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With Art Brut, what you see really is what you get.

The original Bruts, meanwhile, don't always have such an easy time putting together their own songs. Having made their mark by observed wit and direct candor, it seems second nature that the members of the band would end up grating each other's nerves from time to time.

"Whenever we write, it's like a bit of a fight," Argos admits with a cackle. "Like, Ian will come in with some big heavy-metal riff, and Mikey will be like, 'You can't play that.' And then he'll stop playing the drums, and then Jasper will be like, 'I'm not going to play that, because I can't show off there.' And it's a bit like that. But eventually we get a song out of it."

"Writing is my favorite thing," he continues. "I'm always writing in my head, walking around, thinking up some ideas. Then I put it in a book when I get home. Then I come to band practices, and I watch them fight. And when they finish the song, I try and put words to it."

We formed a band called Art Brut.
We formed a band called Art Brut.

The arguing doesn't dissuade Argos -- in fact, he prefers it, like most good optimists who look forward to a rainy day. "Not all good rock bands get along, do they?" says Argos. "I mean, that's like Coldplay, then, isn't it? You need that tension. It's nice. I like it. I mean, we're a family, so we fight like one. We're never really that mean."

Sarcasm at its finest.

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