Noise and Seattle, how many times have we ever heard these 2 words together? Lars Finberg carries on with such an heritage. He is a musician Seattle-based who dives into low-fi, reverbs and distortion still with melodic compositions. Yeah Finberg got his own experience from a home made DIY first experimenting phase. He was drummer of A Frames, and after sign by Sub Pop he left the band to concentrate on The Intelligence.
They have released 6 albums, debut Boredom and Terror, then 3 with In the red records Icky Baby, Deuteronomy and Fake Surfers in 2009, perhaps their most acclaimed LP so far.
– “Operator? I would like to do a long-distance call. Washington, Seattle. Finberg, Lars. OK, I hold it- thank you”.
Photo: Victor Moreno
Why left A Frames barely a year after came out in Sub Pop?
They kicked me out. Now they have a real drummer.
About In the Red.
Great label, very nice guy. Very easy to deal with. Let´s you do whatever you want.
Photo: Victor Moreno
Some highlights in these 5 years of The Intelligence?
Paris is my favorite. We can sell out the smallest club in town about 5 cities. I wish we did better but that´s still better than we ever though we´d do. 5 people came to see us in my hometown – Bakersfield, California. 2 of them were my sister and brother!
Macedonia was cool and very cheap. I got dropped on my head and put in a neck brace and taken to the hospital in France, that was a highlight.
You are interested in lo-fi sounds, distorted voices, reverb and such. Tell me about your equipment and how do you usually record/compose.
We have broken 8 track cassette recorder I did few records on. It´s fun and easy and loud. We could only afford to record ourselves so it was raw and homemade. Now we have gone in a studio 3 times. It´s more fun and it sounds nicer to my ears.
You usually performance with a 12-strings guitar.
I got it off ebay for 200 bucks. I read that Courtney Love designed it (I doubt she even knew they made it into a 12 string model.
Is still the U.S the place to find vintage instruments in great condition and price?
I don´t know, I´ve never seen any cheap guitars in Europe so I guess so. Musicians sell all their money for drugs here so you can find a lot.
About April 77.
The just asked us to do a 7” and offered us a great deal. I still wear the trench coat they gave me everyday. They gave us a lot of records and a lot of money for a 7”.
I don´t know if we´ll do anything else, they paid us and I never heard from them again.
Have you ever played in Japan?
No, we would love to go to Japan. If anyone wants to help us get there we´ll do it.