AMERICAN PRIMITIVE "LES FILLES FRANCAISES"

LIVE AND UNPLUGGED FROM A ROOFTOP IN MAR VISTA

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Did you say you wanted more mandolin or violin? I get my 'olins mixed up sometimes. Well, just to be safe, American Primitive is here to bring you both with their wonderful ode to the women of France.

As Chirs would tell it, American Primitive owe their formation to a chance encounter in an S&M club. Chris found himself being strangled by Paul with something strangely familiar and asked, “Hey, is that a banjo string you’re choking me with?” A resounding “Yes” from Paul, was followed up with the obvious next question: “Do you play?” And the rest is history.

Okay, not really... But this fake off the cuff yarn spun by Chris after our shoot is a testament to the good natured camaraderie of this tight knit, extremely talented quartet. If you dug their performance, I highly recommend checking out their brand new, self-titled album released just last week.

Here’s what the guys from American Primitive had to say about their music and plans to form a time traveling super-group:

GORILLACOUSTIC: What does the world need to know about American Primitive?

AMERICAN PRIMITIVE: The world should know that American Primitive will play at your wedding, bar-mitzvah, briss, funeral, book club, cookie party, graduation, addiction group meeting, or any other social gathering if you pay us enough.

GA: Your music is an amalgam of a bunch of different styles, from bluegrass, to jazz, to country, to something you'd hear in on a street corner in France. What influences your song writing?

AP: Our songwriting is a blend of traditional and popular music from around the world. Anybody who really loves music tends to not stick with just one genre; we're the same way. Paul is influenced by a lot of jazz and gypsy music, Corey loves bluegrass, Chris was brought up playing classical music, and Zack can't go a day without listening to samba... so when we say everything, it really is pretty much everything.

GA: What's your songwriting process like? Who decides who gets to play what and when?

AP: Our songwriting usually starts with someone in the group coming up with a short phrase or melody which we then build on. Because our songs are so heavily rooted in improvisation, the compositions are constantly changing- we experiment all the time with different ways to start or end a song, or different orchestration in the middle. It keeps it fun.

GA: All but one of the track on your new album are instrumentals. How do you come up with a title for a song with no words?

AP: It's actually pretty easy to name a song with no words. Whatever we were thinking of at the time...we have a song called "Live Like a Hunter-Gatherer" that was inspired by a trip to Whole Foods. It's cool because by giving a song with no lyrics a name, you're giving the audience a rough guideline to interpret the song, but it's still very open.

GA: Have any rejected title ideas you'd like to share?

AP: We had a song called "Conversations With Charles", but on our album it's just called "Conversations" because Paul doesn't really talk to Charles anymore. Also, Zack used to call it "Conversaciones Con Carlos" because it made it sound more exotic. In general, the first instinct is probably the correct one; we don't really reject song titles all that much. If a song called "Expatriate Mental Patient" can make it onto our album, then pretty much anything can.

GA: If you could do another gorillacoustic performance anywhere else in the world, where would you do it?

AP: Beneath the Arc de Triomphe in Paris would be nice, on a cruise ship somewhere, on a glacier in the north Atlantic would be interesting, but playing in front of thousands at a festival would be preferable.

GA: You just found out your music can allow you to travel through time... What do you do?

AP: I think we'd try to pull a "Bill & Ted" and go back in time rounding up great musicians like Django, Bill Monroe, Charles Mingus, pre-molestation Michael Jackson etc, then form a super group. It would be most triumphant.

That it would.

Get American Primitive’s album now at cdbaby.

HIGHLIGHTS: “Heavy Lifting”, “Common” & “Les Filles Francaises”

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