Lemaitre: Your New Favorite Band

Before you see a band live for the first time, there are always questions and anxiety about how they will deliver on that canned sound you have been listening to on-and-off after getting tickets to see them live.
After seeing Lemaitre at Underground Arts last Wednesday, it is hard to say why those questions existed in the first place. Their distinct yet unassumingly fun, cross-genre electroclash/House sound, where actual instruments are played (and not just overdubbed and reproduced), made the waves of the small crowd dance and rock with joy while the multi-talented Ketil and Ulrik dominated the stage and embraced the crowd with open arms.
Rock On Philly sat down with newly-Los Angeles-based Lemaitre after their set at Underground Arts last week.
We debated the power and ‘better-ness’ of Norwegian Monarchy, and how they would like to create a pop-electronica fusion scene of great music, where everyone’s having fun and trying new things.
Rock On Philly: So, you guys are from Norway.  Where are you from in Norway?
Ketil/Ulrik: Oslo.

K: It’s the capital–kind of like the Washington D.C. of Norway. We have a king and a [really great opera.] It’s kind of like you have the president, and we have a king, so it’s better. There’s less hobos. A lot less.

ROP: Aside from the tour, what brings you to the USA?  What are your goals here?

K/U: Worked a lot to [reach out] to a lot of fans spread across the US. It started when we signed with Astrelwerks. [Being apart] from the scene in Norway helps, and working and talking about music with everyone in the studio is great.

ROP: You guys have a really lively sound without getting too in-your-face.  What is your inspiration for your unique sound?
K: Too many things.
U: A lot of old funk and mo-town, [along] with Justice and Daft Punk.
K: Importantly, popular and influential music from [the sixties and seventies], and mo-town.  A lot of pop music today is, well, [awful]…in any era, there’s a lot of [crappy music] and we want to create music that’s legendary, like Diana Ross and the Jackson 5. You can recognize it’s them with one sound, like one bass line from the Jackson 5. This pop music will matter. Pop music you can hear [that’s actually good music] without catering to an audience. You can’t sit in the studio and say you’re going to make infectious pop music.  It’s not going to be good if you’re not having fun. The best songs come [out of] spontaneity and having fun. The studio is…just good fun. The tour is work. Traveling for 12 hours and sitting up is work. [This is why] we make all of our own samples and make it [solely] our own.
ROP: On your new EP “Singularity,” the first track “High Tide” has an almost R&B/lounge feel. Where did that sound come from/what was your inspiration for it?
K: We were just having fun. [A] tour is work, but when you’re in the studio, you’re just having fun.
ROP: You reached #4 worldwide on iTunes for your EP, Relativity 2. What success do you hope to accomplish with Singularity?
U: We hope to accomplish that people can recognize a different type of music [in us]. We’re trying to expand the unknown and make our music known. As long as [fits] with our music and image.
ROP: What’s next for you guys?
U: Finish the tour, back to Norway and L.A., and then the road with Porter Robinson for six weeks. We have a tight schedule. We are [also] in the main process of our first [full] album and set up as much time [as we can] for that.
K: We have six or seven demos.  We need twenty.
U: Needs to come soon!
And, we could not agree more!  Listen to them below!

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