Shapiro: I am so fortunate in who I have been able to collaborate with in my career already-- Beck, Moretti, Amarante, I am really quite happy now!
S: We are so lucky, we are right where we want to be!
G: I guess I did have a fantasy that I wanted to write David Bowie's new album, but that didn't happen [laughs]. I do really love Jarvis Crocker
SCK: Did you both want to be musicians since you were young?
S: I never really aspired to be a musician per say, I really enjoyed playing music and writing songs, it was the first thing that I felt really excited about doing on my own. I never really intended on being a musician, or to support myself in that way.
G: I did definitely, I have been playing guitar since I was twelve. I guess I thought I'd be some kind of folk singer, when I was younger. I started playing Moldy Peaches when I was 13.
SCK: What do you like most about being a musician and what frustrates you?
S: It's fun to be able to play songs for people live and witness that they have actually heard them and sing along; that the songs are significant to other people, that is a cool thing to watch. As a female in this world, sometimes it can be a little frustrating, that sometimes people act like I don't do anything other than sing. To remain humble and dispel some of those ideas can be frustrating.
G: We wrote the album together, it represents us both, we want to emphasize that. I love playing live. It's like you get to be a cool, fun version of your self, when you can enjoy it and feel like it's going well, you can get really into it; you give yourself to the music, the performance.
S and G: Having nothing there and coming up with something-- writing-- improvising-- but you have a record of it, and you build on it. That's a great feeling.
[Often the two would chime in together, adding to their point that the collaboration truly was a collaboration, they needed one and other to make it complete.]
G: It feels like its groundhog day, to have it take longer than we expected for it to come out, but finally it's here.
SCK: Do you have a favorite place to perform-- a specific venue, city, etc?
S: Brazil was my favorite place I have ever played, I would love to be able to venture over there again, there were some incredibly passionate and excited folks there who were very fun to play for.
G: I have made a lot of effort to tour in Italy. I love it there.
SCK: Who are some of your inspirations right now, musically or otherwise?
G: Paul Robseon
is one of my favorites, he is a traditional folk singer, really cool. Jimi Hendrix, Tim Buckley, Iggy Pop.
S: Different things inspire me at different times- I am really stoked on really good lyricists. Right now I am listening a lot to David Byrne
and Leonard Cohen; people who can talk a really simple idea and sentiment and say it perfectly and simply and articulately.
G: Also I am really into David Berman's book of poems called Actual Air
SCK: Do you have a favorite song yet from the new album, to perform live or in general?
G: "What's the Reward" and "Nighttime Stopped Bleeding"
S: We've combined those two in a three song medley with "Don't Ask for More", that sounds really nice. It sounds good in our fun little odyssey of traveling [laughs].
By Shauna C. Keddy