Los Angeles-based band Harriet made quite an impression when they came onto the scene in 2012 with the track “I Slept With All Your Mothers.” The catchy tune was a strong start to their career but instead of releasing a full-length immediately, they took their time to find the right inspiration and sound. Four years later, Harriet released their debut album titled, American Appetite. The album title was inspired after frontman and founder of Harriet, Alex Casnoff had watched a documentary on the Enron scandal, stating, “I had just finished watching the Enron documentary, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and I came away so angry. I mean, how could you not? But I also became obsessed with Jeff Skilling. I watched his congressional testimony on repeat. I needed to get inside his head, because it wasn’t just pure evil, it was a sociopath condoned by the entire financial system. I started to feel like he wasn’t just lying in that testimony, he really believed he hadn’t done anything wrong. And to me, there’s nothing more interesting than an unreliable narrator.”
B-Sides met up with Casnoff when Harriet was in San Francisco to play the Noise Pop Festival to talk about the band’s debut LP, Casnoff’s background and more. Check out the interview.