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Morgan Phalen: Yeah, totally, that's where we got the phrase.We came across the term in a contract, right when we were bouncing around names for the band.It stands out as so archaic and fantastical in the context of a stiff legal document.
It is something in law that is used like membership card to an exclusive club.
No powerless, underdog nation would be granted a Most Favored Nations status.
It's reserved for established economies with indisputable bargaining power.
The band was playing an impromptu show in the streets of Austin at SXSW in 2012 when the legendary Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein passed by.
Liking what he heard, Stein asked Almquist for a CD.
Almquist had no idea that his admirer was none other than the man who once signed The Ramones, Talking Heads, and Madonna, and only two weeks later did he understand his good fortune. Mike Ragogna: Morgan, in law, the term "Favored Nations" is loosely interpreted as a signing entity will not receive less payment than anyone else involved in an agreement, and is seen mostly in licensing.Obviously, as the phrase implies, this must mean the group Favored Nations just wants their fair share, right?We threw out phrases and words from our individual histories and they didn't resonate.Finding something that is part of the history of the band is a much simpler game.So we were initially attracted to Favored Nations in the absurd sense, in the void of our ignorance.Yes, it is a clause that gives equitable returns to all partners in a contract, but what I find most compelling, and what I identify with, is that it is exclusionary in its broader implementation.