Wait. Think. Fast. To Unveil Bilingual Debut LP In September

posted June 24, 2010

Wait. Think. Fast. To Unveil Bilingual Debut LP In September

A cultural mashup marrying lush, romantic indie rock with sultry bilingual vocals, Wait. Think. Fast. will unveil their debut LP, "Luces del Sur," digitally August 10, then physically September 2, via the band's own AT Records. Fronted by Argentine-born siren, Jacqueline Santillan, Wait. Think. Fast. embrace two distinct cultures as they disperse a singular, engaging sound.

A labor of love of Santillan and her husband, American-born Matthew Beighley, who are joined by drummer Thomas King, Wait. Think. Fast. straddles two vibrant Los Angeles music communities: the well-entrenched East Side indie rock scene and the burgeoning Latino hipster scene. While rooted in Santillan's Spanish-speaking upbringing, their project is ultimately a mixing pot equally appealing to audiences in both worlds. Pairing big-hearted sentiments with moody keyboards, rich guitars, jittery electronic beats and traditional South American instrumentation, Santillan's music is informed by her perspective of watching her family acclimate to life in a new world rounded out with her adoration for English rockers from David Bowie to The Smiths.

Having earned critical acclaim and an increasing legion of fans with its 2009 EP, "Vuelve al Mar" (Origami Records), the band decided to take itself out of its comfort zone and enlisted a producer for their first full-length. Craig Schumacher was the go-to, for his revered work on albums by Calexico, Iron & Wine and Devotchka, as well as Neko Case, one of Santillan's favorite singers, and the trio retreated to his Wavelab Studio in Tucson. The setting allowed them to record live, which attributes to the warmer, more natural sound they sought, while the desert surroundings inevitably seeped into the songs.

Both self-confident and dramatic, album standout includes first single "Look Alive," a joyous call to lead a more inspired life, delivered over a spry electronic beat. "Leymah Contra Los Diablos," a duet with Ceci Bastida (ex-member of iconic Mexican punk band Tijuana No and formerly of Julieta Venegas's band), draws inspiration from the story of a Liberian woman who led her war-torn nation to peace following a dream that she had been chosen by God. "Covina Park" is a taut rocker that features Jacob Valenzuela (Calexico) on trumpet while "Bad Night" is a string-laden lament with a twang.

Early reaction to the album has been enthusiastic with airplay and impressive television placement. "Look Alive" was chosen by top music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas for "Gossip Girl," and also landed on an episode of "One Tree Hill." Meanwhile, ardent supporter LA-based radio station KCRW is currently spinning various cuts from the record months ahead of the release.

With the band's unique ability to appeal to a variety of audiences, Wait. Think. Fast. have garnered new fans through segments on MTV3 as well as NPR and have received airplay simultaneously in Mexico and on KROQ in Los Angeles. Again, walking the line between varied musical cultures, they have shared stages with everyone from indie rockers like Delorean, Helio Sequence, Avi Buffalo, Mia Doi Todd and Latin-influenced acts including the Nortec Collective, Ceci Bastida, Ximena Sarinana and Ozomatli.