He went on to explain the current rejuvenation of vintage ‘80s and ‘90s pop culture and the influence on their music. Moore detailed his affinity for street fashion and Aboud just shook his head and said it made no sense to him. This peer disapproval didn’t inhibit Moore in the least because as it became apparent later, the pair are stone cold soul brothers. That tight relationship comes across in their refreshingly good music.
Aboud and Moore collaborate on song writing.
“I’m in a long distance relationship,” Moore said. “When you care about someone who’s far away and you can’t do anything to be with them, is the inspiration for songs like ‘You Make Things Fun’ and ‘I Need Your Love’.”
Aboud’s songs begin as free-form poetry and then he bounces them off Maxwell for coordination of guitar lines. Sometimes they lyrically poke fun at their generation as in the composition titled “DTC,” an acronym meaning Down To Cuddle, skewering the more common texting shorthand DTF (down to f---).
“A lot of people our age catch on to that, but some older people don’t,” Moore gently and diplomatically explained after a thoroughly explicit translation of the above into Standard English.
“I want to be avant-garde, but it’s too damn hard,” Aboud said, quoting himself from the second track “Avant-Garde” of the Champs CD.
“Electric Forest” was written after attending a Flaming Lips concert. Anime or Japanese animation figures into Cosmostanza’s songbook as another muse from their childhood.
“I’ve always had a love for Japanese things,” Aboud said. “When I was in fifth grade I told Max we were going to move to a cool apartment in Japan where everything was white. I just love the people, culture and food.”