Lewis Pesacov seems to be one of those rare human beings who can go from a support act for Red Hot Chili Peppers's UK arena tour, to producing L.A. indie darlings Best Coast and Nashville singer-songwriter Nikki Lane, to designing sound for commercials, to writing, recording, and playing guitar for his Afropop-influenced band Fool's Gold.
When we spoke to Pesacov, he'd just returned from the band's sixth European tour in the last two years: "It was a kind of exhausting one," he says. This November, Fool's Gold will head back over to the UK, to support the Chili Peppers for ten dates at places like London's O2 arena. Pesacov has known the L.A. funk legends new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer for years. (Plus, he says he hears a vague African influence on the Chili Peppers new album, I'm With You. "I wonder if anyone would ever notice besides someone who knows a little bit about African music," he says, laughing. "But I know Flea definitely went to Ethiopia.")
On Leave No Trace, Fool's Gold recently-released second album, Pesacov says his own band's sound is less overtly African-sounding and more a synthesis of their influences than on their 2009 self-titled debut. "On the first record, we were teaching ourselves how to play some of that music. Now, we're synthesizing it with other musical influences that we have and hopefully creating our sound, allowing our own voices to come out a little more."
While Fool's Gold gets grouped into the current wave of indie bands drawing on African musical influences, Pesacov says he and his bandmates focus their attention on specific regions and styles: the Malian Tuareg... Sign In to Keep Reading