Currently on a North American tour, Incan Abraham are passing through Toronto tomorrow night at The Drake Hotel. The Los Angeles quartet are also scheduled to release their new record Tolerance this April! Before they take the stage and we cover the show, A Music Blog, Yea? had a chat with the quartet to discuss Buddhist cowboys, wild snowstorms, freak-dancing, and what to expect from the LP.
AMBY: Hello Incan Abraham, welcome to AMBY! Please introduce yourselves to our readers.
Incan Abraham: Hi everyone. We’re Teddy, Andrew, Spencer, and Giuliano and we’re a friendly band that currently resides in Los Angeles.
AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
Incan Abraham: A DIY rave in the Yucatan that gets crashed by Buddhist cowboys.
AMBY: You release your new record Tolerance this April What’s the significance behind the album’s title?
Incan Abraham: Tolerance is about finding the sweet spot between doing something a bit too much or not enough. It’s about putting up with daily struggles and insecurities so that one can appreciate life’s brighter moments as they come.
AMBY: Looking forward to the release of Tolerance, what can fans expect to hear from the album?
Incan Abraham: A healthy dose of warm nostalgia. Music and lyrics that people can hopefully relate to on a number of levels. We hope the music is approachable and inclusive but also gives you something to think about.
AMBY: You’re currently on a North American tour, coming through Toronto shortly. What have been some of the highlights?
Incan Abraham: Wouldn’t call it a “highlight,” but one memorable moment was when we got stuck in a pretty wild snowstorm in Washington, in a place called Snoqualmie Pass. It was scary, but we learned a thing or two about being a touring band in the winter.
AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to Incan Abraham while at a gig?
Incan Abraham: Once, we were forcibly removed from a venue in a small town in eastern Oregon for freak-dancing with members of another all male band. We don’t regret it at all.
AMBY: Does living in LA have an influence on your sound? If so how?
Incan Abraham: We’re sure that it does. We often hear that our songs are “Sunny”, ”Sunkissed”, and “Beachy” but we find those adjectives to be a bit lazy. A lot of California bands seem to get pegged that way by default. In reality, none of us live anywhere near the beach. If anything, it’s LA’s chaotic urban expanse that informs what we do.
AMBY: If you could trade places with any other artist in the music industry, who would you trade with?
Incan Abraham: Probably someone like Peter Gabriel or Prince, because they’ve achieved basically everything there is to achieve artistically, and can still afford yummy dinners.
AMBY: Who would your dream jam session be with?
Incan Abraham: If there was some way we could jam with Kraftwerk, David Bowie, and Kevin Shields, we think magic would happen. Set it up please.
AMBY: What has you most excited for 2014?
Incan Abraham: The World Cup.
AMBY: Lastly, tell us something about Incan Abraham that nobody knows yet.
Incan Abraham: Two of us have hooked up with Canadians. Hoping to get the other two covered this trip.
Thank you Incan Abraham, for giving us your answers!
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