Sixty Seconds 

...with Dave Tirio of Plain White Ts

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Indy: OK, I'm confused. Which album was "Hey There Delilah" originally on?

DT: It was a really weird circumstance. It's from [2005's] All That We Needed. But it did come out as a single, and then a hit at radio after we released [2007's] Every Second Counts, so we had to backtrack and say, "Oh shit, we have to put this on the new record because we're going to confuse the hell out of people."

Indy: Well, mission accomplished! Something else noteworthy with your band is its name. Could you have possibly picked a catchier moniker?

DT: You look at band names, and it's kind of true. Band names tend to be more, like, hot words like Smashing Pumpkins. Or Nirvana that's a very intense word. Or Panic! At the Disco. All of these, like, hot words, and Plain White T's does give off this blah thing.

Indy: Is it possible that fickle music listeners, who pick bands they like based solely on their names, aren't giving the Plain White T's proper attention?

DT: At first it may have seemed like a curse, but now it's like a blessing. It's this iconic symbol of cool, worn by James Dean and Marlon Brando and Bruce Springsteen. They just wear this plain white T.

Indy: Just to be clear, we're not talking a wife-beater, right?

DT: No, no, no. Not at all. We have to go with the classic crew neck, like Fonzie. That's where the idea came from.

At Denver's Magness Arena with Fall Out Boy, Nov. 23.


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