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.