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“We’re comfortable with the idea that this won’t last. We yanked away the personal bits out of the band for the fans to enjoy it the way we envisioned it when we were just sitting around… [smiles] stoned… talking about this band we wanted to create. If people want to know who we are, just Google.
“But you know, when you’re playing venues where the exit and enter doors are on the street, people wait; they stick around. We don’t want to be assholes. If somebody is willing to sit on the pavement all day, we’ll come out of the bus and talk. We’ll sign whatever you have. No pictures, though.”
People are cool with that?
“They are. As we get bigger, sure, it’s a piece of cake to just take a photo. But you’re not only ruining it for us; you’re ruining it for everybody else, too. If there’s anybody who would change their opinion and their liking of the band just because they know who we are, that’s too bad.
“We do what we can; when we play festivals, we don’t have Ghost on our door. But there’s always going to be people that you meet or you bump into. Being in this line of work, you can’t function if people don’t know who you are. Just playing this soundcheck, there’s going to be five people that you don’t know.”