Electric Guest is a Los Angeles-based band formed in 2011. The group comprises Asa Taccone and Matthew "Cornbread" Compton. Brothers Todd and Tory Dahlhoff play bass and keyboards/guitar, respectively, in the touring version of the band. On April 24, 2012, the band released their debut album, Mondo.
Electric Guest has received a great number of accolades in their young career. They garnered attention in late 2011 and early 2012, earning them a month's long residency at the Echo in Echo Park, Los Angeles. They have made major international festival appearances at SXSW (USA), Bonnaroo (USA), Sasquatch (USA), Montreux (CH), Outside Lands (USA), Splendour in the Grass (AUS), Leeds Festival (UK), and Festival Printemps de Bourges (FR) Eurockeennes (FR), We Love Green (FR). Later in 2013 they are due to play ACL (USA) and First City Fest (USA). They also played at Berlin's Fashion Week as well as Cannes Film Festival. Their album Mondo hit the Billboard charts upon its release, reaching No. 11 on the Heatseekers Albums chart and No. 49 on the Independent Albums chart. Their lead single, "This Head I Hold", reached No. 30 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. They were featured as one of twelve on MTV's list of Artists to Watch in 2012 as well as NME's Radar Band of the Week in February 2013 "Radar Band Of The Week - No. 123: Electric Guest". IPC Media Entertainment Network. 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2013-06-12. . The band has released three music videos, the first for their single "This Head I Hold", and the second for their song "American Daydream" as well as one for their song "The Bait".
They performed their single "This Head I Hold" on an April 2012 taping of the Late Show with David Letterman and have made other television appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan all in the United States, while in the UK they have done studio performances for Lauren Laverne, Dermot O'Leary, and Rob da Bank on BBC sessions. While they have performed live on television they have also had their music featured in popular US television shows such as Teen Wolf and HBO's award winning Girls. Advertisers have also picked up on the bands popularity as their song was featured on NFL's Superbowl advertisement as well as a Crate & Barrel ad.
Electric Guest debuted their album titled Mondo on April 2012. the album is very much influenced on retro grooves from the '70s and '80s. As reviewed by Rolling Stone magazine, the sound of Mondo is a "Beck-ian journey into L.A. slacker soul, full of hooky neon jams that ponder fame's fraught highway and the emptiness of modern life." while Entertainment Weekly calls it "'hammock funk' [and it's] the best new micro genre of the season"
Brian Burton (a.k.a. Danger Mouse) co-produced Electric Guest's debut album Mondo after a year of exchanging advice and music with Asa Taccone, who happened to be a friends' younger brother. Taccone then moved to Los Angeles by taking the room Burton was moving out of. Their relationship continued, and ultimately blossomed into their collaboration on Mondo. Besides the album and singles, there has also been a popular cover of Little Dragon's 'Ritual Union' which was done for the "Like a Version" sessions for Triple J in Australia. Nu:Logic also did a remix of "This Head I Hold" on UFK Drum&Bass
When asked which artists and albums have influenced them and been formative in their musical styling, Taccone and Compton noted, "Blonde Redhead - Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons, Serge Gainsbourg - Vu de l'extérieur, Souls Of Mischief - 93 'til Infinity, E-40, Mac Dre, and more".
Electric Guest Mondo tour debuted in 2012, selling out shows. Along with Taccone, percussionist Matthew "Cornbread" Compton, keyboardist Todd Dahloff and his brother, guitarist Tory Dahloff are members of the tour. One tour review reads, "Real, raw, good emotion was a pumping from these fellows.". In 2012 and 2013 they toured through France several times, with the last tour there ending with a sold out headliner at Le Trianon venue in Paris. The UK also has a large fan base with several tours that have gone through there; the most recent tour ending with a headlining sold out show at the Scala in London.
Asa Taccone - Vocals, instrumentals
Matthew "Cornbread" Compton - Drums