This December installment of Interlude features artists from a tour tandem, TRUST & The Faint. Interlude rounds up live photos from their November show at L.A.’s Henry Fonda Theatre and an interview with TRUST’s dreamy frontman, Robert Alfons. We would like to hook it up with a Holiday gift, a free download of The Faint “Evil Voices“.
Interlude Presents: Robert Alfons of TRUST
Lets start with a little game of word association. I say a word and you say whatever comes to mind:
⁃ Candy – Candy walls
⁃ Pockets – Overalls
⁃ Glass – Candy
I saw you took a traditional photo with Santa Claus, what did you ask for this Christmas ?
Actually, he didn’t even ask me… But if he did, I think I would want new mits. Every year I lose my mits and I want new, knitted gray ones.
Do you have any plans for NYE?
As of now, no. I usually just kind of hide, its quite overwhelming and ridiculous. Hopefully, it will just be a nice cozy, internal sort of evening. That’s what I would hope for.
Does the winter season have a particular effect on your creative process?
Being on tour, every day is a different season. There isn’t sort of any level of complaint, its just more of my mind and its chemistry doesn’t understand the pace of whats going on. One day its snowing and the next day its sunny and warm. Its definitely a ride.
Would you like to elaborate on the Revolution Recording Piano Version of “Sulk”, directed by Petra Collins?
A lot of my songs start in that form, from the piano. I really wanted to do a video playing them raw. Petra is a friend of mine and I think she is so talented. It was pretty simple take, just one camera and the two of us in that room. It was a great experience working with her.
I happened to be visiting my Nana when I watched the “Sulk” video and she absolutely loves you.
Oh I love her already! Aw that’s so sweet! I want to meet her. I’m close with grandma, great aunt and my sisters. I miss them a lot when I go away. I can’t wait to see them when I get back.
What are you seeing when you are playing on-stage?
Usually everything is pretty black out there. There is no light on the audience, so its like a black void. I get lost and I think that’s good when you perform.
The album cover of TRST has always captivated me. What do you feel you captured in that picture you took at the club?
I think she’s really beautiful and I felt there was a story and a performance to it. She was fabulous and amazing in every sort of way. She really struck me .
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What kind of experimentation have you been developing for a more pop aesthetic in the next album ?
Its becoming a lot more upbeat, but I’m still a sucker for ballads. I think the shows have really changed how I am writing at the moment; having a higher energy and experimenting with sounds and rhythms. I’m getting better at drums and bass, and that’s the direction its going.
Will the lyricism have a similar vein of being erotic and ambiguous as the last album?
I don’t know. I guess Ill talk about that in 6 months. I’m still in the depths of it.
What were some highlights from your first visit to Los Angeles or Las Vegas?
The first time I visited LA was in April, for the first show we did and it was excellent. LA is just weird, dirty and scary at times. I would’ve have loved to spend more time there. Las Vegas…its so bizarre there. Its like a dream. The closest thing Ive seen to it was Niagra Falls because of it’s similar sort of vibe of being neon all night. Las Vegas has a neon glare from the lights, but its an actual gluttonous and heathen reality that I don’t like. The rest of it is gritty to be in the aura of.
What music have you been listening while on tour?
Music appropriate for the road; lots of Burial, The Pet Shop Boys, The Radio Department, and Casket Girls.
What would you be doing if you weren’t making music right now?
Hiding away out in the country. I feel like I need to go on a weeks walk of nature. I know I’ll get that some time, its just nice to be out on the road right now.
What’s something you want the world to know about you as an artist?
Its okay to DREAM.
Portrait by Phil Sharp