An Attempt to Tip the Scales (8:27)

Cover of Fevers and Mirrors

From Fevers and Mirrors and 3 other releases

“An Attempt to Tip the Scales” includes what is ostensibly an interview with the band’s frontman, Conor Oberst. However, Oberst has admitted that the interview was something of a joke, intended to poke fun at the dark tone of the album. Conor’s voice is impersonated in the interview by Todd Fink of The Faint and Commander Venus. The man interviewing is Matt Silcock, a former member of Lullaby For The Working Class.


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  • jpzitoleopold

    fuck that interview

    27 Jun 1:08pm Reply
  • oceanseacrest

    "This could be vanity, or self loathing. I, I know I'm, I'm guilty of both." Wow, this line hits me pretty hard. I know the interview is mostly meant to be a joke--and a sort of self-deprecating one--but within it are some real bits of genius. And, of course, the song that precedes it is wonderful.

    13 Aug 2013 Reply
  • esmelita

    i think the first part of this song is my favorite ever

    9 Feb 2013 Reply
  • GizemAksoy

    I think you lost what you loved in that mess of details.

    18 Dec 2012 Reply
  • davidnorley

    so this is joe knapp maybe?

    17 Aug 2012 Reply
  • squirelle121

    "do you ever hear things that aren't really there" "I'm sorry, what?" lol

    10 Aug 2012 Reply
  • serasuna

    "Well I do have a brother who died in a bathtub. Drowned. Actually, I had five brothers who died that way."

    4 May 2012 Reply
  • visibleroy

    "thats interesting." hah!

    5 Apr 2012 Reply
  • meanmrmustard

    I can't believe there was a time when I thought this was Conor, and then after I realized it wasn't, a time I thought it was a great impression.

    28 Feb 2012 Reply
  • anticlimactica

    "How long have you worked here?" "Oh, just a few minutes."

    5 Jan 2012 Reply
  • DonPinguin

    "can you make that sound stop please?" :D

    3 Jan 2012 Reply
  • ajablagargala

    What am I listening to.

    5 Dec 2011 Reply
  • diantc333

    Haha it's not even Conor in the interview, it's his friend impersonating him lol

    28 Nov 2011 Reply
  • fuckzack

    could you please stop that noise?

    14 Nov 2011 Reply
  • mari0rdinary

    I love the interview at the end [2]

    8 Oct 2011 Reply
  • i-mees

    This is such an amazing track.

    6 Sep 2011 Reply
  • _Mitchell

    Early live versions of this song were just under 3 minutes

    22 Jul 2011 Reply
  • therhapsody

    First 2:17 = best Bright Eyes song [3]

    12 Jul 2011 Reply
  • TimeConsumer

    i love a lot of Bright Eyes songs, and this is by far one of my favorites.

    25 Jun 2011 Reply
  • livesfordanger

    i think i love the interview even more than the song. and i fucking love the song

    25 Apr 2011 Reply
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