People at Parties

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People at Parties – please introduce yourselves in no more than twenty words:

Musicians that thrive on taking chances with electronics and all things synth.

 You may pass one law. What is it?  

Can we pass a law that makes it illegal for white people to celebrate Cinco de Mayo?  We are trying to respond to these answers right now and there are a bunch of idiots wearing fake moustaches and sombreros running around making a ruckus!  Also, that they can’t call Jose Cuervo tequila, that shit is gross!

 You describe yourselves as low-fi dirty synthpop. Why dirty?

Dirty is taking something clean like a pure tone, throwing it on the ground, stomping on it, making it feel like it has to fight to survive which in turn gives it a little personality.  Kinda like what happens to most folks that we generally get along with.

 What is it that makes the darker side of synthpop so appealing visually and sonically? 

We never actually set out to make synthpop music specifically but we started writing songs with sounds we wanted to hear. We like that synthpop is typically gender bending and allows for an opportunity for the light hearted pop to turn bleak and blank and allow the listener to connect on a different level.

Mixing sounds that are traditionally heard in 70’s progressive rock (we use a prophet as our lead instrument) with beats heavy on the high hats takes us a little further away from the typical synth pop project. When something is honest it will always have a dark side.

Is faith important to any of you?
LK- I definitely have some sort of faith and believe in soul. I tend not to believe in anything I’ve been programmed to believe by the mainstream and i am truly uncertain of the existence of reality, but I cannot deny there is an energy that draws me to certain things and certain people. I have faith in that.

KH – I have faith in only a few people in my life.  I don’t like tricking myself into believing that there is something greater.  But I do have fear that propels me to be an artist and continue to ask questions in order to find some meaning to our existence.

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A benevolent and synth friendly god makes the impossible possible – you can have two-support acts of your choosing at your next gig from any time in history They are and why?

Deep Purple. With original members…specifically Jon Lord!  we loved that he chose to play the Hammond when the moog synth was becoming popular.  The sound he achieved with that organ was so amazing, I feel it was the first time the keys took that sonic place of a guitar in a rock band.

He played through guitar amps, Bex plays all her synths through amps as well.  It really changes the presence and makes it alive!  We would love to play with The Talking Heads specifically during their Fear Of Music tour.  The Eno collaboration made it so funky and dark. We would have been a great opener for them circa ’79!

You recently played at a Beatles interpretation night. Which song did you cover and why?

We covered “Let It Be” in our own voice. Using the original lyrics, changing the key, and playing with effects really created a vibe that worked for our sound.  If we tried to cover anything literally it would just sound wrong.  It was really a challenge for us that proved to be super rewarding in the end! “Let It Be” really just felt like the right tempo, and the lyrics really evoke imagery that we liked.  We wanted to take you to the dark place that some of the lyrics really imply.  It’s desperate and hopeful at the same time, very much like many of the songs we strive to write.

We will follow a cause of your choice. What is it?

How about the cause to get us to Europe for a tour!

Life doesn’t get much better – one of your dream support acts asks you to play live to one of their tracks. Which track creates borderline hysteria and why?

Wow, Imagine us playing with Prince.  Once he is done with The Third Eye sound, he could move on to us!  We could do a killer version of Erotic City. Simple, but really fuck up the sounds so that bassline line rips and the Linn drum accompanies a live kit, with LK using all of her vocal pedals to create another vocal track that really makes it way out there.

‘Tides’ is utterly fabulous, needs to be heard by the masses and is one of our very favourite synth tracks – what’s the background?

Thanks!  Tides is one of our favourites as well. it came to us very organically in a jam session in the heatwave of NYC summer and pretty much wrote itself. It appears as a love song, with an obvious reference to the ocean, but its meaning actually has much more to do with all of us being overcome by something we can’t control.  Finding a way to understand our existence within the constraints of the world we live in, trying to connect to others, searching for the meaning of forever…. all things considered when writing this song.

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The synth really acts like a wave trying to swallow everything in its path and the drums are meant to sound big overall but also distant and expansive by using tape echo on the snare. The vocals are meant to evoke desperation and darkness but are also hopeful at the same time.  So overall it really is about the juxtaposition of love and hate and how we coexist with others to find meaning in ourselves.

Your self-titled debut album was also self-released. Pro’s and cons?

When we started writing songs together we knew we would release our work on our own.
The music industry is really tricky right now and although there are some really amazing small labels that put out  and support amazing artists, we just wanted to do it our way from start to finish. We wanted people to have the opportunity to purchase our music with a feeling that they are getting to know us in the process.

We print all of our own t-shirts, design our own posters, artwork, created a zine, all things you can purchase when you buy our music for what every you can donate. We want people to be reminded that we created this a record, not song by song for singles you can buy on iTunes. We wanted our release to feel like you were joining a club and you can choose your level of entry by how much you donate.  It’s been very successful and we it gives us a chance to know a little bit about who is interested in our sound.

Cons would be that we still would love to have that support that comes with a label…the hype and love that people with supportive labels have for their artists.  We feel creative on many levels and know that our next release will continue to propel us in a direction that is right for us at the time.

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