We spoke to Harriet ahead of their performance this weekend at A Sunday Kind Of Love and caught up about electronic music, burritos, being a band, basketball, and the record they are currently writing.
The first time we saw you guys play was at our SXSW party in 2011. How has the band evolved since then?
We play quieter. We have a new bass player and guitar player. We're more of a band.
SXSW was a long time ago, way before we even started recording our record. We're changing a lot currently. Recording started over a year ago and we actually just redid a song because of that. I don't think it's just that we can do it better now, but that our approach has become more specific. The song ("Bring Me When You Go") didn't really fit the record before. Now it does.
I guess it's just to be expected that the more time we spend together the more the collective identity forms, and not that we want to trap ourselves, but the easier it is to make music that sounds like us.
Your new material hedges towards electronic music more while retaining distinct roots in being an actual band who play their own instruments. Can you talk about this dynamic a bit?
We all love electronic music. Were just not very good at it. We started out using synths and drum machines, but all the music we were writing didn't sound very electronic. The method seems to be shifting a bit more towards taking the influence of electronic music's repetition, sounds, and rhythms and recreating them with our "normal" instruments. I think it ends up being a lot more interesting. It's best when you can't immediately place what a sound is.
The song we just redid actually had a lot more synths before, but now having replaced the bass synth with an electric bass it actually has more of the vibe of the electronic music we love. We want to live somewhere in between and at this point we just have more control over our guitars and shit than we do Ableton.
Los Angeles is our collective home, what are some things you love or hate about it?
The best part of LA is the amount of incredible ethnic food. China Town, Thai Town, the other Thai Town in the Valley, Korea Town, taco trucks, etc. It's such a huge city, and there are so many mini-cities within it, that you can find anything. The bad part about this is the distance between all of it, especially with how shitty traffic gets here. Rush hour can ruin a day.
What's your favorite place to get a burrito?
Unless you're looking for a margarita, you should probably be eating at a taco truck. My two favorites are Tacos Leo on Venice and La Brea for the grilled pineapple they slice onto their al pastor, and La Tehuana on 3rd and Normandie for the best tortillas anywhere.
Are you Lakers or Clippers fans?
Lakers, mainly by way of Henry.