British electronic outfit AlunaGeorge will be premiering at least two thumping new songs – “Heartbreak Horizon” and “In My Head” — from its upcoming, as-yet-untitled sophomore album when it hits The City next week. But Aluna Francis wants to alert fans that her keyboardist-producer partner in the duo, George Reid, will not be accompanying her on stage this time. “George doesn’t tour with the band now. He felt his calling was much stronger in the studio,” says the singer, who relies on the drums-keyboard backing of Reid’s friends instead. “So we Skype him from the road sometimes and go, ‘Hey, you want to come back on tour?’”
So you guys are not a couple. Have you maintained romantic relationships outside of AlunaGeorge?
Ha! What do you think we are? Monks? Of course we do! George is a good-looking guy — he is taken and sold. But with me, it’ a bit more difficult, because I am very, very hard to pin down. I might be around, say, a month, and then I’m gone. And George lives in London, so he’s able to stay in one place. But I’m kind of homeless right now. I’m always on tour, so I basically live nowhere, really.
Your 2013 debut “Body Music” was a huge hit overseas. But you wound up signing to the American imprint Interscope?
It was about time for a change. And when Interscope came along, we were really excited, because we’d seen how far we could go with the current situation we had. And America was opening up to us, you know? The label was like, “Come over! You can be the new unknown, underground band, the cool kids!” And we thought, “All right. We should go back to America and see what’s what.”
What perks came with the contract?
We can now go to Interscope Studios to write. But the main thing is, we met the team that’s going to be working around us, and I’ve never seen a group of people more excited about their job. And each other. And for a minute, I was so English about it – I was like, “What the hell is going on? Why are you all so excited about your jobs? This is very weird.” But in any industry, you can occasionally find a little pocket of people that absolutely love what they’re doing.
How close is the album to being finished?
Let’s use a cake analogy. It’s out of the oven, cooling down. But we’re going to cut it in half, put something in the middle, put icing around the outside, and add some hand-made marzipan figurines. And everyone’s impatient, going, “Can’t I eat it yet?” And we’re like, “ No, no, no. Just wait!”
IF YOU GO
Where: Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., SF
When: 9 p.m. Oct. 14
Contact: (415) 625-8880, www.ticketmaster.com