Music Mondays: The María's

We can't get enough of new psychedelic-soul duo, The Marías. A smooth rendezvous of jazz percussion, hypnotic guitar riffs, and smoke velvet vocals, they make us feel like we've been transported back to a 1970's lounge bar. 

Read our interview below where we catch up with them about their new EP, Super Clean Vol. 1, and check out our new look book video, Cabin Fever, where we feature their track "I Don't Know You".

Describe your music in 5 words. 

Chocolate, Lush, Velvet, Nostalgic, Feelings

What's your story? How did you guys meet and start The Marías? 

Maria: I’ll let Josh tell it, since he had the courage to start our story.

Josh: I was asked by a friend to run sound at the Kibitz Room on Fairfax next to Canter's Deli. Maria was playing a solo show that night and as soon as she started singing, I knew that I needed to work with her. After the show I asked her if she’d want to come to my studio, and she was down. From then on we started writing and recording together.  

Maria: And after we had written a few songs together, we knew we wanted it to be a thing. So we asked a few of our close friends to join us, and the rest is history. Josh and Jesse Perlman (guitarist) have been friends since they were three. Edward James (keyboardist) is also a childhood friend. And I met Carter Lee (bassist) shortly after I moved to Los Angeles from Atlanta, and he was the best bass player I had ever met. Then we all came together and created The Marías. Edward gets the credit for naming the band. 

Do you have a song writing process?
Maria: Not really. We write what we feel and you can’t put a process to feeling. 
 
Josh: There hasn’t really been one method to writing for us. Some songs start out with both of us feeling inspired and writing something right then and there. Other songs start with an idea from one of us, whether it’s a melody or a chord progression. But we always end up sitting at the computer or on the couch figuring out the structure of the song together. Other times, we’ll write the song while recording it, which can be hit or miss. It’s great when you don’t have to think about anything and whatever you’re recording is coming out well. But it can get frustrating if you’re out of ideas and keep looking at a 'blank page.’ 
 
What were your top 3 favorite albums growing up?
Josh: Hard to choose, but if I absolutely had to, I’d say Sgt. Pepper, Carnivore by Simon Dawes, and Pet Sounds. But there are a ton that I could put up there as well. 
 
Maria: The very first Laura Pausini album, mainly because of how nostalgic it makes me feel. I remember walking through Zaragoza, Spain with my dad when I was around 3 or 4 and him surprising me with the cassette, and I was so excited. Then, I’d say the debut album by Norah Jones and of course, Lauryn Hill’s Miseducation. 
 
What's on your current playlist? 
Josh: The other day I made a playlist called ‘juicy’ because all of the songs are juicy. Got some D’angelo, Bruno Mars, Andy Shauf, Al Green, Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala and more. 
 
Maria: My latest playlist is called ‘having sex in the 70’s’ and it’s full of sexy songs by Elis Regina, Erykah Badu, José José, Billie Holiday, Beach House, HOMESHAKE and more. 
 
What inspired your latest EP?
Josh: Superclean Vol. I is really a collection of songs Maria and I have written up until this point. There are many others that could’ve made it onto the EP, but these six were the ones that seemed the most ready. 
 
Maria: Our relationship. We’ve had ups and downs, but at the end of the day, we love each other and love creating together. And I think that it shows in what we write. 
 
Words to live by? 
Josh: Don’t try too hard. Eat good. 
 
Maria: Be thankful for everything and be kind to everyone.
 
What are your spirit animals?
Josh: Some kind of dope bird. Like an Eagle.
 
Maria: My austrian shepherds, Lucy, Oz and Zoe. And Josh’s mom’s two little pups, Bruce and Pako. And Dave + Cuz’s pups, Lucy, Darren and Hank. Then, horses. I’m obsessed with horses. Then, manatees. Dolphins. Sloths. Koalas. I have a lot of spirit animals. 
 
What's next for you?
Josh: Aside from playing shows, we’ve already started working on Superclean Vol. 2 as we’d really like to release it in the spring of 2018. 
 
Maria: Continue writing songs together and continue creating in general. I definitely want to slow down a bit now that we’re gearing up for the holidays and spend more time with friends and family, but who am I kidding, I’m biologically unable to slow down. 

 

Listen To Superclean Vol. 1:  

 

The Cabin Fever Collection Lookbook Video featuring The Marías: