LAist Interview: Bracken
Bracken's profile page on Anticon says it best:
Bracken is a musical project spinning in a loose and ill-defined orbit around founder member Chris Adams. In another life, Chris, along with his brother Richard are known as co-captains of the good ship Hood. In this latest incarnation we see a side-step/stumble into a puzzling soundworld of future pop, analogue tape trickery, avant drone, loose dub flourishes, hip hop pacing and clattering drums.
So we emailed him all the way in the UK and asked some tired-ass questions.
How did you hook up with Anticon?
I recorded the album, sent the album to anticon and emailed them, waited around a bit and wondered why they weren't replying, checked that the internet connection was definately working, peered nervously at the computer, rang friends to make sure the phone was working, shook the computer about a bit, hassled the postman, paced around, got emailed back asking if i wanted to release the record on anticon. Said yes before they sobered up.
What influenced your departure from the style of Hood?
Restless nights fiddling about with computers and samplers. Hood is more "band" orientated whereas i wanted to really mess up some stuff and make something more dense than Hood which you can't really do with a live band. The tracks that made the final cut are definately the most palatable of my experiments, I'd originally intended to make something very,very difficult but it slowly developed into something with, you know, hooks and stuff (albeit obscure ones).
Are there any plans to play a Los Angeles show?
I'd certainly love to but I'm not sure when it will be. I was amazed by the response the Anticon artists got in LA when Hood played there with Dosh and Sole, incredible. I'd also like to see if the guy who kept trying to climb on stage is as drunk this time.
Whats up with British people's teeth?
Oh the whole situation is a nightmare, we're a laughing stock and I'm as guilty as anyone. I just don't think we see them as something that can be kept white or straight. It's like, you're eating with these damn things all day, they're getting stained and they weren't straight to start with so just run a brush over them twice a day and just don't smile. I think it's why we make so much moody music over here, we're scared to smile in case people see our teeth.