Welcome to the fifth AND sixth spotlight on two of the 26 bands/artists that will appear on the POST/POP vs Cassette Culture Collaboration Compilation (PXP006). I aim to have one of these interviews every single day so by the time we release the album at the end of March you will know each band initmately! This time around its 2 bands that share members.. it’s GIRLS ON THE BEACH and PASTY CLINE!
Where are you from? Somewhere exotic? Are there any nice record shops there?
Girls on the Beach and Pasty Cline are both projects I started in Orlando, Fl. Most of the Pasty Cline album, however, was recorded during a 5 month period I spent in Colorado.
As far as record shops, there’s a guy in Orlando named Rich who used to have a place called Vinyl Richie’s Wiggly World of Records. Not too long ago he moved the whole shop into his house and now you can go over there to browse and buy records. I haven’t been since he moved, but it sounds cool.
What genre would you pigeonhole yourself into? Y’know, if I had a gun to your head! (There’s a slim chance that in the future I may have to point a gun to your head due to sleepwalking)
Girls on the Beach to me is a blend of 50s/60s rock & roll and 60s girl group stuff, but you could just pigeonhole us into the modern garage movement.
Pasty Cline has a psych/folk vibe with a decent amount of 50s/60s country influence. In pigeonhole terms…indie folk? I dunno what that means.
I’m bored of bands telling the world what their musical influences are SO, what are your non-musical influences? (people, movies, art etc)
I think my 50s/60s nostalgia is one of my more commanding influences. Girls that break my heart. Psychedelic experiences. 80s high school movies (John Cusack, Ferris Bueler), That Thing You Do!, Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, Coen Brothers, Sam Raimi, Woody Allen. Comic books, X-Men, East of West, God is Dead. Brian Wilson. Phil Spector. Beer. Marijuana. Shane MacGowan. Twin Peaks. Searching for meaning, self discovery. Vonnegut. Dystopian literature. Bill Murray. Jack Donaghy. Ron Swanson.
How did you find out about this collaboration/compilation and what made you send me your songs?
I spend too much time on Reddit, /r/cassetteculture and /r/comicbooks specifically. You had a great compilation idea, of course I sent songs! I also think my writing style fits in with the literary theme.
You are in a dusty room. Time hangs heavy in the air. Before you is an ancient table, carved from a twisted tree that once stood proudly atop a lost mountain. Upon this great table is a gilded envelope. You open the envelope slowly, knowing that it will give you the answer that you have been waiting for ever since you started this journey. You have lost many friends and gained untold enemies along the way. All for this. This moment. You carefully remove the parchment, feeling the edges until it draws blood. You notice not, as your eyes flicker across the page. Your blind companion, so loyal, even though you traded his eyes for safe passage and a mixtape, brings his ear close to your lips and asks you the question. “What did the letter say?” and your answer is……
“So it goes…”
Do you listen to tapes yourself? Do you think there’s a future for the format?
Yes, and as long as there are bands and artists that have to do things for themselves I think cassettes will remain a popular option. It’s a cheap and somewhat easy way to self release music and way more interesting than some blank CD’s you bought at the store.
What’s the one thing people should know about you before they listen to your track?
Seems redundant at this point, but probably my nostalgic obsession with the 50s and 60s.
What’s the one thing people should know after they listen to your track?
Girls on the Beach is named after the Beach Boys song, and was originally meant to be an all male version of a 60s girl group.
Pasty Cline started with the album art, a visual pun on Patsy Cline drawn by Carly Jean Andrews (her talents surpass belief, http://carlyjeanandrews.tumblr.com/), who also happens to be the subject of the featured Girls on the Beach track as well as the opening track of the Pasty Cline album.
thanks guys, read some other interviews from the upcoming album below: