Can you tell us more about your new album “Under The World”? What inspired the lyrics of its songs?
Matt: It’s coming out on March 2nd.
The lyrics are inspired by love, and the psychopathic elite. I think most things fall under those umbrellas.
How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
Matt: Play a track, beat, or idea and just listen. Get inside it and give it time and get out my own way. Ideas come in small fragments, and it’s our job to put them together.
What is the best verse you ever wrote?
Matt: I couldn’t tell you that at all. I have no idea how objectively good our works are compared to each other, or anyone else really. I do like the second verse of ESSEFF from this album.
What was the soundtrack to your childhood?
Rizz: As a child I was far more obsessed with movies so all those soundtracks are a big part of my influence. The Amityville, Pet Sematary, Flowers in the attic, Scarface…
How did you first get your foot into the music industry?
Rizz: I don’t know exactly, but that foot soon became gangrenous and I cut it off.
What has the journey been like up to now?
Rizz: I can’t answer this question cos my journey so far has had nothing to do with the music industry. What kind of psycho thinks about it that way – we’re on a great journey through life and music is a tiny part of it.
What inspired “Forget Your Finery”?
Matt: Lyrically, it felt dystopian when it was getting written and it still feels that way, even though the music is pretty upbeat, feels pretty assertive I suppose.
The lyrics are partly thoughts between two people who know each other very well, interspersed with sorts of orders being given from a higher authority.
I think the personal and the political are so intertwined they’re almost indistinguishable, and these lyrics were a tiny snapshot of that, cut up and put to music.
Are you ever scared of revealing, aspects of your personal experience, to strangers through your music?
Rizz: No cos by the time that experience becomes a work, it’s undergone a total transformation and no one can really pin point the origin of the idea.
Matt: I personally don’t like to write about myself directly anyway, although I’ll lend a lot of my personal viewpoint to the characters or entities in songs. I find it more interesting to write about things outside of my own experience, cause imagination and vision is freer in that sense.
What is the best show you ever played?
Matt: Probably one of the shows on the Cult tour last year, or the White Lies tour. The Cult at San Antonio or White Lies in Brooklyn/San Francisco.
What are you planning for 2018?
Rizz: I plan to spend as much time alone as humanly possible