Q: For The Quilt, you guys worked on making a cohesive album rather than a collection of singles. How did that change the way you work in the studio?
A: We recorded the majority of it live. ... It made us closer as a band. In the past, when I would record a song, I would focus on keeping my part perfect. But when you're recording live, you're feeding off each other.
Q: Travis said in an interview after you guys blew up, "I can't be as social as I was when we were playing 200-capacity clubs. It was easy back then just hanging with people, but that has changed." Do you notice that, too?
A: It's a very small amount. I could go into a movie theater without the distraction of being mobbed. In a way, that's awesome, but I'm not going to say it doesn't hurt when we do a photo shoot and they crop me out of the picture.
Q: You've been a rock star since basically high school. How supportive have your parents been?
A: When I was in middle school and high school and just starting to get involved in music, my parents were super-encouraging and made sure I got lessons with great jazz musicians. Then I went to college and we recorded The Papercut Chronicles ... When the opportunity came, I was eager to drop out of school. I think that was a hard one for my mom to take. ...I'm doing an online degree program ... And I still have all my report cards sent to (my mom). She still gets excited when those C-minuses come rolling in.