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I have to ask: Has another band member in full costume ever come around the corner or popped his head in the door and scared you?
[Laughs] “No. No, that hasn’t happened. The only time we think about it is when we’re all together and there’s people who don’t expect us to be there. They’ll go, ‘Wha?!’ And we’ll go, ‘Wha?!’ It’s just a natural reaction. ‘Oh, right… You weren’t expecting us.’ But we do it so often, we’re past all that.”
Do you envision a career after Ghost?
“Oh, yeah. Definitely. The way that we’re reinventing the wheels of what we do and making it interesting for us and for you makes it necessary to re-create the box all the time. Obviously, there is a narrow fine line to this, and there are some things we’d never do as Ghost. You can’t change to the point where you’re no longer what you are.
“But we’re not 19 year olds. We know that every band has a beginning and an end. Right now, we’re on a curve and things are going up, but it will go down. You have to be prepared for that. Sure, you want things to go on and on, but you have to be prepared for them to end, and that’s OK.”