City Weekly: What’s the new Naked Eyes songwriting process like?
Dylan Thomas Roe: You just play something perfect and it just comes out of you, it feels like the song existed before you did and just manifested itself through you.
Andrew Milne: When it’s all coming out of everybody so fast, that’s great. It just feels good and you know it should.
CW: What music have you been inspired by lately?
AM: I recently started listening to a lot of Neil Young and Buffalo Springfield. And The Out Crowd, they’re a cool band.
DTR: I’ve been listening to a lot of Piedmont blues lately and Delta blues, which is like ragtime blues on the guitar.
Jared Phelps: I started listening to The Beatles a lot.
CW: What inspires you, literature-wise?
AM: A Wrinkle in Time. I’ve also been reading Power of Now.
JP: The Alchemist.
DTR: I read The Prophet recently. That was a good one. A fast read.
Sammy Harper: I started reading Choke the other day.
CW: What outdoor recreation do you enjoy when you head back to Ogden?
JP: We go to this river in the summer and swim there.
AM: And we’ve done so for the last few years consecutively. It’s called Caveman’s Revenge. This river is badass.
JP: It’s got three waterfalls, a big-ass bridge and a rope swing.
CW: When you aren’t writing and playing music, what do you do?
AM: We went to Nobrow the other day and saw Big Sky Tribunal.
DTR: I make jewelry in my friend Arash’s garage. We take recycled gems and get metal from the hardware store. It’s all handmade.
JP: [laughs] We like crafts.
DTR: I do charcoal [drawings]. I like to hustle people at pool, too.
SH: I’ve been skateboarding a little bit more. 9th and 9th is the shit. I like to cruise bowls, whoever has a mini ramp— I’ll skate that.
CW: Where in the city can you find The Naked Eyes on off-days?
AM: I go get a sandwich at Caputo's and say hi to my buddy at the fish market.
JP: I really like going to the D.I. I went to the Coffee Garden the other day. Nobrow’s a good spot to hang out.
SH: I’m a thrift-store kid. I collect ‘80s movies. VHS.