L'Altra are a duo made up of Lindsay Anderson and Joseph Desler Costa. Formed in Chicago and now based in Brooklyn, their sound is a blend of guitar, keys and a bit of electronic elements. Here, Joseph gives some background on the band.
1. When/where did the band meet?
--- Lindsay and I met the 1st day of college and began talking about putting a band together. We spent a lot of time just sitting around listening to music before the band became a reality in Chicago in the year 2000.
2. What was the inspiration behind starting the band?
--- There was so much music happening in Chicago in the late nineties and 2000's that it was impossible not to get swept up in the fever to make it. We began playing in our bedroom and I think that contributed to our softer sound. We also deliberately did not want to be come a math rock kind of group. Our focus has always been expressing what we feel and our obsession with this kind of 'romantic' idea... We always were listening to music from the UK and really identified with the shoe-gaze aesthetic of close your eyes and play...
3. How would the music best be described as and was this a deliberate sound that was created?
--- I guess I would call what we do 'dream pop' or 'soft indie jams' Nothing we do is deliberate, though I think our aesthetic definitely developed over the years. We definitely think through everything we do, from the songs, to album covers etc. We also developed these characters we become on our albums, I think we have been playing the same characters since the beginning and each album is like an exploration of these characters and their relationships.
4. Where do you see yourselves as a band within the multitude of various others bands and where do you hope to go from here?
--- I have a really hard time understanding where we fit in. I know that we are either loved by people or easily shrugged off... Our music is intimate and does not always get through. When it does get though I think it really gets through. Telepathic is our 4th album as a band, I think we're really lucky to have survived and keep releasing albums. I think we'll continue to write songs and just do what we do. Obviously we hope to reach more and more people, but in the end its not something we can worry about.
5. Who would you like to work with, given the chance?
--- Dream scenario: I'd love to do an record produced by Daniel Lanois, Nigel Goodrich, or John Hughs(Slicker)
6. What are some bands you are currently listening to?
--- Anna Calvi, Benoit Pouilard, Tamryn, A Classic Education, Gram Parsons, Ariel Pink, Echo and the Bunnyman...
7. Some old favourites/favourite records?
--- Ride, Nowhere The Cure, Disintegration Love and Rockets, Earth Sun Moon
8. Anything you're looking forward to being released?
--- La Sera (katy from Vivian girls side project) and the Captain America movie ( I love stupid super hero movies!)
9. Last cd/vinyl/digital purchased?
--- Deerhunter, Halcyon Digest. Its a beautiful and understated record.
10. Last movie you saw & show you went to?
--- Last Movie: Greenberg with Ben Stiller (Super depressing!) Last show: British Sea Power at Music Hall of Willamburg(Super Loud!!)