The stunts were done in protest "Wall Street's dirty ways" according
to the release. The band also had this to say: "Our mother is a bank
manager at Bank of America. Our father is a small business owner. We
believe in the American Dream. But the dream is broken. You and I have
something in common, we want the good life. But there is a problem.
Wall Street's dollar is dirty. Let's burn that dirty dollar. We are not
economists. We don't have a solution. But through symbolism we can
raise awareness together."
A publicist for Living Things told me that over the course of
several shows at SXSW, a total of $200 went up in smoke but also
donated that much to a homeless shelter.