Another week, another band... and another bridge. The third bridge actually, for those keeping score (not counting any possible bridges we may have crossed while riding the train last week with Death Kit). This time we join Echo Park’s Wait. Think. Fast. on “Suicide Bridge” in Pasadena... A bridge with a storied past that may or may not be haunted by a number of the sad souls who ended their lives there. Could the man that walks through the middle of their performance be one of those souls, thus proving those rumors, or just a dirty bum out for a late night walk? You be the judge.

What I love about this week’s featured artist, Wait. Think. Fast., is their knack for effortlessly changing up their style… and language… from song to song without ever feeling awkward of forced. Whether they’re channeling the Cure in “Surface Streets”, Radiohead in “Signals”, or the Beach Boys filtered through Mr. Bungle’s “California” in “Cien Fuegos”, the songs on their debut EP “Vuelve al Mar” all still feel part of a cohesive whole and yet completely their own. The unifying factors here are singer Jacqueline Santillan’s passionate vocals and the ever present hint of melancholy that finds a way to seep into almost every track.

Their new full length album, “Luces del Sur”, is a mature, atmospheric follow-up that has been in fairly heavy rotation in my CD player since we met up that fatefully night on the bridge. It’s available starting tomorrow (8/10) for digital download. Be sure to pick yourself up a copy.

Here’s what singer Jacqueline and guitarist Matt Beighley had to say about ghosts, their music and, most importantly, Ray Parker Jr.:

GORILLACOUSTIC: What does the world need to know about Wait. Think. Fast.?

MATT: If Deicide and Dionne Warwick had a music baby love child, it would sound nothing like Wait. Think. Fast. But damn that sounds rad, could we tour with them?

JACQUELINE: I could never tell the difference between the "Ghostbusters" theme song and "I Want A New Drug" by Huey Lewis and The News until the verse. This drove me crazy for years until Matt explained Ray Parker Jr. got sued for basically ripping off Huey. Huey wouldn't give the directors the song for their movie so they hired RP to copy it. So I can confidently tell the world that my ears aren't busted.

MATT: I'm pretty sure Jacq thinks this is an interview for Behind The Music: Ray Parker Jr. Sorry everyone...

GA: You have a healthy mix of songs in both English and Spanish. How do you decide which to go with when writing? Is it a conscious decision or it a purely instinctual thing.

JACQUELINE: I don't decide, it just happens. I usually sing nonsense when working on a new song. Sometimes the nonsense sounds closer to one language than the other.

GA: Why did you choose to perform on “Suicide Bridge”.

JACQUELINE: I've loved this bridge since I was a kid - with the big globe lamps along the snakey curve. Plus it has this tragic history-- who couldn't help but be curiously drawn to it? I read the first death happened during the construction of the bridge when a worker fell into wet cement, then over fifty suicides happened during the Great Depression. People just threw themselves and their children off the side out of desperation. It's incredibly sad to think of it. People claim to see spirits still walking the bridge.

GA: The bridge is supposed to be haunted. Do you believe in ghosts? And, have you had any ghost encounters of your own?

JACQUELINE: Yes of course! Although I'd probably have a heart attack and die if I ever saw one so..... dear ghosts please continue to ignore me.

MATT: I'm fairly certain a ghost appears in our video here.

GA: What other local artists (besides yourselves of course) should people be checking out?

MATT: Ceci Bastida (who plays keys with us on this performance) is excellent! She has a new record out called: Veo La Marea. Summer Darling also have a wonderful new record out on Origami vinyl.

JACQUELINE: Yes I love Ceci Bastida and Summer Darling!! Our friends The Hectors are working on a new record that we're excited to hear. I'm also a fan of Very Be Careful- an L.A. staple that are incredible, The Growlers, Jail Weddings, The Kissing Cousins, Future Ghost, The Entrance Band, also our friend Jake Gideon in The Breakups is a great songwriter. Sean Stentz who plays bass with us (missed this filming cuz he was out walking his new pet anteater) turned me on to Gestapo Khazi from Long Beach. I know the name is scary but the singer has an unhinged way about him like Jello Biafra and that's a quick way to my heart. You already know the lovely Robotanists.

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

MATT: I'd love to do our tune "Leymah Contra Los Diablos" on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Could we pull that off Mike?

JACQUELINE: Oh barf! NYSE? No thanks. Take me to Rome. We'll grab some Fellini props from Cinecitta and run around the city at night, La Dolce Vita styleee.

GA: If you made a Rock, Paper, Scissors game out of Wait, Think, Fast, which word would beat which?

JACQUELINE: Ray Parker Jr. continues to make exciting, vital music.

MATT: oh man... there she goes again. let's just play along. and to answer your question, Thinking trumps Waiting and Fasting. People should think more.

Get Wait. Think. Fast.’s brand new album “Luces del Sur” now right here!

STANDOUT TRACKS: “Trouble”, “Look Alive”, “Bad Night”



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