BLUE JUNGLE: WE TOOK A SHIT ON THE YING YANG

January 23rd, 2009 | Interviews


paul rodriguez

Download: Blue Jungle “Slap On The Face”

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(from Baby Don’t Cry on Antifiesta/White Noise)

Blue Jungle are the brains, vision and rent behind the recently relocated L’Keg gallery and have a new LP with one side that sounds like She Hangs Brightly or Psychocandy and another side that sounds like the Brat. They speak now after a New Year’s day acid trip. This interview by Daiana Feuer.

What is L’Keg Gallery?
Lately Blu Blu (vocals): We actually founded L’Keg around the time we started playing and it’s become a big part of us in a sense.
Paley King (vocals/tambourine): It’s a multi-media space. We’re a year into it now but we started it as a band and when we got our first location, we realized that we had a neighbor up top so our band couldn’t actually play there because we couldn’t have loud music. So our first part of L‘Keg was with a lot of acoustic music and a lot of yelling at bands to turn it down. Now we moved next to Pehrspace and we have a lot more freedom.
LBB: It’s really become a place where people can meet when they can’t go other places. A place you can do miscellaneous activities. A place you can run to when you can’t go home.
What’s the wildest situation that’s transpired at the gallery?
Nosebleed (guitar): There was a punk show with a hundred—
LBB: No, no, when the neighbor came down with the whip.
PK: It was during the F Yeah Fest and our crazy neighbor from up top came down with an electrical whip—a wire he turned into a whip—and he started whipping people that were standing outside.
LBB: We were actually threatened several times that we were going to be killed if we didn’t move from our location. He sent gangsters to our location—with guns one time.
PK: He especially had a thing out for Cory. I think he had something against his smile. Every time he saw him, he would get even more upset. This was a big guy, too.
How did the band get together?
Cory Hurricane (drums/guitar): We all met in prison.
LBB: I met Cory in Juvenile Hall. I really did.
NB: When our lives got back together, we ended up being neighbors. We were living across the street in two houses. We used one for rehearsing and one to party. It was a commune of two houses.
LBB: We’re all foreigners.
NB: I’m originally from Argentina.
CH: I’m from Montaglan.
LBB: Paley’s from Chile. I’m from Brazil. And Yayo [the mystery band member] is from Uruguay.
Did you record the album in your bedroom?
PK: A lot of our first songs were done in a bedroom. Lately Blu Blu had some songs previously, but all the other ones were done on the spot with all of us writing as we’re going along. And in a long, long, epic song, they finally became what they became.
NB: We started recording in an actual studio. And then we moved it to the basement of a house. We called it the Bat Cave. Underground and dark. It was fun.
LBB: And we did the vocals at our house. We recorded bits and pieces in different places and it took forever to do it. FOREVER. We always ended up hungover.
CH: We could only record in the morning or early afternoon, which is when we were hungover. And then we’d still continue to party from the night before. Sometimes we’d have to suspend recording because people was falling asleep singing.
Is that why there’s a variety of sound on the album?
LBB: Well, that’s because we sort of experimented. We like all sorts of music. We like really heavy punk into like classic music into some old school. This, our first recording, is a burst of everything we like. More experimental than how we sound really.
Who would you like to add to your band?
CH: Charles Manson.
NB: My Bloody Valentine. T. Rex.
LBB: I want to play with the Adicts.
PK: I want to play with the early Cure.
What’s your statement of purpose? What do you stand for?
NB: We stand for fun and debauchery. We try to have as much fun as possible.
CH: We took a shit on the ying yang.
PK: We’re about living life in the moment. We’re very responsible people but we need to have fun. We want people to get out of their comfort zones.
LBB: What’s your impression when you look at us?
It’s not like you’re kids but you’re not adults. It’s somewhere in between and trying to push forth some philosophy by physically wilding out. It’s not just ‘we’re having fun.’ It means something.
LBB: To be honest, I think all of us are really righteous. I don’t want to be self-proclaimed righteous but we know what we want. There’s a point where you meet your priorities. We have jobs and real things and shit we want but like you said, we’re not kids. We have to maintain. We have to remember that.
PK: We’re facing what the world has become. And it’s a tough world, but without some fun and excitement, it’s really, really, really depressing.
CH: Like Dee Dee Ramone, there’s nothing to do, I just want to sniff some glue.
Do you feel like L.A. allows you to do what you want?
PK: Especially with the gallery community. It’s very different from what you would find anyplace else.
LBB: We really have a mix of people. People come in and it’s like, who are these people? But then, it’s become a place where you find people.
CH: It’s people who are more compelling than they are pretentious.
PK: We have a lot of friends in the neighborhood. It’s really cool that in L.A. you can walk down the street and know people. It feels smaller than the suburbs sometimes. But then the opportunities are here and everyone can do what they want to do.
Who is the best ukelele player?
NB: The best ukelele player? ME. Obviously. Nobody plays the ukelele like me.
You’ve played every underground place in Los Angeles. How’d you pick the Smell for your debut album release show?
NB: It’s a place everyone can go since it’s all ages. We didn’t want to do it at a place where the kids couldn’t come.
LBB: I wanted to do it at the Smell because it’s a mutual ground. It’s that thing about being the kids and having adults. We respect that it really hits something. It’s a place where everyone’s on the same solid ground.
PK: I think also too when we started our gallery it was because at that time we couldn’t play at the Smell! We didn’t play the Smell until pretty late in the game and became friends with Jim and so now it’s a network of friends. Jim DJ’ at L’Keg all the time.
LBB: I go to the movies with Jim.
CH: He walks over me passed out on the floor.

BLUE JUNGLE WITH THE DEEPSEA GOES AND BRAIINS ON FRI., JAN. 23, AT THE KNITTING FACTORY, 7021 HOLLYWOOD BLVD, LOS ANGELES. 8PM / $7 / ALL AGES. KNITTINGFACTORY.COM. AND WITH OKIE DOKIE, NEON NAVAJO AND COBALT CRANES ON SAT., JAN. 24, AT THE OPENING RECEPTION FOR NOSTALGIA’S NO GOOD AT L’KEG GALLERY, 311 GLENDALE BLVD., LOS ANGELES. 8 PM / $5 / ALL AGES. LKEGGALLERY.COM. BLUE JUNGLE’S BABY DON’T CRY IS OUT NOW ON ANTIFIESTA. VISIT BLUE JUNGLE AT PLEASEFUCKINGKILLME.COM OR MYSPACE.COM/BBLUEJUNGLE.