You're totally right. I have more distance from the things that were so raw and close then. [Scattered Trees' final album, "Sympathy," was written and recorded following the sudden death of Eiesland's father.] Now I can understand what happened from a different perspective, and that's something I've been exploring in my songs and lyrics. Before death was something I didn't understand, and now I think I've gained a comfort level with it. Death doesn't scare me anymore.

What does scare you then?

Honestly? Bats freak the [bleep] out of me. I was a farm kid in Minnesota, so I had a lot of tennis racket battles with bats in the house.

On and On, 10 p.m. Fri. March 8 at Schubas. $12.

Nate Eiesland personality test
What's the last album you bought? " 'Great Songs of Christmas 8' by the Goodyear Company. It was this album I got in a Salvation Army, and I spun it all Christmas."
Song you've listened to on repeat recently? "I guess 'Quick Canal' by Atlas Sound."
Song you never want to hear again? " 'Da Da Da' [by Trio]. I think the first time I heard that song I never wanted to hear it again."
Best concert you've seen in the last year? "Hmm. Probably Tame Impala at Metro. They put on a really good show."
New band you don't know personally that deserves to be big? "Young Magic. Their new album 'Melt' is really great."
Favorite movie ever? "Disney's animated 'Robin Hood' with the foxes. Not because it's cool, because I don't think it's cool for me to say. But if it were ever on I'd watch it and enjoy it. I don't think I could ever get sick of that movie."
Chicago's best music venue? "Oh man. They're all really good ... but I'd probably have to say the Metro."