How are you preparing the release of your new album “Discodelica”?
To be honest, we’re more focused on preparing to record a new album in January right now.
We have a four song demo ready that we recorded at home.
It’s something completely different but magically paralleled to what we’ve been doing. “Discodelica” was simply a beautiful exercise of us as song writers and touring musicians.
We’re actually going to change the name of the album to “El Jale”, which means work. The album will be released digitally as Singles and EP’s in monthly volumes.
We wrote these songs this summer….after we finished a west coast tour, and prepared for an extensive two month tour, we managed to record 10 songs in two days on our time off.
How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
For this album I found myself rushing to write lyrics and simply took lines and verses from old notebooks.
Those lines were written in college as random stream of consciousness moments I had when I got bored.
I usually sing or scat a melody and then write lyrics to it.
This time I was forced to be more creatives with the melodies since I was forced to arrange the notes to flow with the words.
Do you remember writing “Alitas”?
Alitas was written as I waited for everyone to set-up for practice in our garage. I arrived early and began riffing on the guitar.
Initially I was thinking of our friends band “Quita Penas” sound and decided to riff on something similar but with my own take. They’re a wonderful band with a tropical vibe. The song is the product of 3-5 minute spontaneous jam I had.
What inspired the lyrics of “Dr. John”?
The process to writing the lyrics to “Dr. John” were kinda weird. It began as a narrative story about someone taking a trip to “pick up” late at night. To “pick up” what, was always ambiguous, but relative to the listener.
I only had a few verses and needed more lyrics to accompany the +5 minute song (our longest recorded song to date)!!
The song felt like it stretched out forever when we jammed on it. We played a show in the desert, took some outer space vibes and I spontaneously decided to give the song a shroomie/lucid dream trip narrative.
The trip becomes an odyssey in the fashion of Homer but with a psychedelic twist. Sound, sight and time take on a chaotic twist as the solo emerges and are equally expressed in the lyrics.
What is the best verse you ever wrote?
I haven’t yet.
And the one of your favorite song (not written by you)?
Nietzsche’s “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” has always felt like a nice song like way of writing. The following lines has been one of my favorites.
“I say unto you: one must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star”
What is the last song you wrote?
I’m working on a song inspired by Raphael’s “Balada de la Trompeta”.
What does music mean to you?
Music is the food of love
What makes you happy in life?
Being creative and productive. Traveling makes me smile and appreciate our hometown of East LA.
What is the best thing of performing for your audience?
Getting them to dance and completely lose themselves in our music. Their nostalgic embrace of our past.