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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…”