Electric Guest Has Us All Abuzz

The very first band that I was turned on to after moving to Los Angeles was Electric Guest. A new coworker and I were running errands for the office and she asked me what kind of music I like to listen to. After prattling off artists like Robyn, Vacationer, and Broken Bells, she played “This Head I Hold” and I was hooked 15 seconds in! During the process of getting my hands on everything of their’s I could find, I realized this was not some hyper local group of guys playing the LA house party scene; I was talking to people about them that were recent transplants, like myself, who were already wise to the super cool sounds of Taccone and Compton.

In addition to creating music that could be described as anything from retro-tinged indie pop to shoegaze-infused nu soul, Electric Guest’s live show (which includes brothers Todd and Tory Dahloff) has been heralded as raw, real, and pumping with emotions. The band has played all over the world, including SXSW in the U.S., Leeds Festival in the U.K., and Splendour in the Grass in Australia. Vocalist Asa Taccone’s voice seemingly envelopes you from some dreamy, far away place while confident drum work from Matthew Compton keeps listeners grounded and in the moment. Pair with catchy melodies and the fact that they’re pretty effin’ adorable, and this So Cal-based band has a recipe for success – a recipe that has been acknowledged by the likes of the NFL, Crate & Barrel, HBO’s Girls, and MTV’s Teen Wolf.

Their debut full-length album, Mondo, was released in April 2012 and produced by Danger Mouse, who is a friend of Taccone’s older brother Jorme. Jorme Taccone is a member of The Lonely Island trio, whose video for “Dick In A Box” was produced by Asa…and won an Emmy. Currently, Electric Guest is touring with Hands and strange names on the Red Bull Sound Select Tour and will be touring with Silversun Pickups in October before playing Austin City Limits.

So my fellow minxes, if you’ve been searching for the perfect tunes to vibe to, with more depth than the beeps and boops that are currently all the rage courtesy of the electronic dance music scene, give a listen to Mondo and fall in love – the way we did!