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LAist Interview: Annuals' Adam Baker (and his mom, and Zach Galifianakis)

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Tonight the Annuals are headlining the Troubadour. Although this North Carolina-based indie/folk/pop six-piece outfit has played some high-profile shows (at Coachella last year, and they've already appeared on Conan twice) they've never headlined a gig here in LA. However, they've been through here a couple times before as a supporting act, most recently in November when they played The Fonda with Minus The Bear. LAist was there and had a chance to get in a few questions with 22 year old lead singer Adam Baker, as well as a couple of the Annuals' biggest fans: Baker's mother (who flew in from North Carolina) and celebrity alt-comic Zach Galifianakis...

LAist: You've mentioned in past interviews that the music of Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle) is a major influence on everyone in the band. Besides Mike Patton, can you name some other influences?

Adam Baker: It's weird because, growing up, my mom listened to beach music, like the Beach Boys, and my dad listened to folk and country, and a lot of soul and motown kinda stuff. So I got the beach from her, and the motown and the country from him. So, Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, Radiohead, Bjork, Secret Chiefs 3... there's just so many...

I see you guys are hanging out here with comedian Zach Galifianakis. How did you guys become friends? Is it because you're all from North Carolina?

It probably is a North Carolina thing. He somehow heard of us, and had us open for one of his comedy shows in New York. It was fun. And then we hung out with him on New Year's Eve at this really weird party. It was us, and about 10 of his friends, and, I can't even tell you what went on. But Zach is a really cool guy, and I hope we get to be in one of his sketches on TV sometime. We're not funny people, but we'd like to be.