Ahead of the release of their Danger Mouse-produced debut record, we had a very relaxed chat with LA-based indie duo Electric Guest. At the time of call, Asa Taccone was in an LA park, and Matthew Compton was in the studio. We managed to weasel out of them confirmation of a Splendour in the Grass set.
So, apparently we’re having a three-way.
Yeah, it’s super weird. Let’s hope it doesn’t get too awkward [both laugh].
Mondo is due out very soon. Are you getting excited?
Asa: Yeah, man. This is going to sound really cheesy but it’s so weird when your dreams come true. All of a sudden you’re thinking: “holy shit, this is actually happening.” I have to admit, I think both of us have been getting increasingly more excited.
Matthew: I totally agree. I keep thinking too, with all of these packed-out shows we are playing, I can’t wait until all of these people actually know all of the songs. That’s going to be so much better!
We did do this one show to about 30 people and there was a girl down the front that was actually singing the words to our songs. That was really awesome for me.
How did you manage to get Danger Mouse involved in the album?
Asa: We actually paid him $170,000 US. Kidding!
We’ve known him for a long time. I used to call my brother when he was in college and play him some of my songs. One day he said “you should play that for my friend.” That’s when Brian (Danger Mouse) got on the phone and listened to a couple of tracks and liked it. I ended up moving into his house in LA where he mentored me for a bit. After years of mentoring, he asked me if I wanted to do an album. That’s when we got in the studio.
How was SXSW?
Asa: Very cool. On the first day, bands have to register and it’s crazy because there are over 2,000 registrants. All the hopes and dreams of these fucking people are exactly the same. It’s hard to not freak out a bit.
Matthew: The BBQs were great! We got to play at a Jack White party that was really fucking cool.
Can we expect to see you in Australia any time soon?
Matthew: Yeah, we’re going to be there in July. Would that be for Splendour In The Grass? Yeah, it is. How did you know? Any band coming to Australia at that time of year is sure to be playing at Splendour. I’ve never been to Australia before so I’m super excited. It’s going to be awesome.
Check out extremely catchy track, ‘American Daydream’:
Lastly, bop along to ‘Troubleman’:
Electric Guest’s debut record Mondo is set for an April 24 release.