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So we all waited till the absolutely last second after we set up to go down there, and were thinking, Toulouse, France, a dungeon, there won't be that many people. Wrong. The place was mad-packed wall-to-wall, I could hardly breathe it was so hot, and we were stripping, Diva and I are in bikini tops, the boys have their shirts off, Ged is playing in his underwear. And, like, people were so excited, they were screaming louder than we were playing, everyone was dancing and singing. It was an amazing show. And when we were done, we have no more songs to play and everyone is screaming for us to play more and we're just, like, we have nothing left to play, literally, nothing left, that's everything, but they won't stop. So then, as a joke almost, I go, "Well, we've kind of been fucking around between sets, just to warm up with that song "California Love" by 2Pac and Dre, so Diva starts playing the bass lines and Ged's playing the drum beat and I'm, like, "California knows how to party," and they're crying from laughing so hard, so jubilant. It was wild. Toulouse, France, who knew?
Okay, what's Pocahaunted's Los Angeles "spirit band"?
I know Diva likes the Beach Boys and Britt would say the Germs, but for me, I think Madlib is the greatest thing and Stones Throw is the greatest thing.
Pocahaunted's got a little hip-hop?
Yep, we've got a little booty and I think I bring most of it. Ha! As a band we've gotten really into beats and we don't want to rock, that's not our agenda. We'd like [to be] Parliament Funkadelic for a new generation. I mean, you know, except that we aren't as talented. Those people are amazing, but we are into the live show and we want to move. We really want people to dance and I feel like bands have moved away from that unless their trajectory is dance music. Like, Vampire Weekend, okay, I can see that they're doing their thing, but you go to one of their shows and nobody's dancing and they're not dancing. We like to call our music body music, because with this re-emergence of world music or whatever, which is what Abe Vigoda does or what Vampire Weekend does, I feel like it's a little condescending to use the word "world." I mean, it's a bit Western and it's a bit white. Let's be real, people, none of us are making world music. So we call it body music.
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And finally, if Pocahaunted had a spirit animal, what would it be?
Hmm, I'm kind of not really into animals.
What? But you're a raw-foodist, hippie type; I thought you didn't eat them because you loved them.
No. I know that's a weird thing to say, I kind of think they're gross. I mean, I'm going to get in trouble for saying this, but I love leather. I would cover my walls in leather if I could, but I don't! I think animals are awesome. They belong in the animal kingdom. I don't want them on my plate, near me where I can see them or smell them. I like them on the Nature Channel and in the wild. I don't even like them in zoos. I like a separation of church and state. So, I guess I would say [my spirit animal would be] Garfield.
But he's not a real animal.
I know. I just like his aesthetic. He doesn't like Mondays or exercise. I guess I would want it to be a fat, lasagna-eating cat.
Pocahaunted are: Amanda Brown, vocals; Diva Dompe, vocals, bass; Leyna Noel, vocals, keys; Britt Brown, guitar; and Ged Gengras, drums. They play the Echo Curio this Friday, May 28, before starting a U.S. tour in June, which will wind its way through Canada as well. They will embark on a smaller, Los Angeles–San Francisco tour with the band Mi Ami in July. Also, you might wanna track down their new video for the song "All of Is Of," from their latest album, Make It Real.
"We like to call our music 'body music'": Pocahaunted