Meet LA Font, my latest noise obsession as the only lo-fi band in LA that seems to be aware of the importance of their gits natural distortion. We were just pleased as punch when Danny Bobbe (DB), songwriter/vocals/guitar and Greg Katz (GK), bass took the time to share some thoughts last week.
Tell me a little about your history with music. How did this relationship start? Where did you meet? Who went after who?
GK: My mom always says when I was 2 or 3 I told her that “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and the ABCs have the same melody and it blew her mind. It goes back a ways.
Where did the name LA Font come from?
GK: Danny was walking down the street when he first moved into L.A. and saw the Department of Water and Power’s distinctive typeface. Thus a band name was born. Also, it’s a pun.
What did you learn from recording Sharks?
DB: Interns are useless.
Correct. Why ‘Sharks”?
GK: We felt like it was the best song we had going when this great label called Sister City Records asked if we wanted to do a 7″.
Also correct. Give me some insight into your music + songwriting process
DB: The more whiskey the better. The most whiskey the worst.
What’s your go-to source for inspiration?
GK: Loud distorted electric guitars.
What is the strangest thing that‘s ever inspired a song?
DB: When the Lakers won the NBA title in ’09 I got swept into the downtown riots afterwards. Wrote a song called “Free Soda” – lyrics like, “We are the people and we want free soda.” Like, what do people do when they finally gain the power of the mob? Ransack a motherfucking Chevron convenience store.
How do you handle creative differences?
GK: After two years together, we’re pretty much on the same page. Danny brings in melodies and lyrics, Jon and I tinker with the arrangements and song structures and Harlow sets the grooves. The biggest creative arguments are over small things like whether to repeat the chorus again at the end.
Can you state the band’s mission as a superhero tag line?
DB: To boldly go to Europe, where many indie bands have been before.
What is LA Font’s most epic glory to date?
DB: KCRW spins are the best.
Now your most mortifying show?
DB: I jumped on stage with Ty Segall at Spaceland. Deep regret surrounding that.
And finally, the most memorable moment on-stage?
DB: I tripped over the monitor and fell off the stage at Silverlake Lounge a few weeks ago. My ex-girlfriend was standing in the back. Good times.
We live in the land of hostile audiences – how do you deal with the LA arm-fold?
DB: Eh, whatever.
Instant karma! So, how do you engage and utilize your fans?
GK: We love it when people who like our music come to our shows. We like to utilize those people for their clapping, singing along and moshing abilities.
Tell me about your most surreal fan interaction.
DB: Greg’s mom was like, “Are you Danny Bobbe?” And I was like, “Are you Greg’s mom?” It was pretty awesome.
What’s is your all-time favorite critique the band ever received?
DB: My favorite compliment was when we were at a bar and this French guy went up to Greg and was like, “It’s so… so BUSHY!” in regards to his mustache.
What can Angeleno’s look forward to from LA Font in the next few months?
DB: I’m going to New York for my birthday so I’ll come back with a bunch of 80s synth bullshit to incorporate.
What has been the most rewarding part of the journey so far?
DB: The journey has been the most rewarding part of the moment.
Just for that, you‘re forced at gunpoint to get your karaoke on; go!
DB: No gun necessary. T Rex, “Life’s a Gas”
Name your Guilty Music Pleasure.
DB: LA Font, “The American Leagues”
The band is busy recording the follow-up to the well-received Sharks EP – for which Buzzbands LA hit the proverbial nail on the head with this assessment: “In an era scores of indie artists are making music so pretty it hurts, LA Font is managing to churn out tunes so hurtful they’re pretty… LA Font manages to embody the rock-’em-sock-’em indie of deities like Sonic Youth and Pavement and crackling wit of Cracker…”
For the Angeleno who likes their music the way God intended, namely, sweet and raw, catch their blistery goodness live: November 17 @ Silverlake Lounge and November 29 @ the Bootleg.