Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:53:08
Deluka's Bonds EP immediately connects. The band's artful amalgam of danceable synths, rock 'n' roll energy, and delightfully smart pop hooks makes for songs that prove equally sexy and sophisticated. You'll be moving along to those swinging choruses, but you may think a little bit as well. That's the real brilliance at the heart of Bonds.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Deluka's Ellie Innocenti and Kris Kovacs discuss the music, movies, and so much more.
Is there a thread that ties Bonds together for you?
Ellie Innocenti: I think it has a consistent sound, which I like about it. Kris and I listened to our last record the other day. We felt like it was super busy, and it really hopped from genre to genre whereas I think this one is really consistent. It feels quite light. It's not without some angst, but it definitely feels lighter and uplifting.
Kris Kovacs: There's a nice correlation between each track, like Ellie said. It's definitely more focused than our previous release.
What encouraged that focus?
Kris Kovacs: I think partly it was the move to Los Angeles. It grounded us and centered us a little bit better. Our previous record was obviously written in New York. It feels as frantic as living in New York whereas this one has a nice vibe to it. It sounds cliché that you move to L.A. and write a summer-y, breezy record.
Ellie Innocenti: That's really what happened [Laughs].
So many artists have come out here, experienced the sunshine, and found inspiration.
Kris Kovacs: True!
What's the story behind "Dead of Night"?
Ellie Innocenti: It's one of my favorites too. I just really enjoy that song. It's sort of written about an argument with your loved one. It's like when you get caught in that mood with each other. Then, you realize you still love each other, but you need to wrap the argument up a bit.
Kris Kovacs: You catch yourself in the middle of an argument and you say, "What are we doing?"
Ellie Innocenti: Then, the argument falls apart because it's like, "What's the point? Let's move on from this". That's the feeling for me.
How did it come together musically?
Kris Kovacs: If memory serves me correctly...most of our songs start from me programming a beat. First I got the beat together, and I wrote the verse. I knew I wanted a little space in it. I've always been guilty of filling too much of the frequency range with as many instruments as I can cram in. Once I got the beat down, I started making these off-kilter guitar parts. I got some chords down. Ellie and I tend to write in a tag-team situation. She'll hear it going in one direction. While she's writing lyrics over that, I can adjust chords as the melody starts to form. You just see where it leads you.
Where did "Blackout" come from?
Ellie Innocenti: It's a bit of a long distance relationship type of song. You can hear that. It's self-explanatory in the lyrics. It's got a somber vibe to it, yet I feel like it's got that optimism in there. It's got a sixties sound to it.
Kris Kovacs: We wanted that Phil Spector girl group nod, and I think we nailed it.
Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs?
Ellie Innocenti: As long as it's coming from a genuine place. Some of it is observational and some of it is personal.
What artists shaped you?
Ellie Innocenti: I was thinking about this the other day actually. As a kid, I loved bands like Garbage and Nirvana. The sorts of bands who got us excited about music were early 2000s indie groups such as The Futureheads, The Rakes, and Kasabian.
Kris Kovacs: We could practice our guitars and hone our skills to those bands.
Ellie Innocenti: We were going out, and we were super underage. That was the music we would get ready to and listen to with our friends. It's kept us moving forward and being excited about music.
If you were to compare Bonds to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
Kris Kovacs: That's a good question!
Ellie Innocenti: Yes!
Kris Kovacs: I was thinking of a good road movie. You can go wrong with a road movie. I would say that Steven Spielberg movie Duel. This guy's trying to drive across America and he's menaced by an 18-wheeler. I like that film. Ellie, have you got one?
Ellie Innocenti: I think of something like Vanishing Point where you get into a Challenger and just drive. Maybe you don't get into as much mischief as that.
Kris Kovacs: We love a Challenger [Laughs].
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