I forgot how much Tim used to throw himself around! This was a crazy time - we started the year supporting Travis in venues smaller than this, and ended up at Brixton Academy for 3 nights. We flew to France the day after, missing our own aftershow party to get to the next thing - that feels like the story of 2004 - always heading to the next thing, never pausing to enjoy the moment.
Richard Hughes (about Bend and Break)
Interviewer : A lot of Phoenix’s music seems made for dancing. What’s your go-to move?
Thomas Mars : French people aren’t famous for being great dancers. It depends on the level of alcohol, I guess.
I think by the time I had a child I had 17 or 18 nieces and nephews, so I was very accustomed to have kids around. And I knew the drill and what, you know, I saw what happened. And it was like there’s a chamber in your heart that you don’t know it exists that opens up when you have a baby. You know, it’s being such a great experience, I’m overflowing with that love that I didn’t know it was there before.
Q: What’s suprised you about being a husband and a father?
BF: I think I always knew that I would have kids but I didn’t… understand…the…whooooo [brims with tears once again]. That I could love my kids the way that I love ‘em. I didn’t know there was…room for that. You love your wife, your family, but it’s different with your kids. I didn’t know I could be so selfless. I would do anything for my kids. Anything.
Avoiding people. I avoid people that I actually like. I suppose that’s a phobia, but it’s also a habit.