Do you feel like your musical aesthetic matches up with any director in particular?

That's a really good question. We really enjoy '80s science-fiction movies, and a lot of the synth sounds in there make me think "Blade Runner," which is obviously Vangelis (the Greek composer behind the film's electronic score). I think we've always wanted to write a Vangelis soundtrack.

You studied pre-med and named your album "Art History." Considering these high-minded pursuits and concepts, I was wondering what you do when you want to turn your brain off? Like are you a huge pro wrestling fan?

[Laughs] We do like PlayStation a lot. I also picked up skateboarding again, so I've been doing that to shut my mind off. We're a pretty laid back band. If people were to hang out with us we wouldn't be sitting there putting on really obscure artists and arguing about their relevance. I think we'd just put on a Bob Seger record and enjoy the fact he can sing the (bleep) out of those songs.

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Jayson Kramer personality test
What's the last album you bought? "I've been getting into Fleetwood Mac, and I bought 'Tusk' and really, really like it."
Song you've listened to on repeat recently? "Everywhere" by Fleetwood Mac
Song you never want to hear again? "Probably something by Justin Bieber. What is that song, 'Baby?' I really don't want to hear that anymore."
Best concert you've seen in the last year? "I saw Big Science recently. They're a Chicago band, and I love those guys."
New band you don't know personally that deserves to be big? "Deserters. They're a Chicago band...and if people haven't heard them they should listen to their EP. It's great."
Favorite movie ever? "Blade Runner"
Chicago's best music venue? "Lincoln Hall. The sound is great, it feels good when you're up there onstage and they do a great job of bringing in good bands."