“It was never our intention to become some huge rock phenomenon, and I think that that not being the goal sort of saved our ass; we just made this record and we put it out and we went on tour. We never imagined anything like this.
"When things slowed down and we came off tour, when we actually stopped and sat down, we couldn’t believe it. We just thought, ‘God, look what f**kin’ happened.’ It was a record that people could put on and for 45 minutes could... work it out.
"Whatever they were p**sed off about, they could scream along to it; if they were sad, maybe they could be uplifted... it really did strike a chord with people. I don’t know why and I don’t know what that chord was... it’s like sitting on a surfboard and wondering what propels that board. Well, it’s the wave. But what makes the wave? It’s gravity and the Earth’s rotation... but as far as you know, you get on this board and it takes you to the shore.”