Scott Avett: That’s what I was about. We played some of the rock band stuff. We were art students, and we had this band. Nobody played like that in the group we were around, and so we started this Tuesday night thing while we were in art school with some other guys that were hacks, punk-rock guys that played mandolin. None of us know it; we were just discovering Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Doc Watson – all this old stuff that was punk rock in spirit… This was original punk rock. That was so awesome, when you started kind of measuring yourself. “What can I do on the street? What have we got?” We’re cutting down that five-piece rock band.
Chad Smith: It’s raw and naked.
Scott Avett: Lyrically, it’s naked. Lyrically, you no longer could hide behind distortion and volume.