Broken Girls From Affluent Backgrounds are gearing up to release an EP on Friday and have a current single already available. Travis and Chris took the time to sit down and answer questions for the Lowdown a few weeks ago and here is what they had to say!
(Make sure to scroll all the way down for links and more information about the band!)
ABOUT THE BAND:
1. How did you come together as a band?
Travis – I started humming along with the radio before I said my first words as a child. Always fascinated with music, I began begging my mom for a guitar around 10 years old. She finally relented around my 14th birthday. I started playing as a solo act, playing coffee shops and bars as an acoustic opener for from high school on into college. That’s when I met Chris, through a mutual friend of ours… a drummer that I haven’t seen in a decade.
2 Both of you name up to 3 influences on your instrument (or voice) and a short “why”
Travis – Firstly – Frank Zappa… He not only played guitar unlike anything I’d ever heard, he could orchestrate entire albums with a frivolous precision. Secondly – John Frusciante… His work with the chili peppers will forever be overshadowed by his solo contributions. He bends what it means to compose while revealing tender fragments of himself through poignant acoustic arrangements and tearing his own heart out with blistering guitar licks and oddly beautiful cacophony. Lastly – David Marin… A tornado I met in the music programs I attended… a brilliantly driven, singularly devoted to craftsmanship, his belief in exercising will over your self-improvement has inspired me… even at my lowest points.
Chris-I’ll have to agree with Trav on those but I’d also like to add Dave Knudsen from minus the bear and botch. Totally blew my mind when I first heard him. At that point, compound time signatures was a foreign concept to me and showed you could play lead with just straight shredding. I was heavily influenced by old smashing pumpkins. I loved the guitar and percussion work on Pisces and Gish. Mark Engels from dredg also blew my mind. Extremely dynamic musician, in writing, technique, and sound.
3. Tell me something about the band that no one knows…yet.
Travis – Without Chris… there never would have been a band. His insistence, his push – is why we got together to play tunes in the first place
4. Worst or most embarrassing on-stage occurrence for the band or one of you personally
Travis – I would say being in an up & coming prog-rock band in your 30s is embarrassing enough for me… That and being called Broken Girls from Affluent Backgrounds and walking out on stage – surly, hairy, shoegazers
Chris – I’m super paranoid about doing stupid shit, so I’m pretty meticulous about fail-safes and redundancy but one time I was in a rush and I forgot to run my cable through my strap and absolutely stepped on it and unplugged myself mid-set, But I don’t know if embarrassing is the right word for it.
5. Each of you has never met or you are starting over, and you can each start a band with ANY musician. Who is it?
Travis – Greg Edwards of Autolux and Failure Chris- Dino Campanella from dredg.
1. Each of you tell me your favorite song of all time
Travis – either the entirety of Happy Hollows by Cursive or Conjugal Burn by The Mars Volta
Chris– that’s rough, beware of darkness by George Harrison or maybe white mystery by minus the bear
2. What song do you wish you had written?
Travis – Death With Dignity by Sufjan Stevens
Chris – progress by the dear hunter
3. Now tell me your favorite song by a LOCAL band
Travis – Foal by Holy Fawn
1. Favorite place to play live, and why? That’s a tough one, we haven’t played many places but Rebel Lounge and Yucca Tap were Really
That’s a tough one, we haven’t played many places but Rebel Lounge and Yucca Tap were Really fun, but Rouge Bar has the best beers on tap!
2. Some bands are considered “live” bands. Do you feel you are better or on your recorded works?
Travis – I think we are fully realized on a record, the concepts and tones are more approachable but I love the idea of pulling off some of the odd time signatures and counter-intuitive guitar melodies live!
Chris– we’ve concentrated so much on writing and recording that when it came time to play this live we weren’t really sure how to go about it. But once we started playing these songs live it came so easy and natural.
3. Name 3 local bands that our readers need to see
Travis – Holy Fawn, Sun System, Panic Baby
4. Give me ONE word to describe the local music scene
Travis – Teeming
5. If you could change anything about the local scene, what would it be?
Travis – concentrate some of these talented people into incredible bands… instead of having a lot of people playing in a lot of bands where only some of them are polished. I play with a lot of bands that don’t seem to give a single fuck about what they’re doing on stage or with their music.
Chris- I’d love to see us work together more. Promotion wise, organizationally. We all show up to support each other but we need to bring people in from outside the scene.
FINAL THOUGHTS AND PROMOTION!
1. It’s now your time to shamelessly promote… What is coming up for you? List everything you can think of here.
Well, we’re going to have our ep “Aggregate” complete and available October 20th so that’s currently our main focus. We Finally have our first single, “ Bones” released and available on Spotify, iTunes, and all digital distro and Our next show coming up is October 15th at Rebel Lounge with Maybird and Break up Shoes, and Oct 27th w/New Chums, Danielle Durack, Luau, EL West & The Edisons
2. Final thoughts? Anything goes!
Art is the exercise of expressing lifetimes of emotion in 90-minute films, 3-minute songs, a single frame, a brush stroke… through this, we are all connected. People are so concerned with our weaknesses separating us, making absolutely certain we don’t belie our stoicism with honesty. I find we are all connected through strife, communal struggle, intertwined grief, and shame.