Reuniting with Flight of the Conchords
HBO: How would you describe your band?
Bret: There’s two of us in the band.
Jemaine: It’s a two-person band.
Bret: So it’s a lot of duets. Guitars, bass, piano singing, flute, a little bit of flute.
Jemaine: Xylophone. It sounds like there are eight people but it’s all done by us.
Bret: Any two of those instruments at the same time.
HBO: How long does it take to write a new song?
Bret: Takes us quite a long time. We’ve got some newish songs for the special.
Jemaine: It’s not that it takes us a long time, it’s more that we don’t play very often.
Bret: Yeah, we get together once or twice a year, maybe.
Jemaine: We sometimes see each other for pizza or for our kids’ playdates, but that’s on a personal level. As a band, less often.
Bret: The fastest one probably took about 6 years. It’s not that long if we condense the time of actually working on them. Probably about a few days.
HBO: What’s the secret to staying friends?
Jemaine: Don’t stab each other. Once you’ve gone over that line, it’s hard to come back. So if you’re in a band…
Bret: Don’t murder the other people in your band. That’s the longevity trick.
HBO: How is this show different from previous tours?
Bret: This is the first time we’ve filmed one of our concerts. We did a small live special a long time ago, but since then we’ve toured and developed a bigger live show with lighting and more instruments and a small orchestra.
HBO: What inspires your writing?
Bret: We’ve done quite a few songs now so it’s a matter of trying to write something we haven’t written. That’s why they’re getting quite weird. There’s a medieval one, that’s territory we haven’t covered before.
HBO: Do you still get nervous?
Bret: As long as we’ve done some practice it’s quite fun. It’s when we haven’t practiced and we try a song we don’t know it can be quite stressful, because they go quite badly.
Jemaine: But even they can be fun in a small audience.
Bret: The audience likes it more than we do.
Jemaine: That’s always their favorite bit. When we mess up.
Bret: But we’re actually trying to get it right. You’ll see if you watch the special we still make quite a lot of mistakes. We’re going to cut all those out.