I find it funny (and not entirely unflattering) that people keep comparing us to They Might Be Giants. Though I'm of course familiar with such classics as "Istanbul" (mostly from Tiny Tunes) and "Particle Man," I don't actively listen to TMBG.
There's a little bit of self-effacing wit in some of my tunes, but I'm not writing silly songs. At least I don't think I am. Except for maybe Callisto, though I don't think most people listen closely enough to catch the triple-entendre at the heart of that tune.
Influences that I am actively aware of: The Wedding Present, The Cure, Swervedriver, Long Fin Killie. TMBG don't make the list.
Anyway, one man's steak is another man's spam. Or something like that.