In conversation with: The Molochs

Having released their most recent record Flowers in the Spring last year, indieBerlin are excited to announce that The Molochs will be completing the lineup for tomorrow night’s Basement Bash extravaganza at Urban Spree!

The Los Angeles-based group hold a thoroughly old school tone, with jangly guitars and earworm-inducing melodies galore. Try to imagine a jam session involving Ray Davies and Bob Dylan, and you’ll understand where this exciting new band are coming from.

indieBerlin: If your music was a movie, which genre would it be in?

Lucas: At this particular moment, maybe something like Can’t Hardly Wait, She’s All That and Clueless.  or maybe something more like Where The Day Takes You… a sort of L.A. neo noir from the early 90s.

iB: Where do you get your inspiration from?

L: Ideally from everything. The more you’re open the more rich your stuff can be. It doesn’t just have to be other music or even sound that inspires you. Could be experiences, things you read, numbers, colours, fights…

iB: What music do you listen to when you’re touring?

L: It’s fun to listen to stuff that comes from whatever area you happen to be in. It’s also a good time to try music you haven’t heard before – and a lot of times what I’m listening to is feeding into what the next record will sound like.

iB: What was your biggest onstage fuck-up?

L: Every show – my biggest onstage fuck-up is not being James Brown or Shaun Ryder.

iB: What was the nicest compliment you once got?

L: Just the other night a guy approached me after our set. He asked to buy a CD, and I told him we didn’t have any CDs.  Then he asked if he could be honest with me (and for some stupid reason I said yes) – he said he loved the records, but after seeing us live he was disappointed. He went on about how he thought the set was boring and was missing something. He said he loved the records!

My biggest onstage fuck-up is not being James Brown or Shaun Ryder

iB: How do you feel about covering a song?

Lucas: I think it’s great and can be really fun.  The important thing is to inject your own personality into it. That doesn’t mean you have to drastically change the song, though, cos you can ruin it. It’s a fine line, I guess. The Close Lobsters from Glasgow do a really good cover of a Neil Young song, and throw their own lyric in about Nikki Sudden.

iB: With whom would you never share the stage with?

L: A band with songs that last more than 3 minutes.  or anybody more famous than us.

iB: In ten years you look back to today and think:

L: Hopefully something like, “wow I was so poor back then! what a bastard I was.” Something like that.

iB: Do you dream in colour or black and white?

L: Absolute colour.

iB: Do you see your songs in colour or in black and white?

L: It depends on whether the songs have images or not. Sometimes they’re completely about a feeling or a thought process, and it isn’t about colour at all.

Photo credit: Jeff Fribourg

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