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INTERVIEW: Dark Garage / Art Rockers, Rich Girls

Hi Luisa, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Gobsmacked at Brexit. You?

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “New Bag”?

It’s a song about letting go, embracing endings, knowing when to stop trying. Bit of a fuck you disguised as a pop ditty. Can I say that in VENTS?

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I was going through a rough patch but I didn’t want to be maudlin about it. So I tried a pop approach to writing, which helped.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We shot a DIY video for the demo version of the song recently: https://youtu.be/j3U9fFwdXBc

Basically snuck into a posh capital investments firm on a Sunday morning. That’s our drummer Gavin looking sharp in the window. It’s good if you like air guitar and air snare.

The single comes off your new album Love Is The Dealer – what’s the story behind the title?

It was a response to the Roxy Music song, Love is the Drug. I think a lot about different forms of compulsion and how you shake them or don’t. And what happens if love is also the dealer. Then what.

How was the recording and writing process?

I’m always chasing a specific sound so I write everything first and then demo it in GarageBand before taking it to the band. I wrote New Bag really quickly and it was fully recorded in the studio before it was ever really played live. My favorite part is the snare way up in the mix.

Does NYC plays a role in your music?

It does now! Rich Girls started as a solo project in London and then grew into a live band when I moved back to the west coast. When I moved to NYC this fall, I was worried about having to start over and break into a whole new scene. But we played Color Me Bushwick recently and it was awesome. It felt like finding our tribe.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

All Rich Girls songs are about the same thing. I’ve been circling this protracted metaphor about love/addiction/compulsion/ from the start. But mostly I love garage and the underground and writing music is just about keeping the flame. It’s like being the nightwatch.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes and I can’t wait. We’re working on September tour dates. Watch this space.

What else is happening next in Rich Girls’ world?

We have NYC shows coming up in August, the EP comes out in September and we have a new song called It’s Aliive that I’m dying to record. It’s about ISIS. So maybe a new theme there.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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