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After two weeks in Chicago's bitter cold, Elway returned to Colorado with Delusions, an album that Browne says was inspired by the things he saw in the world around him. "If there is a recurring theme to this album," he explains, "it is an examination of how we, as fallible humans, convince ourselves of all kinds of irrational and untrue nonsense in the name of elation, faith or any other intangible idea.
"Delusion is a large piece of the human condition," he continues. "The album takes this idea and looks at all the ways that people deal with it. It's largely personal in that a large portion of the record is about how I use things like playing music to break my own delusions — even if my belief in punk rock as a saving grace is delusional in and of itself."
Carr, however, has a different take on the album's ultimate theme. "We originally wanted to call the album "Pussy and Religion," after a song off the most recent Kanye West album, because it best embodied what our songs were about: relationships and atheism," he says. "On a serious note, though, I think a general theme to the album would be "Shit's fucked — let's party."
But Browne has a different sentiment in mind when he sings of the life-altering power of punk on tracks like "3/4 Eleanor," the album's opener: "Wouldn't it be a shame if we lived our life dull and afraid/If we squandered and pissed it away?"
This is clearly a guy who speaks from experience. From the looks of it, he certainly hasn't been held back by his fears. Then again, it could just go to show that what they say is true: Alcohol really does make you brave.