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Rising profile: Electric Guest tours after releasing major-label debut album

Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton are the masterminds behind the indie band Electric Guest, which is touring in support of its album, Kin. Courtesy of Jimmy Fontaine

It’s another gorgeous day in California.

Asa Taccone is taking full advantage by making time for himself.

“I feel good,” he says. “I was just saying to my friends the other day that I feel the most satisfied with my life for the first time in 15 years. It’s great.”

Taccone is one-half of the indie band Electric Guest. He and Matthew Compton have been creating music together since the band’s inception in 2011. The duo will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Launchpad.

In October, Electric Guest released its third album, “Kin.” The album, on Atlantic Records, is the band’s major-label debut.

The writing and recording process took about a year, which surprised Taccone.

“We had only been with indie labels before,” Taccone says. “I think I was really nervous with a major label because I imagined this endless back-and-forth with songs. When we submitted the 14 or 15 songs to the label, they really liked it. It was a great journey on this one.”

Completing “Kin” in under a year is the quickest the band has completed an album.

The first album took a few years, and the second album took about five years, Taccone says.

“I learned on this album to complete the task and don’t be so precious about it,” he says. “I tried to not overanalyze the process. I wanted to get back to the child instinct of when I first starting making music. It was a lot easier and more fluid.”

Taccone says if there were no deadline, he would have written for another year.

“Add to that the million demos that haven’t seen the light of day,” he says. “I have a tendency to let my thinking and process endlessly spin. If it was up to me, I would never release anything.”

It’s been about seven years since Electric Guest performed in Albuquerque.

Taccone recalls the last show in town.

“New Mexico is the one place where me and Matthew got into a raging fight,” he says. “We finished the show and we were packing up. We were so broke, and we did a merch count and something was off. He thought I was skimming and we had a full-blown argument. We don’t fight often, but it was one of the biggest we’ve had. We were tired, broke and just trying to make it.”

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