Artist Interviews

Q&A: Let’s Wrestle

By | Published on Thursday 4 November 2010

Let's Wrestle

Formed in 2005, Let’s Wrestle released their debut album, ‘In The Court Of The Wrestling, Lets’, in 2009, through Stolen Recordings, following a string of single and EP releases.

The band then signed new deals with Merge in the US and Full Time Hobby in the UK this year, with both labels re-issuing the debut. The UK edition, featuring an extra disc of songs from their early releases, is out this week, while a second long player is already finished and ready for release next summer. We caught up with frontman Wesley Patrick Gonzales to ask the Same Six Questions.

Q1 How did you start out making music?
I don’t know. I liked music, I listened to music and one day decided I wanted to be music.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?

The album title was inspired by King Crimson’s debut album. I can’t really remember what inspired us to make it. A lot of stuff, I suppose. Les Paul and Mary Ford and Swell Maps.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
We record the songs live, then put the vocals on, then the extra guitars, then the keyboards, then we mix it. In total, ‘In The Court…’ took 27 hours to make (if I remember correctly).

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
The Beatles, Television Personalities, Neil Young, Fugazi and Margo Guryan.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
What do you think?

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
Well we’ve already recorded the second album, ‘Trout Mask Wrestlica’, with one of our favourite producers, Steve Albini. That will come out around May, so we’re all set for that. It sounds great, even if I say so myself.