Modern-day Los Angeles is ripe for creative exploration. To do the city justice, though, an artist has to know L.A. and its neighborhoods—the good, the bad, the lovely, and the grotesque.
Few artists do it well; most songs about L.A. in the past few years have just scratched the city’s surface. But Harriet, a local four-piece rock band, goes deep into the filthy corners of town, traverses the mind-numbing freeways with ease, and wraps their whole cumulative mind around the ins and outs of Los Angeles in their debut album, American Appetite.
On Tuesday, Harriet will play the Fonda Theater, opening for electro-pop singer Zella Day. Here, Day—who’s also based in L.A.—interviews Harriet’s lead singer Alex Casnoff, 28, about the California muse, playing live, and debuting an album in your hometown. Because pictures are worth a thousand words (and animated pictures are worth even more), Casnoff responds with GIFs.
How are you feeling today?
I just finished my debut U.S. and European headline tour and am excited to play a hometown L.A. show. How are you feeling about the upcoming show with me at the Fonda Theater?
What frame of mind are you in when you perform live?
Congratulations on your debut album American Appetite coming out next month! I released my debut album Kicker this year, so I know how you’re feeling. What was the band’s inspiration for Appetite?
What’s your songwriting method like?
You guys are L.A.-based, like myself. How does the city inspire you? Do you have a favorite place to play locally?
Harriet will open for Zella Day at the Fonda Theater on Tuesday, December 8. Here’s a sampling of tracks from both bands’ new albums: