With their second album, Over and Over, The 88 refute the myth that art and the three-and-a-half-minute pop song canâ€™t get along. While the new record shares the same rollicking spirit as its predecessor, Kind of Light, it also marks a sonic leap forward for the Los Angeles-based quintet. Once word of The 88â€™s irrepressible harmonies and hopping pianos â€“ not to mention Slettedahlâ€™s warm, saturated strains â€“ began to spread among club-goers, Light slowly found its way to radio DJs and rock critics. The band became a staple on KCRWâ€™s Morning Becomes Eclectic, a clearinghouse for rising indie rock outfits, world music composers and underground acts hoping to cross over into the mainstream. Ultimately, 12 of the albumâ€™s 13 cuts made the spin list at NPRâ€™s flagship station, opening the floodgates to movie and television offers. Today, the groupâ€™s TV resume includes segments on NBCâ€™s Extra and ABCâ€™s The Jimmy Kimmel Show, though itâ€™s arguably their appearance on Foxâ€™s hit series The O.C., whose soundtrack sales have now topped 300,000 copies, that put the troupe on their younger fansâ€™ radar. Then, last year, the live track â€˜Coming Home,â€™ which makes its studio debut on Over and Over, landed a plum spot in the Ben Affleck comedy Surviving Christmas (2004). Meantime, amid all the fanfare, The 88 quietly earned themselves a nod as L.A. Weeklyâ€™s Best Pop/Rock outfit in the city.
I had the chance to speak with Keith Slettedahl, singer/guitarist of the band. If you haven’t check The 88 out as of yet, you must not want to have any fun.