So now let's talk about Treehouse. What was the inspiration behind the album's concept? It reminded me of treehouses where kids go to escape or play. Was that part of the inspiration?
HALPERN: That's pretty much it!
HAWLEY-WELD: You totally got it!
HALPERN: We were just like, let's make everyone feel like they're kids and go to this sort of sacred clubhouse that everyone's included in. They can make up their own rules and be whoever they want to be and the adults aren't there to tell you what to do.
Do you guys think that stems from kids wanting to grow up too fast?
HALPERN: I don't actually think it's a commentary to that. When you grow up, you realize that when you're a quote, unquote adult, you're actually just a grown child. We're not changing that much, you know? We still get excited about stupid shit.
What other references did you all utilize?
HAWLEY-WELD: The concept of the treehouse is a big part of it but specifically a tropical treehouse. Tuck and I just feel like that landscape is the most inspiring to us and it's the one that we feel the most drawn to. There's something about it that feels extra escape-y because neither of us grew up in the tropics, but we did spend some time there. That was probably our highest feeling of being connected to nature and that childhood spirit. It's just so beautiful.
Where are some of your favorite destinations where you feel that connection to nature?
HAWLEY-WELD: For me, it's Brazil. I felt so connected to nature the entire time I was there.
HALPERN: For me, it's less exotic. It's just Florida because I didn't leave the country when I was growing up, but it was always a happy place in my mind. There's sunlight, palm trees, and the ocean. When we make music, we want [it] to transport us to this place.