Why do you not want to draw attention to them? Do you feel sort of embarrassed? Or is just that so much of the focus is on the sound?
I'm definitely not embarrassed about them. Different songs I have different reactions to when they're finished -- some of them are funny. I didn't really write any of them separate from the music or the vocal melody. They just naturally fit within the song -- that's just where they live; they don't live written down.
Some of them definitely seem to be about heartache with a girl. Is there a specific person these songs are about?
I do think… yeah, it was pretty specific in many of the cases. That's something I haven't talked about much. I'm getting more used to talking about the band and stuff like that, but I'm not very good talking about lyrics [laughs].
I think they're great. You're a talented lyricist and you shouldn't be worried about it.

To be honest, I'm not worried about it… I just haven't thought about it that much. Thanks.
Anything new this time around in the U.S.? Have you learned any new slang that you're excited to bring into your lexicon?
Actually, this tour has been quite funny because… I usually don't pay attention to these things on tour, but I did watch Days of Heaven and then read East of Eden this tour. So, I feel like I've had a real American experience these last few weeks.
I don't know if you think about this kind of stuff, but if the band continues to grow, do you think there's a point where it's out of your comfort zone? Like is it playing for a few hundred people? Five-thousand? Ten-thousand?
In that way of thinking, I'm quite selfish. If it's a big venue, and the monitors so sound nice onstage, then I can hear stuff and really enjoy the show. I don't really think of it as… well, I listened to so many great bands and records this year that it's hard to… I don't ever think about it as "Oh, we should capture this many people." I don't think you can orchestrate those things. Sometimes if you start thinking in those terms, you forget the stuff you really want to do. It's weird… people are enjoying your music, but you have to be quite detached from that.
So when you go to write new songs you don't think you'll have the fleeting moments where you think about whether or not people will like the song?
No, I decided to not read reviews. And literally, I really didn't read anything about the band. And then the first time I read something was because someone said that there's this terrible review of your album. I find that quite fun [laughter]. I'm not currently in that position where I'm too worried. And it just mixes -- people want you to be gracious if they're into your music. It's sometimes difficult if you're thinking about the music to then relate to it beyond itself or relate to it more than just this song you've written. I don't know if I'm articulating it…
I got it. It's like separating it from being a part of you.
Yeah, and at the moment… like when you listen to Pure X's album -- that's one of my favorites of the year, and getting into that, I feel like there are just so many great bands out there that there's no responsibility for myself or Max. If people don't like your stuff, they can just listen to something else.
If you haven't been feeling responsibility before, no need to fuck up the system by throwing it in now.
I don't know how it would work… without being stressed [laughter].