By Kathryn Pinto
Monday night Wires in the Walls continue their residency at the Silverlake Lounge with an early show in support of their new EP Leap, Timber, Leap. Radio Free Silver Lake faves Escalator Hill (who are recording a new album and will play their last show with their current lineup) and George Glass (who have a new album Welcome Home due out in March) play in support as well as The Picture and the Frame and Michael Davis With Lions. The full lineup of for the residency is the posted on the band's event page. We caught up with Wires in the Walls via email to hear about the new EP, a new sound and some innovations to bring some pizzazz to the stage at the Silverlake Lounge.
Radio Free Silver Lake: What has Wires in the Walls been up to lately? I see you have a new EP out Leap, Timber, Leap. Have you been writing? recording? touring?
Wires in the Walls: 2012 was a big year of change for the band. We amicably parted ways with our old bassist early in the year and brought Denton Biety on board, then spent a good chunk of the year writing new material that incorporated Denton's style into the music. We probably wrote almost an entire album's worth of material, the best of which we recorded at the end of the year with producer Scott Gilman, who worked with us on our full-length record.
RFSL: What is your new material like? Similar to previous stuff or a new direction? What are you listening to?
WW: The new songs are more of an evolution from our old material rather than a total departure. There are similar elements present, but the new EP is darker and has a more unique sound. We worked hard on creating textures and layers in the songs, as well as deeper grooves - which was a big contribution from Denton our new bassist. He's got a really great feel and him and Bryan (our drummer) create a deep pocket for all the twinkly guitar and key parts to float on. There are hints of The National, Band of Horses, Broken Social Scene, Explosions in the sky, and even some Pink Floyd.
WW: We built a custom light installation to spruce up the stage at Silverlake Lounge, which we felt has been missing a little something-something ever since the Salvation sign departed. We made two giant light-filled tubes and then a series of light boxes with different patterns cut into them, which we arrange differently each night so that you're never seeing the same stage presentation twice. And we may have a few other surprises up our sleeve for Monday's show too - free giveaways anyone?
WW: This week we've also got Michael Davis with Lions -who just released a stellar EP that we highly recommend checking out - and The Picture and the Frame. We're super stoked about the whole lineup - these are some of our favorite local bands and we're very lucky to get to play with them all on the same bill. Plus, everyone in all the bands is extraordinarily nice so we're really looking forward to just drinking some beers and hanging with these talented guys and gals. We invite everyone to join us!
RFSL: Anything else you want to share with RFSL readers?
WW: We hope you'll check out our new EP - we think it's by far our best work to do. If you dig it, follow us on your favorite social media outlet because we've got lots on tap for 2013 - more recording, touring, and a music video or two.