[INTERVIEW & PHOTOS] Wannabe Jalva
The Jalva boys took some great photos of their adventures around New York during the week, including a trip to Coney Island. Self-described as 'uterus space-groove rock', the Porto Alegre based band have been touring on the back of their latest EP Collecture, and played a selection of shows around New York as part of CMJ.
Click the thumbnails to enlarge the photos, see our interview below with front-man Felipe Puperi, and have a listen to their brilliant EP.
Tell us a little bit about you.
We are Wannabe Jalva, a band from the south of Brazil that plays psychedelic groove rock. There are no rules, desert meets the space while bubbles are crossing the sky.
Was this your first time playing CMJ? And your first visit to New York City?
Almost everyone of us had ready been in NYC before, but playing as a band was our first time.
How was the marathon for you guys?
It was memorable! CMJ is a huge and amazing festival! It was super cool playing alongside so many bands and new artists as well.
Who were some of your favourite acts you managed to see throughout the week?
I liked a band called The Wytches! These guys were playing at Rough Trade when I was there some random afternoon and they rock! Another cool band we watched and played with was The Peach Kings, great guys from L.A.
How about your favourite venue to play/visit?
Rough Trade (Brooklyn) is a great spot, but Arlene's Grocery was my favourite venue to play! It was crowded, everybody enjoying to be there and also celebrating music, what is the most important thing in a festival like this.
Got any favourite spots or hidden gems in the city we should know about?
Ana Maria's pizza was our second home in Brooklyn (haha). I can't remember how many slices we had there. But seriously.. I think Baby's All Right is one of my favourite spots! We hadn’t heard about it before going there, but it seems like a good place to hang out with friends, to meet people and watch nice shows.
New York is such a foodie paradise, what's the best thing you ate last week?
We recently went to a place called Taboonette (close to Union Square), a nice and small middle eastern restaurant with great atmosphere. We also tried a classic cookie at Levain bakery, in the Upper West side (I'm pretty sure it was the best I've ever had).
What's the most "New York" thing you've seen on this trip?
I think nothing can be more "New York" than the Subway, and during those days we were running all the time from one place to another, so the subway was how we feel most the city crowd. Also, the amount of different cultures and eclectic people mixed together is fascinating.
Where to next?
SXSW. Hope to get a chance to go soon!
How was your experience shooting film?
It was amazing! We love to take pictures, we're carrying analog cameras and stuff with us all the time, so it was really cool to shoot our day by day in the city.
What do you like the most about shooting Lomography cameras?
Lomo cameras are unique. The textures, vibes and the concept are really nice. I love the experimental thing these cameras offer.