|jem would be proud
Nancy Chow - October 11, 2011
In early April, a cover of the
Starlight Girls’ “Gossip” by psych-folk songstress Joanna Newsom,
complete with impish vocals and bright, vivacious harp plucks,
mysteriously surfaced. But there was something slightly off in the
recording. Newsom’s voice was a little too sweet and controlled. It was
later revealed that the cover was an April Fools’ prank, but not before
a few blogs were deceived. This "scandal" certainly garnered a flood of
attention to one of New York’s best-kept musical secrets, which denied
any involvement in the odd hoax.
It is important to note that — scandal or no scandal — Starlight Girls
create devilishly charming ‘60s-influenced pop music that is definitely
cover-worthy. From the swaggering, perky organ-like synths to the
candy-coated hooks, “Gossip” is a testament of pop perfection that
doesn’t need to rely on the rumor mill to grab people’s attention. †
There are some boys in the band. How did they get in there?!
Part of joining the band included signing a contract that stated they
would both receive sex changes. We're a new band, so they're early in
Are you big Jem fans? Who is your favorite, Hologram or
Big, but not too big. Kimber is the best Hologram for starting that
t.A.T.u.-esque duo with Stormer. Laura is the best Starlight Girl she
plays guitar and hallucinates.
About this Joanna Newsom scandal, did you ever find out who
was behind the cover? Have you thought about covering the cover of
Gosh, we don't know! We're hoping Bjork covers the cover.
How would you describe your live shows? Do you project Lisa
Frank images like in your video for “Gossip”?
Bitchin’! As for projections, we're currently in litigation with Lisa
Frank and can't talk about it.
What do you do to get that really groovy vintage sound? Was
that something you all worked towards or it was a natural progression?
Tell me about this new song you are releasing.
This is a track from our upcoming EP that's way different from our last
release. It's called "Flutterby." It's going up soon as a free download
Will you be releasing an EP or a LP in the near future?
Yes, we're releasing a five-song EP this summer. We're also putting out
a mixtape with some remixes we've done as well as a couple of "groovy"
b-side tracks from the EP sessions.
" Kimber is the best Hologram for starting that t.A.T.u.-esque duo with Stormer. Laura is the best Starlight Girl she plays guitar and hallucinates. "
Dreamy hyper-colored ‘60s-influenced pop for those who like: The Mamas & the Papas, Elvis Costello and... Austin Power movies' soundtracks!