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LAist Interview: Jesse Kivel of Princeton

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With their gorgeous dark harmonies and oddly perky melodies, LA's own Princeton, are making waves where ever they go. Unafraid to venture where many pop bands fear to tread, these rockers add all and every instruments they've got handy to their pop songs. The result is a lush interesting pop sound that makes you want to grab a tambourine and join in. The band is comprised of the Kivel twins, Jesse and Matt, and their buddy Ben Ulsen. The LAist caught up with Jesse Kivel yesterday. He was kind enough to speak to us.

How did you guys get together?

Jesse: In 2005 Matt, Ben, and I were all studying abroad in London. We had been making music together for awhile but this was the first time we had all lived in the same city in a long time. We used the opportunity to write new songs and play out at a variety of questionable London pubs, pizza parlor's and warehouses. The shows were sometimes fun, and sometimes scary!

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What band would you dread being compared to?

Jesse: Hmm, I guess that's a tricky question. Band's I would really dread being compared to would be like Nickelback, Staind, Puddle of Mudd, Limp Bizkit, these bands are just in a league of their own and if you get grouped in with that, well I am afraid I would have to stop making music immediately. Although I must admit, I did have that chocolate starfish CD in high school. Fred Durst won my heart.

What do you love most about LA?

Jesse: My favorite thing about LA would have to be the desserts that are spread throughout all of LA. The cookies, cupcakes and pastries are everywhere and because LA is so big, there is a lot to go around. Especially delicious are Auntie Em's red velvet cupcakes as well as their chocolate chip cookies