An interview with Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, a rock band from México city that NME describes as “Garage rock put through a fuzzy peyote filter.” (Note: you can stream either of their recent albums in this article while you read just scroll down a bit!)
Q:I know it’s asked a lot… Can either of you give me a detailed origin story?
Alberto: Before Lorelle Meets The Obsolete we used to play in another band called Soho Riots. One day Lorena shared with me a group of very personal and introspective songs she had been working on that didn’t quite fit our previous band and asked for my help to record them so she wouldn’t forget them. I added layers of this and that and then we realized we had an album worth like material. I later contributed with a couple of songs and that’s how our band started and On Welfare, our first LP, was born. We shared the album with Captcha Records, they liked it and decided to release it.
Lorena: When I wrote the songs for On Welfare I was going through a really hard time and our previous band had also become an extra problem simply because we couldn’t work as a team. I also realized it was really important for me to be in a band in which I felt connected musically and ideologically with the other members. Alberto and I are bonded this way so those songs were the perfect excuse to form a new band and start from scratch.
Q: So, your new album, Corruptible Faces… What was new about this album, compared to previous albums and efforts? How was recording the album? Is there a conceptual idea that strains the album together? What does Corruptible Faces mean?
Alberto: It’s definitely way more collaborative and complex than On Welfare. The songs on Corruptible came out of jams mostly. We would play for hours and build the structures between the two of us. Once we had the backbone of each song we started to record them at our place in México City. Besides the usual stuff (guitars, drums, bass, vocals) we added lots of synths, organs and other toys that belonged to our former roommate who was a synth freak. We also shared the studio space with him so we hadn’t much time to record the album. It took us nearly four months just to do the tracking.
Lorena: We moved from Guadalajara to México City few months before On Welfare was released and started to play several shows over there. We got really close to some bands and it was very disappointing to see how they would change their ethics and ideology just to get a bit of attention or recognition. So we preferred to stay out of it and learned new ways to work as a band. Corruptible Faces is about those moments.
Q: What’s your favorite song of any band? Why is it your favorite, if you have one?
Lorena: At this moment in my life I really enjoy listening to ‘Turn! Turn! Turn!’ by The Byrds. It just makes me very happy. It reminds me of good times but don’t know what exactly. I guess my parents listened to it a lot when I was a kid and got nothing to worry about.
Alberto: I really like Galaxie 500’s version of “Don’t let our youth go to waste”. I like it because they turned Jonathan Richman’s two-minute spoken word statement into a full-band anxious jam that leaves you right in the edge of a cliff.
Q: What influences you to make the music you make? Bands, people, concepts, etc…
Alberto: All sorts of music. Everyday I am deeply inspired by new bands that make me feel like there are lots of ways of approaching the same moment. It’s very motivating how music acknowledges all kinds of perspectives. It makes me feel tiny and insecure but then that very feeling pushes me to want to share my own version of the story.
Lorena: I also believe our music is really influenced by our day-to-day life. Everything counts I guess.
Q: If you could make another type of music for this band, what would it be, if you’d change?
Lorena: There are times in which I have this strong necessity of making something really quiet and stripped down with just guitar and vocals. I’ve tried to do long and slow songs inspired on early Low or Smog but they always end up noisy and droney. Maybe someday.
Alberto: I was thinking of chamber pop or something really raw and noisy but I just realized that I feel super comfortable and honest about the music I make for the first time. I wouldn’t change it. This is what I am. When I was younger I used to play in a band in which every song seemed like a rip-off from some other band. It sounded like a wedding band. It was awful and got sick by it so from that very point I decided to work hard on figuring out how I sound like.
Alberto: I’m sure we’re happy but we’re not completely satisfied by them. That’s what keeps us going. There are still lots of ideas that we haven’t explored successfully.
Q: Alejandro “Chivo” Elizondo shows up a lot as a special guest. Other than drumming, what does he bring to this band?
Alberto: Chivo is a very talented musician. He’s not only an awesome drummer he’s also a great guitar player (believe it or not he’s like the clash between J. Mascis and Kevin Shields) and songwriter. He was our live drummer for almost two years so being with him had a huge influence on us simply because he is a far better musician than we are so we had to keep ourselves up with him. He made the songs sound bigger and tighter. Unfortunately he returned to Monterrey to focus in his main band “Los Mundos” (you must check it out!) and we moved to Ensenada so I guess it won’t be easier for us to play together anymore.
Q: If you could sum up Lorelle Meets The Obsolete in one sentence, what would it be?
Alberto: Haunted songs about the uncertain.
Lore: Pattern music.
Alberto: I think our only goal is to keep doing things our way and at our pace. We honestly don’t care about attention, recognition, top sales or fame. We care about doing records, touring, creating bonds with people from all over the world, building new paths and forming a collaborative scene around us. I guess that would be our main goal, helping to create a sustainable and solid network in our country.
Lorena: We would love to help other bands in so many ways. We just want to make it easier for our friends to tour in Mexico and for Mexican bands to tour in the US. We’re actually working on a master plan to build some kind of community. We’ll see if we can make it work.
Q: What’s next for Lorelle Meets The Obsolete? Tour? New album ideas?
Alberto: We just got home from a one-month tour across the US and we’re touring in Europe in late September and early October. We’re actually doing this crowdfunding thing just to try to get some help to get over there: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-lorelle-meets-the-obsolete-get-to-europe
We also have a new 7” coming out in September and our new full-length will be released earlier next year.
Lorena: We’ve been recording new songs as well. We don’t have any formal jobs right now so we are really focused on our music.
Q: Any last words?
Alberto: Thanks a lot Dylan for reaching out to us!
Interview given & written by Dylan Tracy
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