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Another thing that's different about the band's approach today from the necessities of the pre-Internet years is that they're definitely not "getting in the van." That's a choice brought about by both the realities of thirtysomething lifestyles, members relocating, and an overall looser approach to chasing the prize. "When we were touring and playing tons of shows every month it was a total blast and it absolutely has its merits. But for me personally, I got a little burnt out on the whole social aspect of it and having to be a constant PR machine, having to talk about the band and being in a band and other peoples' bands all of the time. There was something a little unseemly about it to me."

Instead, for the past three years they've limited the schedule to a show or two a year, sometimes less. The infrequency has made the concerts more of an event. "To be honest, our expectations were never very lofty, so the fact that we can take a year off from playing a single show and still have a ton of people still care enough to show up is its own brand of success to us."

EMERGENCY MUSIC + SOCCER MOM + AUTOCHROME + MARCONI | T.T. the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge | September 23 @ 9 pm | 18+ | $10 | 617.492.2327

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