With crowds lining up down the street for every gig, LA band S8NT ELEKTRIC have quickly emerged as one of LA’s must see live acts. A massive feat for a band that have only just released their second single “So Far Away”. A bit of a slower departure from their very groovy and upbeat debut release ‘My Eyes’, ‘So Far Away’ has a bit of a psychedelic feel that shows their varied and eclectic musical influences.
On the verge of playing their first live major music festival Bottlerock at Napa Valley (headlined by Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters and Guns ‘N’ Roses), guitarist Niko Tsangaris sat down with Wall Of Sound to discuss their new single and how much they’ve blown up on the local live scene…
S8NT ELEKTRIC have been out and about, playing live shows around LA in the leadup to your appearance at the upcoming Bottlerock Festival in Napa. How has it been getting back up on stage again after all this time and how has the response been from the crowd?
To say the least, it’s been incredible! We’ve been putting our own shows on and making our own scene in LA, and it’s so exciting. I think people, especially young people, have been dying to see energetic, live rock n’ roll.
You’ve just released your second single ‘So Far Away’. What can you tell us about it?
This song was written about when London and I were 15, playing in an old band of ours. He had some personal things he had to deal with and we couldn’t play together anymore. We went different paths and I didn’t know if I’d ever play music with him again. Now this song has a whole new meaning to us, since we’re playing it together.
Has there been a crowd favourite song?
Actually, we decided to release “So Far Away” as our second single because people kept asking what that song was! But now that we’re adding new songs to the set, I’d say our crowd favorite is our title track, “S8NT ELEKTRIC” which you all will hear soon 😉
In Australia, it’s been a struggle for the local music scene to really get up and firing in the wake of Covid. What sort of hurdles have S8NT had to overcome to be able to be able to play live again?
Since we’re a really new band, we actually haven’t had to overcome many! We really started playing live when things started opening up in LA. Plus, we’re always busy anyway. We record everything at my home studio, we have a team for merch, Bri does our artwork, then we have to write songs, and so on. There’s no time that can’t be put to use for us!
Well it sounds like S8NT ELEKTRIC’s DIY approach is definitely working and their inclusion in the now sold out Bottlerock Festival in September is testament to this approach. To be playing amongst such elite company (including drummer London’s dad Slash in GnR) is a true indication of the potential this group has and anyone who has seen their self-promoted shows will talk about watching them in their early days.
Words by Duane James @duanejamestattoo
S8NT ELEKTRIC is Briana Carbajal (vocals), Niko Tsangaris (lead guitar), London Hudson (drums), Eric Matt (rhythm guitar) and Jack Kleinman (bass).
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