"There’s something awkward about what we do and it’s not by design, it’s just what it looks like when we do it. There’s an unpolished and almost borderline foolish and embarrassing exposure. And I think that’s maybe why people can relate to it a little bit, because it’s very flawed and we’ve kind of learned to let it be that way."
"You don’t need to hear all the lyrics. In fact…the things that you miss—that’s automatically, you’re sort of, like, putting yourself into it, if you do that. You know, you think it says one thing…. I think it’s actually more engaging when you don’t know, you know, so… I mean that’s how it is with me and music. Michael Stipe, his lyrics for, so long, were impressionistic and you couldn’t even hear what many of the words were and I think that was part of their power, you know, because they sucked you into it.”
—Matt Berninger, before singing “Bloodbuzz Ohio” Live, Director’s Cut