Interview: Loa Loa
How exactly do you deal with it all when everything you thought you knew and held dear comes crashing down around you? It’s certainly something in the quite literal sense that a sizable chunk of the global population has to deal with on quite a regular basis (the really depressing revelation is that’s the kind of Syria shit that gets filmed and subsequently broadcast to the world – which makes one think about the stuff that doesn’t quite make it on to the evening news…), but fortunately we don’t have to deal with in the western hemisphere so much. So we guess we have to look at that question in a more individual context. We’ve had shit metaphorically blow up in our face lots of times. We’ve had fall outs with our family and closest friends, which typically leave us quite winded until those disputes are resolved. We’ve lost more jobs than we’ve been given them. We suppose, as the man said, these things happen – and we’d like to hope that the man would go on to say that the important aspects is how to pick oneself up when they inevitably must fall down all the time. That’s what we like to think today’s interviewees Loa Loa are about. Hilariously pronounceable in the conversational context, especially between a music company director and a label manager who are absolutely going deaf due to the amount of blisteringly-loud music they both listen to on a regular basis, we would also not (ironically) recommend googling what a Loa Loa actually is. Because it’s fucking horrible. The clue is in the image depicted above. Eurgh. On a more personal level, Loa Loa (the musical entity) has within its ranks someone that we perceive to have a very bright future in music and indeed real life in general called Josh. Josh is a fucking lad and even though we don’t get to hang out with him very much, that doesn’t detract at all away from the aforementioned fucking-ladness that he possesses. Quite frankly, we feel that Loa Loa was the band he was always meant to be in. They rock rather loudly and thereby add to our perpetual going-deafness in the most delightful way, but the songs on offer online at this point – inclusive of previous Track Of The Day effort Landslide, which we now understand is pretty much the embodiment of the emo-leaning blatherings we’ve blathered on about above, as well as more recent offering Monet which is getting it’s due/proper from many online outlets more important than our own – inherently possess a quality of sincerity in its fabric. So, to recap: Loss; Persevering; Being a fucking lad; Rocking out; Sincerity; Credibility. Got all that? Cool. Let’s chat to ’em.
Loa Loa – Monet
Could you introduce yourselves for the hi-brow readership of the Killing Moon blog?
Alrighhht, we’re Loa Loa from Brighton…
KM: Details, right? Who needs ’em anyway.
Loa Loa – Landslide
Favourite release of the last 12 months, and why?
The new Crows EP – Unwelcome Light has been on repeat since it came out a few weeks ago. The EP sounds so visceral and the songs represent some of the best post punk I’ve heard in recent times. Start with the track Whisper and thank me later.
KM: Props for recommending something we might actually go on to listen to \m/[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgPKlyDnp-g]
Favourite show of the last 12 months, and why?
Fat White Family at The Coronet in London was fucking great. I had no idea how big the venue was before getting there; after seeing them play much smaller stages in the past it just seemed like a right celebratory night. It’s ace to see a band so subversive and weird get the popularity they deserve.
KM: We have only seen Fat White Family once before. They were introduced to a less-than-rapturous London music industry at the Lexington’s 5th birthday party about 2 or 3 years ago. We couldn’t understand a fucking word they were saying. Then again, we are going deaf.[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ebvby0gu0I]
If you could moon anyone, or anything, who or what would it be?
I don’t think anyone of us would have the gut instinct to moon anyone in the immediacy of a moment. It’s definitely a very valid form of expression though, most tastefully done by Jarvis Cocker during MJ’s Brit performance of 96. I don’t know if you saw it but the Yeezy Spring 2016 fashion launch could have been greatly improved by a moon or two.
KM: So you’re into the whole pensive mooning motif. We can appreciate that. Think before bearing your arse to the intended recipient. We didn’t get to see the Yeezy thing sadly. They don’t invite us to fashion-facing things, mainly because we don’t really understand the value that people place on such items; and usually we say that kind of stuff out loud. Hence the non-invitation. If you can get us in though, we’d love to be your plus one. Here’s the classic MJ moon. We would have put the whole sordid performance up, but it’s over 10 minutes long and quite frankly who has the attention span for that these days?[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJluMi8bXYo]
You’re about to be killed. You get to pick one song to hear before your inevitable demise. What’s it gonna be?
We’d feel at peace with the universe if the last thing we heard was this:[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yv0BPmeL7o]
Killing In The Name Of, or Dark Side Of The Moon?
Killing In The Name!
Loa Loa’s new single Monet is out now.
They play The Great Escape’s launch night at Brighton’s Green Door Store on 18th May, followed by Brighton Electric on 20th May.
Mad props to Josh.