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I think I am pretty mellow, thoughtful and reserved, and Aaron is highly energetic and enthusiastic, as well as outgoing. He makes friends everywhere! I’m sure our energies translate in our music… Because we’re different, we challenge each other all the time. We’re both very head strong. We push each other to do our best.
We started in 2008, after we moved to Wisconsin and left our bandmate in Rahdunes in San Francisco. We naturally needed a new music project. Rahdunes was more improvised drone/ psych noise, and peaking lights was started with the idea of creating « fucked modern pop ». We started our band in a tiny apartment in the dead of winter, and soon moved to a huge house in the middle of nowhere, countryside wisconsin, where we had room for a studio and the isolation to really focus. It was a beautiful spot surrounded by trees and hills, the wisconsin river, and tons of wildlife. It was really an inspiring place to live and work on music.
Our musical influences are so varied, like our mixtapes! It’s impossible to name a couple as being the most important. PL was initially very inspired by kraut rock bands from the 70s, Cluster, Flaming Tunes, tons of Dub and reggae artists, afro beat, garage and soul 45s, and even bands like new order and tom tom club…
It’s a freeing experience to write and play music, and it’s also about sharing with others. Music is ideally enjoyed by the listener and can hopefully make them feel good as well! I think people really connect with each other through music. we always write with the intention to make music not just for ourselves but for everyone that hears it. Although, it’s not easy to explain the process of where that music comes from, it’s a place beyond yourself – you’ve got to let go of yourself to really find it.
Actually, imaginary falcons was released on night people records in 2009, and then later not not fun released it on cassette only. Shawn Reed who runs night people put out all our early recordings including our first cassette release, clearvoiant, then Imaginary falcons and space primitive. I think as a band we are always changing, and learning new things and expressing new ideas. But of course there are threads that tie the albums together. imaginary falcons was written that first summer living out in the country, and i think it’s very inspired by that experience. We had limited resources and recorded ourselves on 2nd hand reel to reel tape machines, with whatever mics we had lying around.. a lot of the record was recorded improvisations, parts of live jams. some songs were written, but still pretty loose, structurally. thats true for 936 too, the songs are somewhat written, but then they were jammed out live on the record. The biggest difference between IM and 936 is that we actually went into a nice recording studio to record 936. IM was very lo-fi in comparison, but on 936 you were able to actually hear all the sounds we were making!
Que signifie le titre de votre nouvel album, Lucifer ? What’s the meaning of the album title, Lucifer?
we wanted it to have a lot of groove, and because we were able to spend almost a month in the recording studio we had access to all this stuff that we don’t normally have – like a grand piano! But it was still written in a similar way to our previous records, some of the parts were written at home, especially the drum and bass lines, but then the rest including a lot of melodies and vocals were jammed out in the studio. Most of it was written in the studio, actually. I think our only goal was creating a good feel, music you can feel in your whole being.
It wasn’t really that planned, but we just always loved dub. One day when we were writing 936, Aaron asked if I could play a reggae beat on the drums. My answer was of course, no way! It’s really hard to play reggae drums, especially well! But he convinced me to try, so I did, and thats when we recorded « birds of paradise dub version ». it’s not really accurate drumming, but more my own interpretation of a reggae beat. I don’t think we are a dub band, just influenced by it!
Lucifer sort sur Mexican Summer et Weird World. Tu peux nous dire quelques mots Ã leur sujet ? Lucifer was released on Mexican Summer and Weird World. Could you say a few words about them?
Both labels are great to work with! It’s great to have solid team of people helping you bring your dreams into reality!
Restez-vous en contact avec Night People et Not Not Fun, vos premiers labels ? Avez-vous d’autres projets avec eux ? Are you still in touch with Night People and Not Not Fun, your previous labels? Would you consider any other project with them?
Sure! We’re still in touch with both! 936 is still released by NNF, and our other recordings are still being pressed by Shawn Reed at Night People. Shawn’s a great friend and will always be very dear to us. We would always be happy to work with him.
Aaron is especially involved in all the artwork, and created the 936 art, and also conceptualized the Lucifer cover art. But we had Robert Beatty do the final cover art for Lucifer, and Leif Podhajsky did the insert art, which we’re really stoked on! It’s super important to be involved with the aesthetic of your band, it says a lot about who you are i think, it’s how the world sees you.
Well, we left about 6 months ago,and now live in LA. But there is a small but cool scene there. When we were there we would organize shows at our vintage clothing and record store, Good Style Shop. Some of the local bands we became friends with included Second Family Band, Julian Lynch, Zola Jesus, Dead Luke, Max Elliot, Burial Hex, Spiral Joy Band, Trin Tran, Samantha Glass, Problem Child, Deep Shit and more… Once we started having shows people really came out of the woodwork! We sold our shop when we moved and it’s still a thriving hub for local and touring bands, which is really cool i think.
We opened Good Style Shop in 2009 as a way to support our music. We always loved thrifting, and started collecting vintage clothes and records and selling them online to support ourselves when we lived in the country. But after a while we thought it would be fun to open an actual store, and use it as a space to have art and music shows as well. So we found the space and opened the shop, not knowing much about running a business, but we learned quick! We were hoping it would be able to support us while we went on tour and worked on music, but it kind of became our life for a couple years.. I worked there almost everyday! We got to know so many cool people, and lots of local musicians. We had a regular crew of people that came to shows and even worked or volunteered at the store, to help it thrive. It was a famliy vibe, really cool. I’m so happy that a friend bought it from us and is continuing it in the same spirit – only they are better at it i think!
Oui ! Nous avons vraiment hÃ¢te de jouer pour ce festival ! Et puis, on adore Paris. Un concert est toujours bien meilleur si l’on peut vraiment se perdre dans la musique… Quand je relÃ¨ve la tÃªte parfois lors de concerts, je me rend compte que tout le monde a l’air tout autant en transe que moi, et Ã§a me plaÃ®t beaucoup.
Yes! We are so excited to play your fest! Plus we love visiting Paris. The live show is always best when you can really lose yourself in the music… It’s great to have that moment for me when I wake up and look out at the audience and everyone looks just as entranced as me!
We’ll be touring a bit this year to promote Lucifer, and starting to write the next record! Aaron also has a solo project called Faceplant, he’s releasing a couple songs on a comp record this year on Immune Records.
Que peut-on vous souhaiter pour 2012 ? What can we wish you for 2012?
De la LUMIERE et de l’AMOUR en 2012.
LIGHT and LOVE 2012
Traduction : Simone Apocalypse
Peaking Lights – Lucifer (2012, Weird World / Domino)
02. Beautiful Son
03. Live Love
04. Cosmic Tides
06. Lo Hi
07. Dream Beat
08. Morning Star