Over a year ago, a band from Los Angeles released my favourite EP of 2014. That band is James Supercave and that EP is called The Afternoon. I spent most of last year with these four tracks on high rotation. Lyrically it exudes a calming wisdom, while the hit of motivation resides in the beat.

On a mission to share these restorative vibes with a few more people, I had a chat with their frontman Joaquin Pastor. Kindly emerging from the depths of the studio (where they've been spending most of their time lately) we got to know a little more about the happenings of these LA locals. From touring with Warpaint, his overwhelming respect for Kanye and a desire to bring back the theatrics of Bowie - these guys have great taste.

Forming just over three years ago, they are currently in the final stages of completing their debut full length. The band recently signed to Fairfax Recordings which meant the use of the Fairfax Studios in Van Nuys, Los Angeles. If you're familiar with the location, you might also be aware of its previous dwellers - the historically renowned Sound City studios. Most famous for recordings by Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Nirvana and various others, the band are super grateful to be making music in such a special place.

Although they're certainly taking in their surroundings, Pastor explained that the detailed recording process leaves little room for outside influence. "There's a lot of self production going on and we've been bouncing things off of Kevin Augunas over at the studio, he owns the place. I mean, we're really steering the ship here. On our EP as well, we co-produced the EP with Gus Seyffert, but we found that we really end up being so detail orientated that it kind of limits the amount of involvement that someone outside can have... (laughs)." Everyone has their own way of doing things - "I like more complex music and I think we try to deepen the music and play with the complexities as much as necessary."

Last year, James Supercave supported a host of incredible artists including Future Islands, Warpaint, Jungle and Chet Faker. Pastor described the Warpaint tour as being the most surreal, "It was our first time playing in front of crowds that big and Warpaint fans are so generous and so there for the music. Everyone showed up early and people were dancing to our set and some people were singing along. People had gone out of their way to listen to the opening band before they got to the show. It was really beautiful."

Nearly everything I could find online about James Supercave was glittered with the mention of Bowie. He's a big influence of theirs and it got me thinking - what frontmen these days still have that overwhelming element of theatricality? I could only think of a handful: Pond's Nicholas Allbrook, Mac DeMarco, Future Islands' Samuel T. Herring. Pastor agreed that it's lacking but also believes it's something we're going to be seeing more of again, "I think that the theatrical element is starting to come back into vogue somewhat. I do think it's missing, and I think everybody in our group is yearning for something like that... I love a show I can get lost in."

When a new band comes along it's always interesting to know where they're coming from; what's been influencing them. It's a token question, but with these guys it feels like they're taking influence from a diverse mix of people - "I've just recently visited Yeezus non stop, it's so great. My affection for Kanye West goes way too deep. It's just so infectious and carefree. It's almost like, at some point, when an artist starts making things and you reserve judgement for anything that comes out of them, just because you trust where they're going. He's kind of in that place for me right now. I've been listening to a lot of him."

From glitter rock to psychedelic pop and Kanye, these influences have brought about a very unique sound for James Supercave. Pastor's vocals are easily identifiable after a few listens and the funky bass lines make way for a huge element of fun. Yet when you really get to listening this stuff is pretty emotionally driven:

In the end there's no regrets / No questions in my head / No one needs to hear me sing / I hear myself / If I knew that all you got was one deep breath.

"Lyrics are really important to me... I've got a lot of personal optimism, the world I see around me is often pretty bleak and so I think that's kind of where that dichotomy comes in. I'm hopeful in so many ways but often the world doesn't really give you a whole lot to work with."

There's a real sense of positivity at play here - a level of artistic maturity that has left us wanting more. Details on their debut album will soon be announced so keep your eyes peeled. LA's James Supercave are only just getting started.