"For Back to Land, we decided to look back a little bit, to let our childhood influences, mostly classic rock, seep into the sound of the album. Part of that came from moving into a proper home for the first time in years, in a new city (Portland), and getting all of my old records out of storage.

The Silver Gymnasium is set in a very specific time and place from Sheff's childhood - in 1986 in the small town of Meriden, NH, where Sheff's parents worked as teachers for a boarding school. Sheff conceived the album as a tribute to the spirit of pre-adolescence, meant to evoke the nostalgic feeling of "an action figure you found in the woods."

“To be in the dark, wanting the light. To learn how to give without demanding anything in return. Wanting to challenge the world, and yourself.  But really, I probably just want the record to feel like something you’ve dug up from the dark ground.” Mariam The Believer

“When I was a kid in the late sixties and early seventies, my parents and their friends would play the records of Andy Williams, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Perry Como, music with string arrangements and men singing songs that sounded sad whether they were or not...

10 Jahre ART BRUT! Und auf der Website bittet Barnaby Fudge die digitale Fangemeinde die schlimmsten und lustigsten “vintage AB photos and videos” auf Twitter oder Facebook zu posten. Ein geschickter Aufruf, um sich mit dem “Best Of” Album ins Gespräch zu bringen. Doch wir sind der Meinung: ART BRUT haben das verdient!

„Es geht um die Zeit des Übergangs vom Jugendalter hinüber ins Erwachsenensein, in die verwirrende Hyperrealität“, konstatiert Woodkid, „ich erzähle von der spürbaren Veränderung des Körpers, von der ersten Sexualität, vom Nichtsoseinwollen, wie es die Norm verlangt, so lautet etwa eine Textzeile in ‚Run Boy Run’, ‚Run Boy Run!/This world is not made for you’.“