It's somewhat mysterious to be meeting Ryan Grubbs and Adrian Comenzind from Sacramento four-piece Ganglians in Shoreditch tonight. They're not really on tour, having played a single acoustic slot for the Rockfeedback Radfest festival at the Shacklewell Arms on the weekend. And they're not really doing promo for upcoming album Still Living, because it doesn't come out until late August and they'll surely be back on English soil around then to tell everyone about it. So I do the only sensible thing and ask them whether they were completely off their face when they recorded Still Living. "We weren't on psychedelics, if that's what you're asking,' Adrian responds, slightly exasperated. "That was a rumour started by (Portland band) Eat Skull," explains singer Ryan "the truth is (South American herbal drink) ayahuasca is so hard to find. You have to go through a shaman, and urban shaman are really creepy."

Not that Ganglians especially need it. Their music already suggests an other-worldly mindset, combining all the best elements of psychedelic garage-pop with melancholy hooks reminiscent of Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys.

"The songs were written over the course of the last year,' says Ryan, "and they definitely came from anguish and all sorts of emotions, but when we get into the studio, it comes out really eclectic and different, that's why you have a juxtaposition of sad lyrics and really happy, buoyant guitars." Still Living marks an ascendancy for Ganglians, a chance to make more significant dents in American and European markets, and more importantly, perfect the jangly sonics that characterised previous LP Monster Head Room.

"What a lot of people like about the last record is that it's very childlike," he says, "there's a spontaneity, where we just did whatever we felt like. This time we knew people were going to hear it, so we wanted to make something more classic."

Making a second album can be a daunting process, as artists strive to push their music ever forwards while still retaining the sound that got them there in the first place. It can be even more difficult for a band like Ganglians, who play a brand of noodling pop that is designed to sound effortless. The truth is that the process is anything but lazy.

"You always want to treat any album you make as your last album, you could die the next day" says Ryan, "I know what good music sounds like, and we're not going to put out a record until it sounds like it's supposed to sound."

That 'sound' is pure California, evoking balmy evenings, beaches and surfing, singlets and sunglasses, a sense of space and freedom. It's a world away from the dark and dingy streets of East London, where the three of us, despite it now officially being 'summer', are straining to be heard over the pitter-patter of rain outside. It's no wonder that a city so constantly mired in wind, rain, darkness and tube strikes has been responsible for producing dubstep, grime and The KLF. So where, if anywhere, do Ganglians find their fanbase across the North Atlantic?

"London and Sacramento? You know, there's actually a crazy amount of similarities. Sacramento is a very small group of people, so small. London, I feel, is the same group of people, but bigger. It feels like a second home. I think there's probably more similarities between Sacramento and the people who come to our shows in London, than there is with San Francisco, in a lot of ways."

Perhaps that's the point. Ganglians may be selling a cruising slice of slacker Americana, but they'd be equally at home amongst the avant-garde hipster circles that haunt Cafe Oto in Dalston. Still Living isn't merely a homage to the freewheeling past of California, it's also a look at the future, incorporating synthesised melodies and production bleeps that lift the music ever more skyward. 

So what of the title? "There was another title I wanted to use, but it got vetoed," says Ryan, looking a little maudlin, "it was this song by 'The Homosexuals' called 'Still Living In My Car'  and I wanted to reference that and call the album "Still Living In My Dreams." It just gives me this romantic image, just that wastoid musician, who doesn't care about material things, who lives through the music. My guitarist Kyle (Hoover) brought this up. He was like "yeah but people don't know about that Homosexuals song, they're not gonna know what you're talking about, it's gonna sound cheesy." It was probably a good call. So far, Ganglians have managed to escape being pigeonholed as one thing or the other, often the death-knell for bands referencing sounds of the past. Their new video for first single 'Jungle' is twisted and hypnotic, but fundamentally, hilarious, featuring kitchz special effects and silly facial prosthetics. It's post-modern without the pretension, and has cool cameos from London bands 'Mazes' and 'Male Bonding,' which always helps. In a world in which the Internet makes and breaks bands overnight, presentation is vital.

"I just want people to hear it. There's so many ways to get music, so many ways for people to record music, there used to be a couple of magazines that people would read and they'd say 'ok whatever this magazine says this week, that's what we're gonna do" and that band becomes like a seminal band, even though there might have been a hundred other band that were even better, even more innovative. Today, anyone has a chance, and that's really cool, but also the market becomes flooded, people have so many choices, and they might just listen to an album once, even a really great album and then think 'ok next one'."

The future for Ganglians remains open to influence, the group preferring to keep the cards close to their chest. In a constantly evolving and disposable scene, this might be the most important decision of all. "I'm so indecisive constantly, if I go to the supermarket to get some toilet paper, I'll come out an hour later and have forgotten the toilet paper, and like picked up some other stuff, because I don't know if I want the cheapest one or the softest one. It would be lovely to live in your dreams completely, but we do have jobs, and I think if you don't have to struggle, you become boring eventually." 

"There can be a disconnect with your expectations," says Adrian, "basically, you want the music to be appreciated, and that's what matters."

Still Living is released August 29th. Ganglians will be back on UK soil in September to play Split Festival, curated by The Futureheads. There are more shows to be announced.