Wise up to the webbernet with HEALTH
The webbernet has given hip explorers plenty of ways to wise up to alternative culture, but it’s mostly those bliggity blogs—particularly those related to the electro music scene—that have taken control of party playlists recently.
And let’s be honest, what controls our playlists, controls our minds! Thus, HEALTH mind control begins now:
“The blogs are it. They have basically replaced all the punk zines and newsletters of old. Even tried-and-true webzines are converting more and more to a blog-like format with constant updates daily. Beyond local shows, blogs are the way I find [out] about new music. So being prevalent in the blog world is the most important [thing] to us. It’s turned the active music fan into an expert on the new, despite where you live, which is definitely opening minds to a lot of different shit. That’s been good for us,” HEALTH bassist John Famiglietti told me in a recent interview.
Perhaps “good” is an understatement. Famiglietti, along with Los Angelos bandmates Jake Duzsik, Jupiter Keyes, and BJ Miller, are becoming rather familiar faces to most blog-savvy hipsters.
Just check out a few of the blogs these indie—or rather “noise”—rockers are featured on.
Despite the fact that they wouldn’t categorize themselves as indie rockers (beyond their affiliation with an indie label, LOVEPUMP UNITED), they definitely haven’t minded the attention from the indie press and community in recent months. They’re all over the Internet, and they can thank their lucky DJ’s for it: Curses!, Acid Girls, Passions, Lovely Chords, and Pink Skull, to name a few.
Obviously, the band loves dance/club music, but most club nights they attend smaller shows in Echo Park (their neighborhood in L.A.), or opt out of clubs altogether for D.I.Y. shows.
“Without a doubt the remixes have exposed us to a lot more people, but more importantly to different kinds of kids we would not normally be exposed to. We have always wanted to exist in the dance floor realm despite not exactly making club music,” Famiglietti said.
According to the HEALTH Electro Success Model, blogs and remixes are not, however, the only key to success… that would just be too easy. Teaming up with way-club-famous friends—enter Crystal Castles—definitely hasn’t hurt the cause, either.
“Crystal Castles and us are like THIS,” Famiglietti boasted. “We love them very much. We first met them long before they became so huge, and we talked about doing a remix or a split. They said they wanted to do both. Exposure to the other band fans is the greatest, but for us it’s the most artistically satisfying to be associated with a group you admire and respect.”
For the moment, free time isn’t coming in large quantities. Right now, the boys are basking in their newly found Internet fame in the form of live performances on their tour that’s storming through the U.S. this month.
“The studio experience and live experience are extremely similar. We play the songs the same and they sound very similar, save a few overdubs here and there. The real differences live are the transitions between songs, and the volume. It’s much louder live, and louder is better. It’s better live,” Famiglietti said.
He continued on: “We’re often described as a noise-dance band, or a dance band, which I think is pretty cool.”
So grab a partner and dosy-doh on over to the nearest venue with HEALTH, and do some noisey dancing. HEALTH mind control ends here. Please resume self-mockery via your freshly blog-downloaded party playlist.