TalkNarc: Interview with Spencer from Incan Abraham

I’m not sure if people in LA even understand how February starts to wear down us East Coasters. The snow. The biting cold. Don’t get me wrong, we love it: those late nights drinking thick beers. The tracks across town to see a sold out show that snow has turned into an intimate event. But seriously: we’re getting stir crazy. And the fuzzy sunshine that Incan Abraham is laying down, alternatively sounding of Animal Collective and The Walkmen, isn’t helping things much. Incan Abraham’s Spencer Mandel was kind enough to answer a few questions for us stir-crazy East Coasters.

Sometimes it feels (aka, Pitchfork makes it seem) like the entire LA scene happens at The Smell. Care to teach a Philadelphian something?
No disrespect to the Smell, but it’s just a room downtown that doesn’t even serve alcohol. Yes, No Age came out of there, so it deserves some credit. But there are other better Los Angeles venues. Venues in the Silver Lake/Echo Park neighborhoods in Northeast LA have produced lots of stuff, like Spaceland, which helped popularize LA artists like Beck and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Silverlake Lounge, whose cross streets the Silversun Pickups took its name (Silver Lake and Sunset Boulevards), and the Echo (http://www.attheecho.com/), which is probably the most important venue in the area nowadays. West LA’s The Troubadour, where Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, et. al. would play during the 60’s-70’s, is still around, and still relevant, but less so for indie rock than the East Side venues. The Hollywood “Sunset Strip” scene, home to 80’s hair metal, is entirely dead, thank god. That’s LA in a nutshell.

One of the obvious comparisons, and I’m sure you’ve got this before, is Animal Collective. Do you worry about their influence on electronic pop in general/your music?
Animal Collective is one of the most unique acts of the past decade, and the comparison is fair. However, our other electronic influences are more ‘electronic’ than ‘electronic pop’, such as great Warp Records acts like Aphex Twin and Squarepusher.

Have you heard Philadelphia’s Sun Airway? You guys would make beautiful babies together.
Haven’t heard of Sun Airway, but we’re always down to make babies. Thanks for turning me on to them.

When you think of Philadelphia, you think… (not endearing answers: cheesesteaks, Rocky)
Philadelphia. City of Brotherly Love. Besides my endearing answer that I enjoy “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”… Giuliano’s uncle used to work at Drexel University, for one. Haha, that’s the best I can do… never been. Please educate me.

We’re about to head to San Fran for a Noise Narcs roadtrip. What should we check out there? Yes, I’m aware that’s liking asking a Philadelphian about things to do in Pittsburgh (for the record: Primanti Brothers, Andy Warhol Museum, leave).
San Francisco’s a different world than LA, but unlike other Southern Californians, I don’t participate in the rivalry. It’s a beautiful little city full of open minded people, so I don’t think you can really go wrong. Need to spend some more time in SF myself… but we’ll be up there for Noise Pop festival this month. Grab some Chinese food, it’s supposed to be very good there

Any plans for an LP in the near future?
Yes, we’re stockpiling great new songs now, in the event that we fall into some more money, and are able to produce an LP in the foreseeable future. We’ll let you know when that happens.

Incan Abraham, “Third Man” [Free Single Download]
Incan Abraham, “Helium Eggs” [Free EP Download]

Well, we at Noise Narcs are hoping for an LP’s worth of a windfall. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about Incan Abraham soon. Head over to their Bandcamp for more free goodness.
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