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© Ester Segarra
OK, seriously, how freaking hot does it get wearing that hooded robe on stage?
“You get used to it. It’s not a big shock anymore. We’ve had some shocks, like the time we played in the basement of Webster Hall in New York for the first time. That show was unbelievably hot; it was probably 100 degrees down there. The show was oversold by 100 people or so, and there was no air. As soon as you get into that phase where you’re concentrating on breathing, it’s pretty strange and disorienting.
“Playing outdoors is always tricky. We’re in this game of trying to make it, so we have to play certain places that aren’t ideal – for now. Some outdoor shows are very hot, but some are pretty cold, too. When there’s a really cold breeze coming at you, that's something you have to be prepared for. Imagine if Papa lifted his arms – he’d be a sail.”
To what lengths will you go to try to protect your identities? You’re pretty young, but back in the day, the members of KISS would hide their faces in nightclubs – photographers everywhere were trying to unmask them.
“I think that we’ve been able to sustain our thing so far because there hasn’t been that kind of level of interest in the band.”
But that will change.
“That will change, so it’s something of a paradox. To go further as a band doesn’t run parallel with being anonymous. I read an article in the paper the other day, this piece in which they compared bands that had anonymous members. It was everything from Slipknot to us to Daft Punk; there was The Residents and one act I didn’t even know about, and The Knife. It kind of ranked the level of fame to how anonymous we are, but they forgot to mention how popular everybody was in the context of present day.
"So this guy I didn’t even know about got full grades because he’s still anonymous, and I was like, ‘Are you fucking kidding me?’ [Laughs] Obviously, he’s not very big, and not everybody knows who The Residents are, either. People know who Slipknot are because they’re a million-selling band. It doesn’t go hand in hand, though, the fame and the anonymity."