Less Acrobats Discuss Their Growth on New EP, "Stanza": "We Had the Chance to Change Together."
Tel Aviv based foursome, Less Acrobats have gone though a sonic shift on their upcoming EP, Stanza and come out stronger than ever. Previously known as a guitar based band, Less Acrobats can be found experimenting with hip-hop influences on Stanza, offering a blend of shoegaze and R&B to their indie pop sound. With the EP out next month, we talked with the band about what drives them to create music, their own personal growth and more.
Interview by Dom Vigil
Can you tell us a little bit about Less Acrobats for anyone who might not be familiar?
We just like making music. Any kid can take a MIDI controller, make some beats and mumble something on top. 10 minutes and it’s on SoundCloud, getting exposure, or not. Whatever. There’s this huge distance between really wanting to be a somebody, and the hard truth that none of us are that special. The western individualistic thought made us believe that we were unique snowflakes, and we probably believed that for a while. We believed in it enough to record some songs and put them on SoundCloud. Once, people went to church and had a Bach Cantata working its magic on them, and nobody knew who was responsible! Rock stars are pretty pathetic, but also, we’re not Bach.
You’re gearing up to release your new EP, Stanza in February! Can you tell us a little bit about the EP?
It’s a collection of moments that we had together, friends sitting in a cozy room sharing ideas and just having fun. It’s really the opposite of being part of the world. We had our encapsulated room floating on the waves of a pretty crazy year. It was an act of sanity.
What goals did you have in mind when working on Stanza?
We’re pretty sure that nobody with goals would ever make music.
You went through a little bit of a sonic shift with these tracks. What sparked or inspired the change in sound?
We had something going for while, and at some point it wasn’t working out anymore. Usually, people find it hard to change together. They prefer to jump onto the next wagon that lets them feel good about their shiny new persona. Luckily, we had the chance to change together. We hope to break up the minute we understand we can’t do it anymore.
How do you feel you’ve grown as artists with the creation of the EP?
It was like coming out of the freezer after years of not accepting some very basic stuff. Something everybody probably gets to understand when they are 18.
So far, you’ve released “Dirty Lover” and “Floating Opera” from the EP. What about these songs were you excited for listeners to hear?
We just really liked those songs. This whole thing with other people and their response is a whole different level that we don't really get just yet.
When going back and listening to Stanza, what about the EP are you most proud of?
That we don’t hate it by now.
What is the rest of 2017 looking like for Less Acrobats? Do you have any plans to hit the road soon?
We’re going to spend a lot of time in that room again… But now there are some talks about taking us to China and Europe in between.