Ben Gibbard

I take things a little bit more critically now, like, “What did I think I was saying in that song? What is this song about?” I thought the lyrics were incredibly descriptive, and now they sound really cryptic and weird. I’d like to also think that when I listen to songs from Something About Airplanes that I’m proud of my development as a writer. I don’t think I was doing anything poorly at that time, but I can certainly see how my writing has changed.

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Everybody has a language or code that they use with their wife or their girlfriend or boyfriend or what have you. It’s a language aside from the language they have with strangers. I’ve always been maybe an abuser of alliteration, but I’ve always loved it and I like how those words sound together.

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Nada Surf and Harvey Danger are good bands. I think they’ve just stayed true to why they play music in the first place, it’s just because they love doing it and they love each other and that’s the impetus for doing it, not trying to keep singles on the radio and on MTV.

“Nada Surf and Harvey Danger are good bands. I think they’ve just stayed true to why they play music in the first place, it’s just … Read More

I feel like there’s a lot of beauty in the darkness of ‘Narrow Stairs,’ but that’s not really a place I’m ready to go to for a while. I’m interested in taking a different approach and having the next record be different in tone – I’m just not interested in making another dark, dark album.

“I feel like there’s a lot of beauty in the darkness of ‘Narrow Stairs,’ but that’s not really a place I’m ready to go to … Read More

I don’t spend my time perusing message boards to find out what people think about me or if people think my songs are good or if people love that lyric or this or that. I just want to be happy with it myself – and if other people like it, that’s great.

“I don’t spend my time perusing message boards to find out what people think about me or if people think my songs are good or … Read More