over the past couple of years have recorded and released two albums and toured pretty much constantly, taking their Hebrew-sung afro-pop around the globe. The band started in 2007 as a side project of as a side project of musicians Luke Top and Lewis Pesacov, the latter of fellow L.A. band Foreign Born
. On their newest album, Leave No Trace
, the band solidifies its lineup, whittling it down to five members (with Garrett Ray, Brad Caulkins and Salvador Placencia), and adds some spark to their sound, with more electronics, hookier songs, and lyrics sung in English, while retaining the North African-style guitar work that made them popular to begin with. I spoke with frontman Luke Top about the new album and the development of the band’s sound over the past couple of years.
|Luke Top (second from left) and Fool's Gold
PST: It seems like you guys were trying to make a more fun record the second time around. Was that an intentional change?
Top: It's funny, I don't know if that's necessarily ... to me that’s not necessarily the aesthetic of the record. It's kind of interesting to hear people’s take on it. … I wouldn’t say our goal was to be a party band, per se, although we do party at our shows. We do bring that energy sometimes. Some of our shows can be ecstatic almost orgies at times. I wouldn't say we're really trying to direct that energy on the album. I think if anything we wanted to capture more moods on this record. Just like lots of different shades of what we're able to do. I guess if you have something you can connect to at a party or by yourself with headphones in a dark room, definitely it's able to capture different types of listening experiences. I'm not saying don't put it on at a barbecue, by all means please do.