Y! MUSIC: What about the lyrical themes? On the last album, Black Holes & Revelations, there seemed to be a couple overall concepts, namely having to do with space and politics. What about on this album?
MATT: Yeah, I read the book 1984 when I was in school, and I sort of concentrated on the political side of it then, but I read it again recently and this time I really quite liked the romantic story in that book--the love story between Winston and Julia. The idea of a tragic love story set on some sort of political backdrop, you know? I wanted to create something that had that feeling. It's not so much influenced by the book, but by the idea of a romance developing amid political unrest. That's the general theme for the album, I think.