A lot of your lyrics are more like little prayers or meditations. It seems that it's not so much what you're trying to spell out specifically through them, but more of evoking a feeling.
Samezvous: Less is more. Like I said, all the ideas that have ever come to me have been luck, including the words. Most of the time when I'm singing I just start singing whatever comes out. When I write a song I start singing and playing chords, and whatever words come out of my mouth at that moment is usually what gets recorded in the end. I don't have any time to think with it, I just go with whatever comes off the top of my head.
I've always liked artists that gave you the room to reinterpret their songs, that weren't so specific that you couldn't find your own life within them. That's just always what I gravitated towards. In the end I only know what a song means to me.
What do you think the biggest mischaracterization is about you or your music?
Samezvous: That Los Halos is a "shoegazer" band.
Samezvous: Yeah, because I just don't see it. I guess I can kind of understand it a little bit with our first album. To me, I tend to think of myself as a songwriter more than anything else. As much as I love bands like Spiritualized and that, with shoegazer bands like Spiritualized I always felt like you could take any line out of any song and put it into a completely different song and it wouldn't make any difference. There are a bunch of lines, but there's no story there. Know what I mean? The lyrics are almost beside the point, and half of the time you can't even understand them.
Which is beautiful, it's fine. There's a purpose to it, a definite purpose, and I can appreciate that. There is that mystery -- that total ethereal kind of oblivion that doesn't need words, only sounds. But lyrics are, quite honestly, the focal point of what I do. So to me there's not a single line in any one of the songs that I've written that's not absolutely necessary for that song and can be omitted. Every time I see us labeled as shoegazer I just think that someone isn't listening to us close enough -- but that's just me being a prick. [Laughs] Everyone hears it differently.
Everyone looks for a common language to describe things to each other. It's human nature to make comparisons, even if they are not totally on mark.
Samezvous: Exactly. That is human nature, and I do the same thing. But the shoegazer thing leads into the whole "indie" thing, and I don't even consider what I do as indie.
How would you define that term?
Samezvous: I don't know. It's like a clique, and I don't like being part of any one clique. As much as I can consciously avoid it, I do, but we're all guilty of it. When I was younger and started listening to "alternative" music, what I liked about is was that there was so much going on and I thought it was so cool that you could do anything. When I hear people not like something just because it's not in "this" or "that" group it frustrates me, because I think that there's so many different types of cool music that if people would just listen to it with an open mind they'd like it.
It's a hierarchy issue. Are you a Star-Belly Sneetch or a Plain-Belly Sneetch? It's not so much what it's about, but having a label to name yourself by.
Samezvous: Exactly! To me, "indie" just sounds very one-dimensional. It's not, but a lot of the bands that rally around the flag think it is, and a lot of people who listen to it seem to limit themselves based on rather narrow minded reasons.
That's too bad. And it's their loss, ultimately.
Samezvous: Yeah, it is, because there's some cool stuff out there.
What about referring to your music as "naval gazer"?
Samezvous: [Laughs] "Naval gazer"? I'll take that, what the hell.