Hello girls, first of all many thanks for taking your time answer the questions as an introduction of a very interesting band and a superb new EP “Mental Image,“ that will be released in Europe now for the first time.
K: Thank you for the kind words.
Maybe we can start off with a short introduction of yourselves. So, Rio, what can you tell us about Kazhmir?
R: She’s incredibly confident and friendly. Wicked multi-tasker. Stupid funny. Dead sexy. Ingenious. Diplomatic. Focused. Fun-loving. Ridiculously talented. Not a good liar.
And Kazhmir, what is important to know about Rio?
K: She’s one of the most exquisitely funky, creative, funny, talented, selfless, insightful, articulate people I know. She also has a kick-ass vinyl collection that is “to die for”.
As you are an all-female band, how does it feel, without a rooster in the yard?
R: Ha ha ha ha, “rooster in the yard”!! That’s hilarious! I’m not sure how I could compare it to anything else since we’ve been an allfemale band for so long…I’m sure there’s a different dynamic at play, but I don’t know if that’s really got more to do with the fact that every group of musicians has its own chemistry. We didn’t really do the all-female thing on purpose, but it just seemed to work out that way…we were friends that wanted to play music and we recruited other friends that happened to be women as well. I think we would play with anyone, male or female, as long as we got along and had some of the same interests.
You did start as a band of four, now you are two. What happened in the time in between, can you shortly summarize your bio maybe? How did you find together to form a band?
R: Kazhmir and I started writing together back in 2000 or so, and she taught herself how to play bass in the process. We knew we wanted to be a new wave band, so we bought some electronic drums and searched high and low for a keyboardist and a drummer. After a few early lineup shifts, we wound up as a 4-piece and slowly developed our sound and stage show over time. There were a lot of shows, traveling all over the southeastern U.S., recording, and major drama in between! We were a 4-member band for about seven years, and last year we streamlined to a duo after the departure of our long-time drummer (Machine) and keyboardist (Metro).
Why did it take five releases until you come across the Sea to Europe?
K: Of course we didn’t intend to wait so long, we were dying to make it over! We just had financial issues…which is a nice way of saying that we are starving artists.
When I read the band name for the first time, I was reminded of Duran Duran’s song. Is there any connection to it?
R: We love that song, obviously! Back several years ago when Kazhmir and I were first starting out, I remember flipping through a magazine while on the phone with her, seeing a picture of Duran Duran hotness, and thinking what an awesome band name “Girls on Film” sounded like. I think we both were like, “Oh God, yeah!”
How can you describe your music in three words?
K: “Icy-cold glamwave.” Or how about “Lipstick synth pop.”
What does the title ”Mental Image“ stand for?
K: “Mental Image” is actually a lyric from a song that did not make it onto the album!
On the new EP there are five original songs and four remixes. Kazhmir, what comes into your mind about the remix of „Pitiless Friend“ by Macutchi?
R: Love, love, love the treatment of the vocals! Sorry, I had to cut in. 😉
K: this remix is so fresh! It makes the song incredibly danceable, which always gets me hot.
Is there any feeling you remember when you heard the DJ F Remix of Medicated Mind, Rio?
R: I think I was jumping up and down. DJ F’s remix is really energetic…it changes tempo at one point in the song and turns into this totally sexy sort of slow jam, but then changes up again and makes you want to dance.
Why there is no remix of „Devil’s Lies“?
R: We were fortunate to have some of the best remix artists out there work on our tracks and we originally thought that we would have a remix for each song on the maxi-EP, but in the end, I think we decided that “Devil’s Lies” was so much more mellow than the other songs that it maybe didn’t really lend itself to be remixed.
The production was supported by well-known producers like Geza X (Dead
Kennedys and more) and Paul Roessler. How did they get interested in your band?
K: We were contacted by Satellite Park Studios (Geza and Paul’s recording studio) to see if we were interested in recording some tracks with them. They are incredibly supportive of indie bands, and even though they typically work on major-label projects, they took us on as a “passion project”. It was humbling to work in the presence of such greatness.
Are there any anecdotes you like to talk about that happened during the production?
R: Well, we went to Malibu as a 4-piece and recorded with Geza and Paul, and the two of them were so fun to work with. It was a little hard not to be in awe of them just because of their accomplishments. They made us feel very comfortable and by the end of the process, we’d had such a great time that we didn’t want to come home! We’re so happy with the record. I also remember being in the studio one day with the rest of the Girls and Frank Infante walked in and we about died…he was super nice, too. Of course there was also some band drama going on….we were having some internal issues at the time.
Okay, let’s take a look onto the details of the songs. What topics do your songs cover – fiction or reality?
R: You know, it’s a little bit of both. One part real, one part made up, and a good dose of fantasy as well. Compromise, star-crossed love, alienation, lust, dissatisfaction, and sometimes general ridiculousness.
What is the song „Metrosexual“ about? How do you define that term for you?
K: “Metrosexual” is a thinly-veiled homage to someone I’m too embarrassed to call out. And for me, a metrosexual is someone meticulous in grooming and personal style.
Who is your „Pitiless Friend“?
R: “Pitiless Friend” is a metaphor for the emptiness left by a long-lost lover.
Can you tell us about your plans after the EP? Will there be a new album the friends can look forward to?
R: We have been working on new songs which will eventually lead to another recording. With all the shuffling of the band lineup this past year, there have been some big changes we’ve been navigating, but so far it’s been a lot of fun playing with the concept of reinventing ourselves as a duo. Vocals and bass are still performed live, as always, and Kazhmir is now writing all keyboard and drum parts. We weren’t sure how we would be perceived at first with this set up, but there has been a hugely positive response so far. I think Kazhmir and I are very closely aligned as far as our musical tastes and styles…the music has come a long way since we started out and I think the jury is still out on how the latest shakeup will change/affect the new music we’re writing.
What can you tell us about the music scene in the Sunshine State of Florida?
Are there many clubs, and what is your favourite one where one can run into you to buy you a drink or two?
K: There’s music everywhere in Florida, and we’ve been fortunate enough to play tons of really, really great venues. There are some cities, such as Gainesville, where electronic-based music is very much its own scene and artists are encouraged to be experimental and just have a blast. There are several clubs I’ve been to that I love, but my personal favourite is surprisingly not really a live music venue…it’s a tiki lounge called Waterworks that’s decorated with totem poles and puffer fish and serves drinks in skull glasses. Fun place to relax and hear good music on a Saturday night.
What kind of music to you listen to besides Girls on Film?
R: Personally, I’m into all sorts of new wave and old wave and 80s and electro and old-school punk, funk, and 90s underground club music. I’m a fan of the Human League and Duran Duran and The Damned. Kazhmir: In addition to all of the great stuff that Rio just rattled off, I also enjoy a lot of the newer underground dancy electro-indie stuff that has been surfacing (a la 2020 Soundsystem, Ladyhawke, Santigold, Amanda Blank…)
Please tell us how your live gigs are like and what is special about them that they must not be missed!
K: A live Girls on Film show usually involve lots of big aerodynamic hair, weird dancing & synthy dance beats, quirky vocals, heavy makeup, heavy bass guitar, and that thorn in the side of every electro band, the dreaded Technical Difficulties.
Do you think you are more of a live- than a studio band?
R: Hard to say…there’s nothing as exciting as playing a live show, for all its unpredictability and energy and fun. But in the studio and with a recording, you have a much tighter control over how things end up sounding. We definitely put on a show, but enjoy the record-making process quite a bit as well.
Can you disclose some confirmed gigs in the near future?
K: We’ve got several scheduled in and around Florida and Georgia right now which will keep us busy and traveling through the summer.
Will you come to visit and tour Europe now?
R: Of course, we’ve always wanted to! As soon as we are able, we’ll be right over. The logistics will be our only obstacle!
Many thanks for the interview. Do you have some closing words to our readers out there?
K: Many thanks to YOU in return. We are super excited about the European release of our EP and hope to be playing near you sometime soon!