Recently, WLTL Music Director Matt Danbury and I had the opportunity to interview Alex Brettin, mastermind behind co-op musical group Mild High Club. The Chicago-turned-L.A. musician performed at The Subterranean, preceded by Burger Records' Michael Rault and as an opener for psychedelic Australian band King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.
With a large "club" of musicians in tow Alex performed a set that felt layered and multi-dimensional, creating an infinite lyrical landscape in the intimate venue space. The ebb and flow of distortedly smooth guitar riffs put the crowd in a trance that heavily contrasted the high-energy bookending sets. For a band to captivate an audience completely unaware of its existence is an unusual feat. With a lifetime of guitar lessons and a formal jazz education behind him, Alex radiated a knowledge of his craft and wisdom of the music industry with justifiable confidence; a certain internal musical progression was evident. He dedicated one of his final songs to a presumable childhood friend to the side of the stage, saying softly, "I played this for him three years ago, I think. Or maybe I was too embarrassed. "
Mild High Club will soar with the release of their upcoming album Timeline due out 9/18 on Stones Throw Records. This is no biased statement, let me assure you. Catch the full interview below.