Brooklyn’s Starlight Girls first hit our ears with their track Inhibitionist — a psychedelic, lo-fi, rock, surf-esque single taken from the band’s forthcoming LP. With such an eclectic mix of nuances displayed in the song, it’s clear that Starlight Girls’ influences are varied from the musical backgrounds of the five members. The overall genre the band defines themselves as is the mysterious label of “spy rock”. In our recent interview with Starlight Girls, we discuss their debut album, the grit and intense influence of Brooklyn, and what spy rock really means.
AMBY: Hello Starlight Girls, welcome to AMBY. What’s the band been up to lately?
Starlight Girls: Gracias for having us! We’re getting ready to go on tour to Texas and back, and we’re working with our rad new drummer Steph Barker.
AMBY: I’ve noticed that your genre is defined as “Spy Rock” and have come across many articles wondering what that is exactly. Care to share?
Starlight Girls: It’s literally rock music for spies. We don’t even release our music. Our last two EPs got leaked when a fourteen year old in Russia hacked an NSA data center with an Xbox.
AMBY: You are releasing a debut LP later this year! Looking forward to the release; how would you describe the feel of the album?
Starlight Girls: This album feels like when you’ve been swimming all afternoon then you go inside and put on dry underwear.
AMBY: While creating the record, what was your ultimate goal?
Starlight Girls: With this album, we sincerely hope to solve all our problems and heal the earth.
AMBY: When will your debut album be released and what will it be titled?
Starlight Girls: We imagine the album will be leaked this summer. The title is secret!
AMBY: What’s the story behind your surf-rock single Inhibitionist?
Starlight Girls: CB wrote the bones of it with former musical collaborators Joe Yoga and M. Leona Godin at a time when some friends were being harassed by a Riddler-esque internet stalker. Starlight Girls fleshed the song out and self-produced the track. The drums were recorded at the Fort Brooklyn by the late great Jim Bentley a few days before he passed away.
AMBY: Does being a Brooklyn-based band have an influence on your music? And if so, how?
Starlight Girls: Brooklyn probably contributes to the grit, the intensity, and the struggle in our music.
AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?
Starlight Girls: No fracking.
AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?
Starlight Girls: Savages, Mac Demarco, Metronomy, Yoko Ono, James Blake, Subtrkt, Purity Ring, Divine Fits, Tame Impala, Local Natives, Dim Dam Dom (in 432 Hz).
AMBY: What has you excited for 2014?
Starlight Girls: We have a new van! And we’re touring Europe this summer.
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about Starlight Girls that nobody knows yet?
Starlight Girls: We kind of saw it coming.
Thank you Starlight Girls, for giving us your answers!
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