Issue 12  •  Spring 2013

It's Something Cosmic: An Interview with Eagle and Talon

Written by Sean Aguirre

{multithumb blog_mode=popup thumb_proportions=bestfit resize=1 full_height=600} Kim and Alice, the indie/art rock female duo from Los Angeles known as Eagle and Talon, are a force to be reckoned with. They have just completed their first LP, Thracian, and are ready to conquer the galaxy. To try to put into words the kind of sound that emanates from the world of Eagle and Talon would be a disservice, as these girls really have their own thing going on. Sure, one could make comparisons to bands past, but upon listening to E&T, it's more likely that you will contemplate the future.

{multithumb blog_mode=popup thumb_proportions=bestfit resize=1 full_height=600} Kim and Alice, the indie/art rock female duo from Los Angeles known as Eagle and Talon, are a force to be reckoned with. They have just completed their first LP, Thracian, and are ready to conquer the galaxy. To try to put into words the kind of sound that emanates from the world of Eagle and Talon would be a disservice, as these girls really have their own thing going on. Sure, one could make comparisons to bands past, but upon listening to E&T, it's more likely that you will contemplate the future.

Get with this album, my friends. Take it out on a date. Pick up the tab. You won't be disappointed unless you are not really in the mood to listen to a good album. You follow me? Kim and Alice are on our side in the battle against no-fun music. So they are our friends. And did I mention that their new album is fantastic? Well, it is.

Sean: Hello There! Sean here for Sadie Magazine. Thanks so much for taking the time out to talk! Just want to ask the two of you a few questions...

First off, I love the new album. It's fantastic. The title of your album is Thracian. I looked it up in Wikipedia and I'm still confused. Tell me, what is the significance?

Kim: There was a print hanging on my wall that said “Thracian” and we stared at it the whole time we were tracking at my apartment. It just seemed to describe our album perfectly.

Alice: Thank you! Don't feel bad about being confused. We didn't really know what it meant for a long time ourselves. In Wiki and [the] official dictionary world, it means "of Thrace" (as in the ancient territory around Greece/Bulgaria/Macedonia). In Eagle and Talon terms, it also refers to something hard or bound up in struggle. The word just sounds that way to us. You know how some people just look like an Elizabeth or a Burt? It's like that.

Sean: Thracian is your first full-length release. Did you have an idea of what you were going to do before you went into the studio, or was there a lot of in-the-studio spontaneous writing/experimentation?

Alice: I don't know about Kim, but I thought we were way more prepared than we actually were. Getting in the studio was a harsh reality check, like ‘Woahhh, this part I've been playing all these months (in public!) doesn't sound good...at all.’ There's something about knowing the music is going to be documented for posterity—it sharpens your hearing a lot.

{multithumb blog_mode=popup thumb_proportions=bestfit resize=1 full_height=600} Kim: There was a lot of out-of-studio experimentation but we couldn't afford to just hang out at recording studios and work on writing, although that would've been lovely! The main tracking had to be done in about five days so we were definitely rushing to get as much done as possible. The last day we were at the "nice" studio our session started at midnight, and we were there until about 7:00 a.m. Our sound engineer quit shortly after.

All of the songs were written before we went into the studio and we just wrote the bass parts, percussion, backup vocals, etc. as we went along, mostly in my dining room. We actually did overdubs at both of our apartments so we wouldn't have to pay for a studio.

Sean: You toured North America with [Australian pop singer] Sia. Any crazy stories about life on the road? Any adventures?

{sidebar id=8} Alice: The Sia tour was really fun, and also feels like a really long time ago. The craziest thing about that tour was the genre clash, but nobody booed us off stage so I guess that turned out OK... As for road adventures, we have a friend who has some video footage from our recent West Coast tour, so our secrets should be spilled sooner or later. But these days we're pretty domestic, at least in LA. Maybe I'll pour some beer on my head when we're in Brooklyn.

Sean: I am originally from Los Angeles (I lived in Eagle Rock for thirty years). In your opinion, where is the greatest place to go eat in Los Angeles?

Kim: The greatest? That's a hard question! There are two places that I love. One is Cru; it's a raw vegan place in Silver Lake. The other restaurant is Elf Café; it's organic, vegetarian, and amazing for people who adore kale (it's in Echo Park).

Alice: My friend lives in Atwater Village and when we're feeling really beat down or just kinda indulgent, we go to Canelé. Get the green salad, anything with polenta, the market fish, the cheesecake, the beets. I also love Square One Dining for breakfast (Intelligentsia drip coffee and the best French toast in town), BCD Tofu House for late night, and The Golden State (on Fairfax) for tasty California beers and a small but ridiculously delicious burger.

Sean: You are scheduled to play in Brooklyn on the twenty-first. Please give me all the details so I can be there!

Kim: On June 21, we're playing at this Tom Tom Magazine party; it's a magazine focused on girl drummers! We're also playing a couple other dates in New York. 

Alice: Yes, please tell your friends, and if you/they know any horn players in those cities, send them our way!

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