Have you seen these two?  Their desert wanderers.  Neither of them are from the desert, yet, they “get it”.  They are able to see the charm in the desert.  And they use that charm to their creative artistic advantage.
What I love most about the Golden Animals, besides their music, besides the fact that they played an epic show at the Date Farmer’s art studio, and beside their lifestyle of living in a van and wearing fabulous clothes… is how they rep the desert.  Whenever I read interviews with the Golden Animals, questions about the desert always come up and they always have nothing but positive things to say about living out in the low desert…
Below I have posted some quotes from the Golden Animals that I love...
Where are you originally from?

T: Baltimore.

L: In Sweden (Facts were checked and she did have a legitimate Swedish accent)

And now you’re living where?

L: Right now we aren’t living anywhere. We just move around all the time in the same sort of big area in the desert in California.

T: Yeah living in the desert and finding temporary locations. Like we’re interested in being able to be left alone and being able to play music as loud as we want whenever we want. That’s our only criteria for a space, to be private and to be able to jam without pissing anyone off or deal with anybody.

Why desert as compared to say, farmland or something like that?

L: We actually just kind of ended up there. It wasn’t ever planned to go there. But once we get used to being there, you know, it just feels right for us.

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Did you write that here or was that in the desert?

T & L: Desert.

T: We wrote this record out there, basically. Some songs were started I guess back east.

What was the writing process like that?

T: It’s all different. As we’ve been playing together I think we’ve become a lot more collaborative, and since we’ve been able to just jam a lot, a lot more comes out of just jamming and playing music all the time together. We both kind of tap into one sort of current and if it feels easy and natural then we follow it ’til we get hungry.

L: Yeah

T: We jam a lot. It’s a big part of our life.

Who were some of the influences for that?

L: [Laughs]

T: We were influenced musically by old blues music, like pre-war. Mostly blues music. Guitar based, which felt like it had more to offer us than many more contemporary forms that came from that. They’re the people that started all of it, cause Jazz, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and everything really came from the blues, and the people that started that in America mostly just had one guitar and that was enough to do what they needed to do. They approached the guitar as a total
instrument as opposed to just a piece of a band. We were able to find a lot of…. So yeah, that’s what we were listening to out there. Nothing really after 1930.

So maybe Robert Johnson or Skip James?

T: Yeah! Those are really two out of dozens of really incredible people that people don’t think of as easily. Memphis Minnie and Frank Stokes and Blind Willie McTell. I mean there’s a gigantic list of bluesman that really just blew our mind. AND women. Yeah it’s sort of an unfortunate expression because the blues women, I mean, that stuff is unbelievable to listen to. Like Memphis Minnie and Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith and stuff like that.

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You see yourselves staying in the desert for a while?

T: Yeah.

L: Definitely. We like everything about it. The air, the temperature…

T: The sky at night…

L: The animals…

T & L: The space [laughing at themselves]

L: You know we’ve lived there so long.

T: Time moves, you know, everything is dramatically different than what anyone in the city lives with. And the people we meet out there, and you don’t meet many people cause they move out there to just be left alone and to focus on something that they’re working on. It’s a great place for artists because it’s inexpensive and it hasn’t been turned ugly by a lot of capitalism and stuff.


And how does it feel coming from Sweden?

L: Well, it’s great! I love the desert. I feel like I was always heading out west.”


In another interview they said…

“It was the first time that either of us really like just totally left everything behind and went off somewhere and said ‘all right, we’re playing music, and like there’s nothing to get in our way,’” says Eisner. “There’re no bars that exist, there’re no parties. There aren’t even people.”

With temperatures at times exceeding 115 degrees, nothing around besides animals and untouched nature, and the realization that they were staying in the last home with any form of electricity in the area, Eisner and Beecroft did nothing but jam and write Free Your Mind And Win a Pony during their six-month sojourn, says Eisner.

“We never felt lonely or desperate or anything,” says Eisner. “It was like a real sense of kind of peace. That’s what made it,” says Eisner.”



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