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Fictionist on Their Shared Appreciation of Katy Perry

by Evan Serpick on Feb 14, 2011

. Photo by Photograph by Matt Claton.

What was your crappiest day job?
Stuart [Maxfield, guitar/bass/vocals]: My crappiest day job would be working in a lumberyard moving pallets of wood all day long. That was in Provo [Utah] – it was a fencing company.

Jacob [Jones, keyboards]: My crappiest day job in Provo was when I was a custodian on Saturday mornings from 5:30 in the morning to 2:30.

Which bands do you feel most of a kinship to musically?
Stuart: Pink Floyd is a big one for us  – it's ethereal, atmospheric rock. These days, I have a lot of respect for Spoon – their last record was amazing. Of course, Arcade Fire – they never cease to amaze me with what they're doing right now. We're really diverse. Jacob's really influenced by a jazz guy named Keith Jarrett – we just saw him in Miami.

Does your jazz training you guys have come up often in the music?
Jacob: The progressions that come out in the songwriting process are very jazz-influenced.

What's the best show you've played?
Stuart: I don't think we've played our best show yet.

Jacob: I think Fork Fest was up there. It was a festival that the promoter at [Provo venue] Velour put on, and it's in the town right next to Provo. He stacked up the bands like crazy and it was a really, really cool night – there was an amphitheater for two or three thousand people.

What's the best show you've attended?
Stu: When we were down at Austin City Limits, I saw Swell Season, and they made me cry. And that doesn't usually happen, so that sticks out to me.

Jacob: I think for me the concert that I just went to here in Miami, the Keith Jarrett Trio with Jack DeJohnette and Gary Peacock.

What's the worst disaster you've ever suffered onstage?
Stuart: The one that comes to my mind was when we were in Wichita, and I can't remember what I did, but some guy called me an asshole, and I returned the favor. And then I just totally got ruined – we just started heckling with the crowd really bad and everything fell apart.

Do you have any guilty pleasure music?
Stuart: There's a couple Katy Perry songs that I hate to say it, but every time they come on, I just want to listen.

Jacob: I would say the same thing.

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