atjf interview :: the forms


After the Jump presents the Forms, this Saturday June 21st, for After the Jump Fest in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, performing in the early evening on the Main Street stage at 6:30pm.

Listen :: Bones

MIA: Musically, how did the band form, what past experiences do you carry with you?

ALEX: We really just had the inspiration at a particular moment to change everything about how we did music – to do something where we weren’t subject to all the usual tricks, structures and rhythms.. but which we still really liked and was likable. So I guess what we ended up with is what you hear on our records, and we haven’t looked back since.

MIA: Describe the feeling of living and making music in New York, feel free to share a memory or a certain place (bar, restaurant, record store) that makes you feel like home.

ALEX: It’s exciting being a musician in New York right now. For the first time that I can remember, there is really some exciting stuff going on, with bands like Battles, the National, Dirty Projectors based here. I don’t know if anywhere quite feels like home now though… even home.

MIA: How does the band like to get ready for a live show? Is there a favorite song that you enjoy to perform live?

ALEX: A round of gin and tonics usually does the trick. As for a favorite live song, there is a song called “Forward” that we usually play at the end of the set. it has no set structure and is meant to be an antithesis to the rest of the set, which is pretty organized. the idea behind it is just to completely let go.

MIA: What are your recommended records so far of ‘08?

ALEX: #1 so far would definitely be Pattern is Movement‘s All Together. Their album takes musical elements from 40s and 50s musicals and movie scores, and updates it into a modern context, which no one has really done that I’ve heard. on paper, this sounds like it’d be totally unlikeable, but it’s actually great.

MIA: Name a visual artist or piece of work that inspires you.

ALEX: As far as visual art, I really like the photographer Noah Kalina. His photography is like seeing things on the infrared spectrum, completely otherworldly but realistic. The writer Borges greatly influenced our new album (there is a song on it called Borges in fact), and the writer Per Malloch had a huge influence our first album, Icarus.

MIA: Please share a mixtape with a theme of your choice.

stellar songs, local bands
Golden Prize : Apes and Androids [Blood Moon, 2008]
Lost to the LonesomePela [Anytown Graffiti, 2007]
As We ProceedTravis Morrison [All Y’all, 2007]
Murderthe Big Sleep [Son of the Tiger, 2005]
The TakersTakka Takka [Migration, 2008]