LESS ART

FOR FANS OF: Thrice, hot Snakes, Quick­sand

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LOOK, IT MIGHT BE THE CAF­FEINE TALK­ING HERE, BUT THESE MEN LOOK PRETTY FA­MIL­IAR TO US… HAVE WE SEEN THEM BE­FORE?

You may have had a few pots of cof­fee – as have we – but you’re ab­so­lutely right. Less Art fea­ture Thrice broth­ers Riley and Ed Breck­en­ridge, Kowloon Walled City’s Ian Miller and Jon How­ell and for­mer Curl Up And Die vo­cal­ist Mike Min­nick. “We’d al­ways wanted to do mu­sic to­gether, but we were busy,” says Mike.“then Riley and Ian formed a joke base­ball band called Puig De­stroyer [named in homage to leg­endary player Yasiel Puig, pro­nounced pw-eeg]. Riley knew that I liked base­ball and scream­ing, I guess. I was stoked to do it. Jon joined after.after a few records, I emailed the guys and talked about do­ing a real band.”

SO ARE WE AL­LOWED TO SAY ‘POSTHARDCORE SU­PER­GROUP’, THEN?

With their col­lec­tive his­tory, you may be tempted to la­bel this new project as a su­per­group. Here’s a pro-tip: don’t.“you hear that term and it should be peo­ple from elite bands, like a dude from Slayer, a dude from Me­tal­lica and Ozzy on vo­cals,” laughs Mike.“the guys I’m with are re­ally tal­ented; they have the pedi­gree and they’re great – but we can’t con­trol what peo­ple say.”

WHAT SORT OF STUFF IN­FORMED THEIR AMAZ­ING DE­BUT, STRAN­GLED LIGHT?

While Mike ad­mits his Curl Up And Die lyrics were largely in­tro­spec­tive, Less Art takes a long, hard look at the wider world – and the re­sults are as pretty as a car crash. “I’m get­ting an­grier as I get older.when I was in Curl Up And Die, I was a young adult and had frus­tra­tions, but that’s emo­tional stuff you have to fig­ure out.with this, I’m less afraid to talk about so­cial and po­lit­i­cal is­sues.this is a gift that I get to do this again, so I’m not go­ing to pull any punches.”

THE BAND SOUND PRETTY AG­I­TATED IN THEIR MU­SIC. IS THAT AN AL­LER­GIC RE­AC­TION TO TRUMP?

These songs were writ­ten be­fore Trump be­came pres­i­dent, so you can maybe pin some of the de­but’s dis­com­po­sure on cup after cup of de­li­cious black gold.“ev­ery­one in the band are cof­fee fa­nat­ics and we’d go to this amaz­ing shop in Oak­land called Time­less Cof­fee,” says Mike.“now we have our own cof­fee called Stran­gled Light Roast. Cof­fee is the sixth mem­ber.” As you can see, Less Art’s su­per­charged ex­tra mem­ber might not ap­pear in pho­tos, but – just like the band’s brand of post-hard­core – it’ll leave you shak­ing and des­per­ate for more.

“I’m not go­ing to pull any punches…”

(L – R:) Jon How­ell (gui­tar), Riley Breck­en­ridge (drums), Mike Min­nick (vo­cals), Ian Miller (bass), Ed Breck­en­ridge (gui­tar)

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