Seattle-based La Fille recently released a 7” vinyl with two singles from the unreleased record, Alright Already. Ballard VOX was fortunate enough to catch up with front man, Jay Louis, ahead of the band’s upcoming Ballard shows.
Alright Already was produced by Michael Benjamin Lerner who has been a role model of Louis. Together, Louis and Lerner turned ten demos into a record in just ten days. The main inspirations for the album stemmed from Louis learning to accept himself and stop avoiding his problems. Working on the album helped him address pent-up self-judgment and bitterness, which he was previously unaware of. After listening to Alright Already, Louis hopes people come away feeling that they aren’t alone.
La Fille’s demos are born from around ten hours of songwriting and producing on a computer which are then showed to Louis’s wife: “if she doesn’t react within a few seconds, that usually means it’s no good.” Louis strives to make music minimal, “not just for the sake of it being minimal, but for the sake of making it functional.”
Joe Oakes initially worked alongside Lerner and Louis in “helping pull off performances,” as “an extremely talented multi-instrumentalist.” He started off playing drums and bass and is now La Fille’s full-time drummer.
Deerhunter, Pavement, Shins, Beck, and Sea Wolf provide influence to Louis as he has “always been drawn to artists who capture their personalities in their music and make Louis feel as though “there is no separation between the music and their personal lives.” Favorite local artists consist of Racoma & Coach Phillips of whom he says, “stop reading this and go listen to them, if you haven’t already.” Louis’s favorite thing about Ballard is Sonic Boom Records.
You can follow La Fille on Facebook and Instagram (@lafilleband) and at their website – www.lafilleband.com. Their music is available for streaming on Spotify and iTunes. Louis says the best way to listen, though, is at a live show because the group prides themselves on “not being a bummer.” Their next shows are Tuesday, August 28 at the Sunset Tavern and Saturday, September 15 at Conor Byrne. Louis asks that audience members say hi because they love meeting new people.