All I have to do to continue to make things work is make great records, and that's more important than having a crazy master plan.

My father played guitar, so I always wanted to play for that reason. But I think the biggest reason was just the '90s in general - growing up listening to the Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day and bands like that, and going to concerts and thinking it was the coolest thing in the world.

Anyone who is awake and aware knows that these quote-unquote bathroom bills or any legislation discriminating against LGBTQ citizens is horrible.

The heart and soul of pop is newness, excitement, innovation.

If you're lucky enough to find anything in life that gives you five seconds, let alone an hour, of relief from life, you should try to do it forever.

I think it's nice to do work that is vaguely compromising to your health because it means you really care about it.

Social paralysis is strong and stands firmly in the way of change on the ground level. As allies, we have to prepare ourselves to step into the fire when necessary, even - and especially - when said fire is merely a still-lit cigarette tossed carelessly onto the street.

There was this darkness about being from New Jersey.

I'm not trying to write a perfect record. I'm just trying to nail a moment in time.

Great songs come out of people's bedrooms; they come out of studios; there's no formula for it.

Stepping away from Fun. was both exciting and terrifying.

I don't like having to be pushed into a box.

What could be better than working with people you love?

I went to high school in New York City. So, I grew up in New Jersey my whole life, and I was watching all the people and all the kids that I met there become so jaded.

I've gone down to the Jersey Shore every summer since I was born. It's like a second home, and Asbury Park is like the capital - it's the center of all of it. Musically, it's incredible.

I think that some of the most amazing places to be or to grow up are the places right outside of great cities, because you're sort of constantly in this suspended state of, like, looking inside the window, wanting to be in the party. I think it breeds good feelings.

I'm a part of your life. You might not know it, but I am.

You can be a man who loves a woman but love someone the way a gay man loves another man or a woman loves a woman.

All of the guys I know from Jersey held onto this feeling of, 'We're always just working.'

I've noticed that a lot of people in film always seem interested in music videos, like it's some, like, really exciting thing they've always wanted to do or something.

I loved Interpol when they came out, but I never wanted to be in Interpol.

I just don't think it's good to be around too much creative energy other than your own.

I always had the feeling that Bleachers is my soul.

I remember immediately - immediately - feeling like, 'I don't want to play 'We Are Young' when I'm 35. I don't want to be defined by this.'

Headlining can be sort of solitary - you're sort of on your own out there, and you start to feel for a change.

I need a hobby, and I don't want it to be basketball. I want it to be music. So to get away from music, I do other music.

My grandparents got out of Poland right before the Holocaust and came here, and the only thing that mattered was surviving.

Everybody has this sack they're carrying. Some are heavier. Some are lighter. But no one doesn't have it. And if you think someone doesn't have it, they have a bigger one than you imagine.

With art and the work you do, it has to be constantly dictated by what you're feeling and where you want to go with it.

Bleachers comes from a different place. It's personal. It's just me putting myself out there as myself. It's very intense.

I'm gonna make my records, whether I release them as Bleachers or something else.

I want to be able to do work where I think it's very forward, but I also want it to exist in a big way and have an effect on a lot of people.

I've been touring through Texas since I was 15, on my first tour ever.

I have all of these lives that I want the music to live, but at the end of the day, it's out there.

I love to stay at home and write.

As straight Americans we have two choices: we can choose to sit back and enjoy our rights as we have them, or we can realize that it is actually not freedom at all when our friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues do not share these basic rights.

I'm 30. I'm not that young, right? I'm not, like, 24 or 22. I'm no longer in the phase of my life where I talk about everything as in the future. Like, I'm in the future.

You get to a point where everything is so important. One day you have 'Letterman,' and the next day you're at the MTV Movie Awards, and the next day you have a sold-out show for over 15,000 people. You can't cancel anything, because it's just too much to let everyone down, which is an interesting thing about being in a bigger band.

The music business is filled with some nice people but a lot of strange people, so when you come across someone who's really genuine at an environment as bizarre as an awards show, you typically gravitate to them.

Once you understand that listeners want to be challenged, then you also understand that you can't take shortcuts.

When artists get very big, they kind of forget that that's why they got big.

I love connected culture.

I think what probably happens when you put two awkward/clunky people together is that their awkward/clunky world seems like a normal world.

Everyone has something that they carry always, even if it's just as simple as, 'I hate myself.' Everyone's got a different thing.

I have my cousin's jacket from when he was at war in Iraq. He never came home. It's incredible to have something that is so personal but that I also feel relatively comfortable wearing.

I love working with women.

Singles, whatever. But selling a million albums feels like an impossible thing to do.

The first time I ever got paid to play was 1/18/99, Fire Hall in Bordentown, New Jersey. Played first on the bill - we got paid $20!

For 10 years, I had a band called Steel Train. We made three albums. We toured like crazy.