THRILLIST: Did you two ever discuss your love lives to come up with material back in the day?
Oates: We wouldn’t even have to because we could actually experience it -- especially in the early days, when we were sharing apartments, traveling constantly together in a van. A song like "She's Gone" is a perfect example. I had a very casual relationship with a girl who didn’t show up for a date on New Year’s Eve. Daryl had a much deeper breakup with an ex-wife. We pooled our experiences and created this song.
THRILLIST: Do you ever feel like an old married couple?
Hall: Not an old married couple -- more like brothers. I don’t have a brother other than John, but it’s one of those things where you can be away from each other for a long time and you don't really have to explain much. You lead your life separately and when you come together, it's like no time passed.
Oates: It's like if you have a family member that moves to a different part of the country and you don’t see them except on holidays. You just know each other so well -- I know his family; he knows my family. We both grew up in the same area in Pennsylvania. We both have younger sisters who are approximately the same age. We both listened to the same music growing up. So even though we didn't know each other in our early childhood, we had this commonality. It’s the same now.
THRILLIST: Hall: What's the most romantic thing you've ever done?
Hall: Man, I live in a world of romance. I don't know if there's any one thing, but I tend to think in romantic terms. I’m the kind of person that gives flowers on special days and things like that. I think maybe the most romantic thing I’ve ever done was devote my life to a family and focus on that over everything else. It didn’t work out so well...
THRILLIST: What about you, Oates?
Oates: I bought my wife some perfume at the airport on the way home from a show the other day. And I hate perfume -- I don't even like it when she wears it. But I know she likes it, so I bought it for her. I guess that was fairly romantic.
THRILLIST: Sometimes romance is taking one for the team.
Oates: [Laughs] For me, romance is a pliable emotion that stretches and contracts with time and chemistry.
THRILLIST: Hey, that's pretty good.
Oates: I’m gonna have to remember it, because I have no idea where it came from.
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J. Bennett is a writer and musician living in Los Angeles. He enjoys pork products, dressing in the style of 1970s African dictators, and long walks on the beach. His work has appeared in Vice, Noisey, High Times, LA Weekly, and Decibel.