Interview by Sam from A Layer of Chips
Expert Alterations are a jangle pop band from Baltimore, USA, founded in March of 2013 by Paul Krolian, Alan Everhart and Patrick Teal. Deadpan vocals mingle with sparkling, chiming guitars and an insistent rhythm borne out of the tenacious, nervous energy of The Fall. Expert Alterations’ influences range from the well-trod (TVPs, The Wedding Present) to roads less traveled (Yeah Yeah Noh, Close Lobsters) and they process them into songs that can stand side-by-side with such standard-bearers. The band has played shows with The Clean, Crystal Stilts and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart.
Tell me more about the band – how did you get together, what records have you released, what’s your favourite colour?
Well Alan and Patrick met about seven years ago working at a clothing shop. They’d sneak off camera and smash coat hangers against the wall in the back room while listening to Crystal Stilts. Then Paul was met outside of a pop show in Baltimore. He liked Patrick’s Spacemen 3 t-shirt.
We have released one EP with Slumberland, a split 7″ with Literature and our LP with Kanine.
Grey, even though I guess technically that is a shade. Brown is quite nice.
Will this be your first time in the UK?
Alan was born in the UK, Paul has visited a handful of times. This will be Patrick’s maiden voyage to the UK.
How well known is Indietracks in the US?
You could probably count on both hands and maybe some toes the amount of people who know about Indietracks in the States. It’s criminal.
What are you looking forward to most at Indietracks?
Campsite discos and football matches. We are hoping to introduce a whiffle ball game as well. Possibly seeing Stephen Pastel use a portaloo. Buckfast!
What else do you have planned for your trip to the UK?
We’d like to take in a few sights, places like Beachy Head and There and Back Again Lane. Patrick would like to see Clapham where his grandmother grew up. A trip to Sainsbury’s is in order. Those 2L bottles of superlarket cider. Track down Mark E. Smith
Who else are you listening to at the moment?
Cate Le Bon. The Goon Sax. Dick Diver
Which three bands would headline your fantasy Indietracks?
Probably pretty obvious ones here but Belle and Sebastian and The Pastels. This year’s line up is pretty much a dream line up!