ANCESTORS (band from Los Angeles) create mighty, modern music that dovetails innovative arrangement, crushing primordial riff interplay and melodic instrumental passages with textural atmospherics. With both thunderous roar and expansive communiqué, Ancestors are proving to be a quickly-emerging force of musical power and creativity.
This is the interview for Roba da Rocker with his guitarist and vocalist.
When the band was founded?
We started the band as a 3-piece in 2006. By 2007 we were a 5-piece and recorded our first album.
What's the reason why you started playing?
The three of us (guitar, bass and drums) got together a few times just to jam and it felt good, so we decided to play a few shows just for fun. We quickly realized that we played well together so we kept it going.
What are the bands you take inspiration from? The importance of Pink Floyd?
We’re inspired by anyone who has the drive to write music. Musically, we’ve been inspired by a million different bands from a million different genres. It really depends on mood and circumstance. One often finds him/herself inspired by things he/she would never expect.
Pink Floyd is obviously very important. Not just to us, but to a lot of people. I would be lying if I said that everyone in the band didn’t love Pink Floyd. They’re collectively one of our favorite bands. Anyone who doesn’t love Pink Floyd has a screw loose.
What are your greatest influences?
Everyone in the band has different influences. As a guitarist, I would have to say my biggest influences are Dickey Betts, David Gilmour, Duane Allman, Link Wray, Django Reinhardt, T-Bone Walker, Freddie King and Mississippi John Hurt.
Why did you choose this name?
I honestly don’t really remember. We were originally called The Elder. Then a bunch of bands called The Elder came out of nowhere, so we changed it early on to Ancestors, which we ended up liking a lot more anyway.
Are you working on new material at the moment?
We were. We took a bit of a break for the past six months, but we just played our first show back, so we’re about to jump back into the writing process. Hopefully we’ll have our next record out next year sometime.
How important is musical experimentation?
To us? It’s very important that we continue to challenge ourselves. We always want to grow as musicians and as a band, so we’re always “experimenting” with new ideas and new sounds to incorporate into our music. The material we began to write for our next record (which we’ll revisit and make sure it’s actually good) was definitely experimental for us. More structurally experimental than anything else though.
An adjective to describe you?
ROBA DA ROCKER
Justin Maranga – Guitar, Vocals
Nick Long – Bass, Vocals
Jason Watkins – Organ, Piano, Vocals
Matt Barks – Moog & Modular Synthesizers, Guitar, Vocals
Daniel Pouliot - Drums