"My songs mostly come out of experience or someone’s experience that’s close to me. A lot of my songs are stories or they bear some weight that comes from my life. I’m not that creative of a person, so I have to take it from real life, and I know a lot of weird characters from living all over the world and being around a bunch of them."
"There will be some way for people to hear what I’m doing, maybe I’ll put it on the internet or something, but I just want to make art and not necessarily a bunch of products."
"If a title is strong, unusual or funny, it’s because those are the type of things that will drive me to write a song for that title.”
"I feel very humbled by it. It’s crazy … starting when we did and now I’m 25 doing this."
Not only do they have a successful operation, but they’re releasing a new book, The Hard Times: The First 40 Years. I asked them about everything.
"The belief was always that this told a story about social change and people speaking up for what is right. If it was just about Boston, it would have a limited appeal, so really from the beginning we looked at how ’BCN in fact had a much broader influence, and then we tried to tell that story."
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From alternative hip-hop to chamber folk, here's a cheat sheet to Boston's best music of the year so far.