Curtis describes the sound of the Secret Machines as pop music as a gradual process. Take that as you will.
Q: How aware are you about the pitfalls of new bands in a restructuring industry?
Probably more than anyone else because our position in history as far as popular music is concerned is we have more history to look back on than any other band ever has. We do know music history, the stories are out there and it's easy to recognize the patterns and we do. We're aware of the situation and we're not going to be led.
Q: Any particular paranoia?
Signing over too much too soon. We try to keep it in our hands as much as possible.
Q: How does a video in regular rotation on MTV happen?
It hasn't been about payola or blah blah blah; it's only been about the music and people being fans of it.
Q: What's it like being part of MTV culture with 14-year-old girls flipping out for your band?
But aren't we all really just 14-year-old girls at heart? [laughs] People will get into whatever music they're presented with. People aren't challenged, ever.
Q: You've been ending your live shows with the big hit "Sad and Lonely." Is it a premeditated choice because it's the MTV single?
No, it's a dynamic thing. If you're sculpting a movement of music and then end it with a certain feeling and you want to leave off with a certain taste in your mouth. It's the summation, the climax and the ending. You're led up to that point through the peaks and valleys of our show and they all exist perfectly in that song. That may be the only single we have.
Q: Why do you think you were attractive to a major label?
Because we're fucking great. That's what I think because this is my music, this is our music. That's why we make this music. It's not like this is what just comes out; we make this music because we like this music. If you're an A&R guy, where are you going to put your money? On cocky, full of themselves bastards that think they rule the world, and that's what we are.
Q: You guys look like Interpol.
Interpol looks like us. We played with them in New York City not long ago.
Q: Did you look each other up and down to decide who is better dressed and has hipper hair?
We have a similar aesthetic where we've been living in a world dominated by the slacker aesthetic and we're like fuck that. Fuck this thing where you have to fake this realness. I have no doubt that we're real, but I respect that this is only going to happen once so I'm going to take a lot of care every second of the day and I think they feel the same way about it. It's not vanity, it's respect.