Hailing from Seal Beach, California comes psychedelic fuzz-pop duo Melissa Brooks (comprised of Melissa Brooks & Ryan Frailich). Melissa Brooks released their exploding dream-pop, psychedelic surf-rock EP Stoked On You back in June, and are releasing an LP this winter. To find out more about the band, AMBY caught up with Melissa to chat about grrrl power, mermaids, influences, their kick ass fans, and superheroes! We’re stoked on Melissa Brooks, and know you will be too…
AMBY: Hi Melissa Brooks! Thanks for having a chat with AMBY, what have you been up to lately?
Melissa Brooks: Chillin and killin, enjoying the summertime, and being creative. Also getting inspired by Animal Collective’s live shows.
AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
Melissa Brooks: We decided to call it Psychedelic Surf Punk.
AMBY: You have just released your EP, Stoked On You. Which tracks are your favourites?
Melissa Brooks: Don’t Mean Jack, Our Love Will Always Remain, So High, and Cool Cat.
AMBY: What’s the story behind your infectious song Don’t Mean Jack?
Melissa Brooks: It’s a story about a guy trying to get back with a girl but she doesn’t care because she doesn’t need a man to feel complete. Grrrl power, basically.
AMBY: What would a movie based on the band be called?
Melissa Brooks: Mermaids featuring Winona Rider with Cher!
AMBY: Which three of your influences would you love to hang out with for a day?
Melissa Brooks: Christopher Owens from Girls, Bethany Consentino from Best Coast, and Gwen Stefani from No Doubt.
AMBY: You have some very cool merch available at your online store. Do you design a lot of it yourselves?
Melissa Brooks: Most of our merch is designed by our kick ass fans, but everything is handmade by us with love.
AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you at a gig?
Melissa Brooks: Watching kids crowd surf and go crazy!
AMBY: What is your song of the year so far?
Melissa Brooks: Colleen Green – You’re So Cool
AMBY: What has you excited for the rest of 2013?
Melissa Brooks: Making a bunch of new music, constantly reinventing ourselves, and our debut full-length album “Stoked On You” dropping on Burger Records in the winter.
AMBY: If you were superhero what would your name be?
Melissa Brooks: Aquadoll! I can breathe underwater and fight crime!
AMBY: And last but never least, what’s something about Melissa Brooks that nobody knows?
Melissa Brooks: We are all actually mermaids.
Thank you Melissa Brooks, for giving us your answers!