I think

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a rock’n’roll song. Maybe we’re just not very good at pre­dict­ing what way each song should go, but our process on the last record was to try ev­ery­thing ev­ery way, and re­ally just do it un­til we were ex­cited about it.”

An­other theme that of­ten crops up is the band’s propen­sity for old-time Amer­i­cana; many of their songs sound like bawdy tunes that could have been hummed by 19th-cen­tury Louisiana rail­road work­ers. The al­bum’s sec­ond-time-lucky suc­cess also came dur­ing a

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