Who says there are no monkeys on the album? Nobody Loves You Like Me could be about someone mourning the loss of their monkey. Who says the Nemesis is not a monkey? Who says it's not a french monkey pretending to be Rick Springfield?The opportunities for monkeys are endless!
I've been a bad fan. I've avoided watching youtube vids of the new songs, wanting to wait (and wait and wait) for the studio album. I need to know the songs first before I can appreciate a version that sounds muddy and hard to understand! I've seen many of them live in person, though.
On a more serious note, could Now I Am An Arsonist be about either the Columbia or Challenger Space Shuttle disasters (or both), as told from the point of view of the ship itself? Because judging by the lyrics that's the impression I get.
If Now I Am An Arsonist sounds like The Decemberists, then I'm going to have to check out The Decemberists.
Here is a quick chain of thoughts I just had while listening to Len's Geek A Week interview with Bill Amend (I only recently realised there was a podcast of it):
Comic syndication->webcomics->xkcd->Creative Commons->Somebody should make an animated video for Nemeses featuring Black Hat Guy and White Hat Guy! ... ... Oops, there's no white hat guy... I meant, somebody should make an animated video for Nemeses featuring Black Hat Guy and Hat Girl!
While I was looking for those, I figured out how to make people who have listened to the live version of The Stache too many times stumble.
Also, at least the first time it's said, before it becomes all metaphorical and to do with the ring destroying the wearer somehow, the 'watch me dissolve' could mean, 'watch me turn invisible due to the powers of the ring'