When New York-based alt-R&B/electro-pop trio Lolawolf was referred to as “the most DGAF band on the planet” by a pop-culture blog recently, even the band had trouble figuring out what that meant.
“I texted a friend that I thought knew what that would mean,” recalls drummer/producer Jimmy Giannopoulos. “He was just, ‘You’re losing your edge, brother!’” (It means “don’t give a ....”)
While the band has been around for a few years, Giannopoulos, keyboardist James Levy, both 34, and frontwoman Zoe Kravitz, 26, consider themselves BFFs.
They continue to have a relaxed rapport even when they’re touring all over the place, whether they’re opening for Miley Cyrus one minute or for Twin Shadow (which they’ll do this Saturday in Carrboro) the next.
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“It’s just everyone is being realistic with everything we do,” says Giannopoulos. “We have to play a show and we’re like, ‘Oh, let’s get dinner first. And, after we’re done, let’s go to your house, James, and watch a movie.’ It’s not like we don’t give a (expletive). We’re just kind of doing it along with the way we do everything else, because we always hang out anyway.”
The band has been getting buzz not just for the music they create (which can be heard on their debut album, “Calm Down,” released last October), but because they have an actress/member of rock royalty as their lead singer. Kravitz is a professional actress (she can currently be seen in “Insurgent,” the latest “Divergent” movie) and the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet.
So, does having a rising young ingénue in the band take attention away from, well, the band?
“It doesn’t affect anything,” assures Giannopoulos. “It’s like, that’s work. She’s making a living. That’s what she does for a job, you know. People go to work and they do (expletive). And she’s passionate about it too, which is even better. But when we’re making music, the two don’t ever really cross.”
Giannopoulos believes that once people hear the unpredictable, divisive music Lolawolf makes, they’ll understand how serious they are about their music.
“If we were trying to make a million dollars, we wouldn’t be making this kind of music,” he says.
“We’re just doing what we kind of want to do and I think that that kind of sends off a lot of the haters, where it’s like you can’t really talk (expletive) because this isn’t top-40 music. So, there’s nothing you can really say.”
Who: Twin Shadow, with Lolawolf
When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Cat’s Cradle, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro
Info: 919-967-9053 or catscradle.com