The first time they met, Josh Garza and Imaad Wasif were in an elevator in London. Garza was carrying his kick drum and Wasif had his guitar in hand. They were at the BBC Studios to film performances on “Top of the Pops,” Garza with his band Secret Machines and Wasif appearing as a guest musician with Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Eyeing one another suspiciously, the two maintained a curious silence, until the elevator came to a screeching halt, between floors. Wasif began frantically hitting all the buttons to get the metal box moving, but the lights just flickered on and off and the elevator remained eerily still and suspended.
While waiting for the emergency operator to dispatch a technician, the two eventually set about jamming, Wasif, to ease his claustrophobia and Garza, ever-cool and stoic, to deal with the boredom, and, in his own words, to “just get this little freak to calm down.” Electric Flower had a most unlikely of beginnings.
Another three years pass before the two men randomly collide on a street corner in Los Angeles. After picking up the spilled tacos and samosas, they decided to head down to Wasif’s rehearsal space, where, in a blast of inspiration from the cosmic weirdness of it all, they wrote “Circles,” the epic track off of their debut EP.
With the pounding of blood and the rumbling of thunder, with the indelicate sensations delicately rendered; its finesse lies in the grafting on such libidinous roots of the more visceral stems of Electric Flower.
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