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What I Learned at Bandcamp: MALLEVS

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MALLEVS is a three-member band that began in Phoenix at the end of 2012. Members Josh Rodriguez and Adam Lovelady were looking to create a fun, synth project while their other band Sleep Money was taking a break from playing shows. They added Jen Deveroux on vocals and began releasing music as MALLEVS in January 2013.

To date, MALLEVS has four releases with a 12″ coming on Gilgongo Records in April.

The Spec interviewed MALLEVS, read what the members had to say below…

How long have you been making music?
Music has played a large role in all our lives. It is something we have always been drawn to. It’s important for us to always find new ways to be a part of music, whether it is playing in bands, DJing or setting up shows. We are constantly exploring different ways to create a culture for like-minded individuals.

Who/what are your influences?
We draw influences from all over. MALLEVS was inspired by American and European DIY tapes from the 80s. We were shaped by surrealist authors like Andre Breton, Max Ernst and Gherasim Luca. But, we also find a close connection to different types of music and share interests in names like Francis Bebey, Nico, Martin Rev, and DJ Paul.

What is your favorite song on the new album and why?
Commentary [6]” might be a favorite of ours because it almost wasn’t included in the release. Not until the last minute, when we came up with the vocals, did it get added to the new album and it came out better than we anticipated.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
Currently we’re working on a split with Dealing, writing songs for a new release, and will likely be playing some dates on the West Coast to promote the album coming out on Gilgongo. Adam is also currently involved in another project called Beauty Secrets that currently plays shows and has a tape coming out. Adam and Josh are also working on new material for Sleep Money.

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living? / Why do you make music?
For us, at this point, making music is more like a form of meditation than a business venture. We live normal lives and work normal jobs, and our second lives as a musicians helps us balance those lives. We work to survive, and make music to sustain some levels of sanity and happiness in certain areas of our lives.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
We look up to artists that have integrity. It’s important to us that we support our local scene and be a part of something that we are all building together. We look up to people like James Fella, TK Nicholson and James Roemer, and bands like Gay Kiss, Man Hands and Destruction Unit, just to name a very few.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
That’s everything. Thanks for checking us out!

One Comment

  1. Love this band.

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