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The witty, funky pop duo Electric Guest feature Asa Taccone (brother of Lonely Island's Jorma Taccone) and Matthew Compton. While Taccone helped his brother and fellow Lonely Islanders Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer produce hits like "Dick in a Box," he found his true collaborator in Compton, whom he met while they were sharing a house in Los Angeles that included Taccone's old friend Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse, as a former resident. While working on Saturday Night Live-affiliated projects such as the Lonely Island songs and the soundtracks to the films Hot Rod and MacGruber, Taccone and Compton also worked on Electric Guest's debut album with Burton, a process that took over six years. The duo's mix of funk, soul, soft rock, disco, and pop came to fruition with Mondo, which arrived in April 2012.
Electric Guest is a Los Angeles-based band formed in 2011. The group comprises Asa Taccone and Matthew "Cornbread" Compton. Brothers Todd and Tory Dahlhoff play bass and keyboards/guitar, respectively, in the touring version of the band. On April 24, 2012, the band released their debut album, Mondo.
Electric Guest has received a great number of accolades in their young career. They garnered attention in late 2011 and early 2012, earning them a month's long residency at the Echo in Silverlake, California. They performed their single "This Head I Hold" on an April 2012 taping of the Late Show with David Letterman and have made major international festival appearances at SXSW (USA), Bonnaroo (USA), Sasquatch (USA), Montreux (CH), Outside Lands (USA), Splendour in the Grass (AUS) and more. Their album Mondo hit the Billboard charts upon its release, reaching No. 11 on the Heatseekers Albums chart and No. 49 on the Independent Albums chart. Their lead single, "This Head I Hold", reached No. 30 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. They were featured as one of twelve on MTV's list of Artists to Watch in 2012. The band has released two music videos, the first for their single "This Head I Hold", and the second for their song "American Daydream".
Electric Guest debuted their album titled Mondo on April 2012. the album is very much influenced on retro grooves from the '70s and '80s. As reviewed by Rolling Stone magazine, the sound of Mondo is a “Beck-ian journey into L.A. slacker soul, full of hooky neon jams that ponder fame's fraught highway and the emptiness of modern life.”
Brian Burton (a.k.a. Danger Mouse) produced Electric Guest's debut album Mondo after a year of exchanging advice and music with Asa Taccone, who happened to be a friends' younger brother. Taccone then moved to Los Angeles by taking the room Burton was moving out of. Their relationship continued, and ultimately blossomed into their collaboration on Mondo.
When asked which artists and albums have influenced them and been formative in their musical styling, Taccone and Compton noted, "Blonde Redhead - Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons, Serge Gainsbourg - Vu de l'extérieur, Souls Of Mischief - 93 'til Infinity, E-40, Mac Dre, and more".
Electric Guest Mondo tour debuted in 2012, selling out shows. Along with Taccone, percussionist Matthew “Cornbread” Compton, keyboardist Todd Dahloff and his brother, guitarist Tory Dahloff are members of the tour. One tour review reads, “Real, raw, good emotion was a pumping from these fellows.”