We made up a story about these guys just for fun one random day. This story was inspired by both this particular music video and another of them on Letterman. Man they’re so into their sound. Especially the lady with the shaker. And dang this guy has got some serious whistling skillz. If that doesn’t prove their legitimacy, I don’t know what would.
We made up this story about them being from New Mexico, all twenty of them. They live in a couple trailers side by side. One, an old school Airstream. This one is the kitchen. The other, an early ’80s version RV. “Wood” paneling kind of hazy dark, but bright inside with gauzy curtains that blow from here to there in the dry New Mexican breeze. The cushions are covered in a striped ’70s palette, matted down from years of lounging. Across from this is a smaller royal blue one, rusting corrugated steel roof and rocks one behind the other creating a walkway to entryway. The opening is covered by a wispy tie-dyed curtain, also a little worn and dusty. Beads hang intermittently. Inside, pillows everywhere. A still smoking hookah sits perched on an wrought iron side table with curling legs. Random musical paraphernalia sit scattered throughout the camp, near the fire pit, leaned against the Airstream.
And they’re just so stoked on being together. And that’s just it.
Home is whenever I’m with you.
However, turns out they’re from LA. They form a 10-piece band “folk-rock” in nature. They’re from this little dirty niche that plays on. They play on. Seems like they would rock Burning Man. Refrain from wearing shoes. Hold hands. Hippie meets hipster.
Their whistling front man, Alex Ebert, used to hang out with Ima Robot. But after losing a major label deal decided to turn to the whistling desert shaman within. According to a Rolling Stones interview Ebert shares, “I really am a firm believer in utopia, otherwise I have no reason to be here.” And after taking them nearly a year and a half to complete a funky pile of an album Up from Below the whole team has taken on a more commun, family oriented perspective……hey…..kind of like that story we made up about them…….