You’re signed to StarTrak but, is it true that Kanye West offered you a record deal first?
DA: Yes. Max: We were fortunate enough to have a few options on the table when we were deciding which label to go with. Star Trak smelled best. Clutch: From the band’s name you’d assume that it’s just one person but it’s actually two of you. How did you come up with the name? DA: We named ourselves after the sculptor, Daniel Chester French. We really just wanted something that sounded cool, and we thought it did! Clutch: Whose idea was it to use a condom wrapper as the album cover? DA: We came up with it during a brainstorming session with our former manager. Clutch: There’s a video on YouTube where Pharrell compares you guys to The Beatles. How does it feel to be compared to them? DA: We’re very lucky to be standing on the shoulders of giants like the Beatles. We’ve tried to learn from their brilliance and it’s awesome that Pharrell appreciates that. Max: It’s a comparison that’s probably impossible to live up to, but it feels way better than being compared to groups that are bad. Clu