Q:There is a good music scene in Morgantown. How supportive of an atmosphere is it?
A: Josh Ratliff: "Well, it's small but very supportive. There are a lot of fresh bands taking off lately, which is very cool. 123 [Pleasant Street] is definitely doing a proper job of scene-building. Plenty of local shows are going on all the time these days.
"It's neat, because a lot of the scenes have tons of overlap. People coming out to the dubstep shows are coming to the metal shows, too. It's very inclusive. Everyone here just likes having a good time and maybe a drink or three."
Q:Some bands don't release CDs anymore, choosing to put everything out digitally. You released "Shanghaied" that way in November. What are your thoughts on getting your music out in this digital age?
A: John Jacob: "I listen to a lot of music online, and that's where I think it's most important for our music to be. People go online to listen to music, so our music needs to be online.
"Other than that, we try not to put too much stock in Internet promotion and all that. It seems unlikely that you can make many meaningful connections through social-networking and online media. Those kinds of things happen in the real world, between people."
Q:You've both mentioned on Facebook how much work goes into rehearsing and recording. How seriously do you two take False Pterodactyl?
A: John Jacob: "I take this project about as seriously as I take anything in life. Following the whole wrist injury thing, I'm just stoked to be making music at all, let alone making this music" [Jacob took a few months off from playing guitar because of a repetitive-stress injury.] "I don't really have a backup plan, ha-ha."
Josh Ratliff: "Dead serious. (Laughs.) No, we're really liking the results of this collaboration, and we want to see it out. I think we're only starting to hit our stride and find our sound.
"We're definitely both kind of floored at the reaction we've gotten a couple times. We're both confident in what we're playing, so that kind of allows us to just fully commit to it when we're on stage."
John Jacob: "Yeah, this is the first band I've been in where I could just freak out on stage. I love it."
Q:Are you looking forward to playing The Empty Glass?
A: Josh Ratliff: "The Empty Glass is a great place to introduce ourselves to the town, and we're super glad those folks are having us. So many amazing acts have been there over the years."
John Jacob: "Yeah, we are really stoked to play Charleston. We're hoping this will be the first of many great shows that we play there."