Monday, 14 June 2010

Fresh Blood > Girls of the Gravitron

Name: Girls Of The Gravitron
Origin: Memphis, Tennessee, US
Genre: Lo-fi, Garage-rock


"King Kong"
from The Last Real Houseparty 7"
for a Speed Tapes compilation
"Malthusian Love Song" | "When I'm Dead" | "Violent Appetites"
from Malthusian Love Song 7" (Boom Chick Records, 2008)
"Glowing In The Dark" | "Principles Of Kimberly" | "Weird World"
from Magnetic Mountain LP (Miss Lonelyhearts Records, 2010)

[Our Q&A with the band after the jump]


1. How would you describe your sound in few words?
Beerhall music in a feminist, 1941 Germany if Hitler would've beat the allies to the atom bomb and delay pedal.

2. Name 3 bands without whom you wouldn't exist.
It's hard to really pinpoint influences with this thing...I'm sure there are some pretty evident, probably. I used to listen to all kinds of music, all the time, but for the past couple years all I've been able stomach has been George Jones, Shostakovich, and Nirvana. 

3. If you'd have the chance to work with any film director, who would that be?
Ray Tintori really transformed those otherwise boring MGMT songs into visual, dynamic hippie-ballads. Our songs don't really need help in that way, but it'd be interesting to see what he could come up with. Ben Siler is probably the only director I'd realistically want to work with. He lives somewhere outside of Memphis with his folks. I don't know how many people have seen his work, but he'll probably be bigger than Elvis in fifty years. 

4. Tell us a bit about the making of these songs.
They're recorded in different ways according to what kind of instruments and recording equipment we could beg/borrow/steal. For the most part I write folk songs or waltzes then Will McElroy (Magic Kids) distorts, destroys, and reconfigures them. We just finished recording a big album using more hi-tech gear. It'll be available in Denmark in a couple of weeks.

5. Do you still buy CDs/vinyl/ tape?
Not really. Friends give us their recordings for free. That's nice. The only CD I bought this past decade was that popular MIA album.

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