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Starlight Girls
jem would be proud
by: 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 the process.

Are you big Jem fans? Who is your favorite, Hologram or Starlight Girl?

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 “Gossip”?

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?

Plug-ins.

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 at starlightgirls.net.

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. "




Starlight Girls
"Gossip"




what it is

Dreamy hyper-colored ‘60s-influenced pop for those who like: The Mamas & the Papas, Elvis Costello and... Austin Power movies' soundtracks!



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