Today, Pitchfork published an insightful interview with David Sitek, of TV On The Radio. Topics discussed are signing with a major, the leak of Cookie Mountain, and the meaning and complexity behind their songs.
Pitchfork: Before Cookie Moutain came out, you posted some promotional videos on your website that were really funny. And what struck me is that people don't often think of you as a "funny" band.
DS: People put this fog on our music that we don't put on it. People think that we wear monocles and take bubble baths and read The Great Gatsby, you know? Nothing could be further from the truth. Everyone in the band's got a very extremely funny sense of humor-- Tunde worked for "Celebrity Deathmatch," for Christ's sake. And anyone who's ever read anything I've ever said publicly knows I'm a fool. So, I guess if you're just listening to "Blind", you would totally take us very seriously.
And even within a song like "Dry Drunk Emperor", it's a very serious song, but the actual phrase-- "gold cross jock skull and bones"? That shit's hysterical! I thought that shit was a riot. I couldn't stop laughing. That's just fucking nail on the head.
Read the rest of the interview here.
Previously, Angry Citizen almost had a seizure listening to Tonight.
MP3 TV On The Radio - Tonight
Buy Return to Cookie Mountain here.