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"It's about putting simple things together to make something perfect," Cooper says.
Messenger says that the band attempts not to allow their individual egos to get in the way of a song's inherent simplicity and power. "It's not even about the listener," he says. "It's about the feeling of the song. It's the overall notion of the whole fucking song."
"If we get compared to Arcade Fire, so be it, [because that's a band that's achieved] a full band sound, and that's what's important to us, a full band sound."
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As our conversation dies down, I notice that the mix has segued into newer Mountain Goats material; songs from Tallahassee and The Sunset Tree, recordings that found songwriter John Darnielle scrubbing away the lo-fi hiss and static that once defined his songs in favor of cleaner, brighter, bigger arrangements. I wonder whether, in six years, I'll be listening Snake! Snake! Snakes! material that charts the opposite trajectory, transitioning from the polished sheen of their early work into gritty lo-fi abandon. Hard to say, but for now, SSS seem content with their current station.
"This is all new to us," Messenger expresses. "I've played in bands before, but this is the farthest I've gone."