(photo via myspace.com/girlfriendsus)
The trio (Benny, Jenny, Andy) perform down-to-earth, sweet and fuzzy tunes, channeling the flawless pop sensibilities of The Kinks and the twisted lyrical chomp of The Vaselines.
Incidentally, they rip and roar through “The Day I Was A Horse” (The Vaselines) on the B-side of their new 7-inch.
To summarize: Girlfriends write smart, addicting, and memorable pop tunes that make my mouth water and my ears dance.
They’re the first band I have entered into the Sex Sux (Amen) ongoing dialogue with musicians and other interesting cultural figures that will be forever categorized under the Lester Bangs-inspired title “Groveling Obeisance.”
The brief interview that follows occurred via email:
1. Why do you (collectively or individually) make music?
Benny sez: cos if i put out some records then i’ll LIVE FOREVER
Jenny sez: i make music because it’s FUN and i can’t not do it. if i didn’t do it, i’d be a sad sack.
Andy sez: i make music with jen and ben because they like ice cream. i have been in bands before that were vegan or lactose-intolerant and it’s like come on people let’s go.
2. What records, off the top of your head(s), dramatically changed your perspective on music? 7 inches/45’s count.
Benny sez: ‘johnny b goode’ by chuck berry was my first favorite song but i didnt have it on record i just requested it on oldies 103.3 every request hour. my parents would dial the phone over and over and once we got through the busy signals i’d yell that or ‘chain gang’ (by sam cooke) in the phone
Jenny sez: i don’t know about dramatic changes. i tend to see my tastes and influences as slowly evolving. madonna made me want to perform when i was 4. kim gordon made me want to play music that is both understated and badass. i’m bad at picking specific things.
Andy sez: “i just called to say i love you” changed my perspective about key changes. you can just keep going up and up and up and up!
also “percolator” by billy joe & the checkmates changed my perception of using musical instruments to mimic the sounds of kitchen objects. plus i love coffee.
BONUS: Be sure to check out Girlfriends’ Band In Boston Flophouse Sessions!