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New Times: So, are you boys who like girls, or boys who are like girls you know, emo and empathetic?
Martin Johnson: It's boys that like girls just like girls like boys, or some boys like boys, or some girls like girls. It's just a fun statement. It's like what makes the world go round and the never-ending chase of guys against girls. Go to any bar and you see guys stalking their prey. It's kind of a play on that.
NT: Most of your songs seem to have this high-school-romance quality, yet you also tackle issues like leaving home and growing up too fast.
Johnson: A lot of the record is about my youth at the end of high school and then moving on and growing up. A lot of people have come up to me and said, "Oh, I relate to this so much." If anyone can relate to this stuff, that's really awesome, because that's what I live for in music.
NT: Were you disappointed when your album sold less than 1,500 copies the first week?
Johnson: Not at all. I was really happy with that number. I know a lot of kids are downloading; you're going to get that, and that's fine. But I felt like this was a big steppingstone for us. The biggest and best sign for us as a young band is that people are telling their friends, and [sales] didn't drop off after the first week.
NT: Where do you think you would be without Internet exposure?
Johnson: The Internet was such a crucial part of how we developed a fan base and how we interact with our fans. Word of mouth travels so much faster over the Internet. We used it to our advantage. I have no idea where we'd be at this point. Who knows if we'd even have a record out?