We talk to Salt Cathedral about South America, being compared to the Foals and their new EP Oom Velt.

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Salt Cathedral, Brooklyn Rockers from Berklee by way of South America, blend a passion for inspiring originality with Brazilian-influenced style fused with a pension for ambient pop. Their first self-titled EP was a great business card to start handing out to the NY indie scene – but their new EP is fresher than freshman. I sat down with Juli and Nico at a coffee shop on Franklin Avenue and talked Latin Dance Music, California Redwood Trees, and how all of it is fabrication.

CAN YOU NAME THE MEMBERS OF THE BAND? 

Juliana – Vocals

Nico – Guitar

Tommy – Drums

That’s how we’ve done this tour. We were playing with a five member piece for a while, but when thinking about the tour for this album we wanted to scale down. We’ve got a small car.

WHERE DOES THE NAME SALT CATHEDRAL COME FROM?

It comes from an underground church built within the tunnels of a salt mine 200 meters underground in Colombia. It’s a really magical place where all kids in the town remember visiting when they were growing up. It’s got this really atmospheric vibe, really grand.

“ATMOSPHERIC” AND “GRAND” COULD BE WORDS USED TO DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC. IS YOUR MUSIC RELIGIOUS?

No, but we like religious music. It’s really powerful; it’s trying to take the listener somewhere.

ARE YOU ORIGINALLY FROM NEW YORK?

No. We’re from South America – Colombia. We’re now living in Bedstuy.

DID YOU GUYS MEET IN COLOMBIA?

We actually met in Boston, at Berklee Music School.  After we graduated, we moved out to LA for a while. There was no street life there; it was tougher to meet people. So we took a chance to come out to NY.

HOW WAS THE MUSIC SCENE IN SOUTH AMERICA?

It’s a little different. In South America all they really want to do is dance. Anything you do there has to have a bouncy beat, and most of the time it has to be in Spanish.

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