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Interview with The Langley Sisters.
This week I interviewed Gita Langley of The Langley Sisters, a unique band of three sisters from the United Kingdom. The sisters, Gita, Rosie, and Edie, are a one-of-a-kind mixture of 1930's/40's/50's female vocal group and modern indie rock band. Each sister is a multi-instrumentalist, and each contributes to the classic vocal harmonies in every song they perform. Recently, they've announced an upcoming 7" record release with Velvet Blue Music. I'm eagerly looking forward to their American debut, and I think you will be too, once you've given them a little listen. Enjoy the interview, and don't forget to visit The Langley Sisters at the links below.
Brax: What's it like having three sisters in a band? Do you get along? Also, how did it come about that the three of you decided to make music together?
The Langley Sisters: Being in a band with your sisters is great. Of course we argue and we are less inclined to hold back if we are disputing something, but we’re pretty close and help each other out all the time.
We’ve always loved the sound of the sisters groups of the 30’s and 40’s, and when Edie (the youngest) moved down to join Rosie and I in London, we were finally all in the same place, mentally and physically, and the band began.
Brax: Being from the UK, how did you hook up with Velvet Blue Music? What project are you working on next?
The Langley Sisters: So, Jeff Cloud of Velvet Blue records approached us on MySpace. He's released some great records, stuff that he believes in that isn't necessarily mainstream or gonna make him a whole heap of money, and it was his idea to put out a limited edition 7" vinyl of our song 'Queen Bee.' We're really excited about its forthcoming release in November. As of December, we are going to get cracking on recording our album. Ed Harcourt and Jimmy Hogarth are co-producing and we're recording onto tape, just like the good ol' days. It produces such a warm sound that is perfect for our type of music.
Brax: What's the music scene like in the UK right now, and how do you feel your music is received there?
The Langley Sisters: To be honest, we don’t really pay much attention to the music scene in London. We’re creating our own scene in a way. Our music seems to strike a chord (’scuse the pun) with people and make them smile. I guess it could be the nostalgia our songs evoke.
Brax: Who was your favorite Dr. Who?
The Langley Sisters: Favourite Dr. Who? Our brother Bruno was in a couple of episodes of Dr. Who a few years ago. He had his brains sucked out which was delightful! Tom Baker had good hair I suppose. None of them are lookers are they? A friend of ours went on a date with David Tennant (the latest Dr.) and he has a weird... Sorry, too much information...
Brax: If you could time travel to any era of the past to perform your music, when would you choose, and why?
The Langley Sisters: You can’t beat the roaring twenties for the glamorous dresses and debauchery. That’s right up our street. We would perform at a secret drinking den for the likes of Elizabeth Ponsenby, Cecil Beaton and Evelyn Waugh. The place would be raging and everyone would be off their heads!
Brax: You have such a unique sound in today's musical landscape. In six words or less, create a new genre that describes your sound.
The Langley Sisters: Swampy sirens from the silver screen.
Brax: iPod, CD, Vinyl, or other? Why?
The Langley Sisters: Vinyl all the way – dusty, scratchy and magical.
Brax: Tell me about your best live show ever.
The Langley Sisters: Our best live show ever was at Glastonbury festival on the BBC Introducing Stage last year. We were practically the first band on. The rain stopped, the fog lifted and everyone started piling into our tent. There was a sea of smiles and people were dancing and copying our camp dance moves. Amazing!
Brax: Anti-matter or anti-gravity?
The Langley Sisters: "The gravitational interaction of antimatter with matter or antimatter has not been conclusively observed by physicists. While the overwhelming consensus among physicists is that antimatter will attract both matter and antimatter at the same rate that matter attracts matter (and antimatter), there is a strong desire to confirm this experimentally, given that consensus in science is but hypothesis open to falsification.
Antimatter's rarity and tendency to annihilate when brought into contact with matter makes its study a technically demanding task. Most methods for the creation of antimatter (specifically antihydrogen) result in high energy atoms unsuitable for gravity-related study. In recent years, the ATHENA and ATRAP consortia have successfully created low-energy antihydrogen, but observations have thus far been methodically limited to annihilation events that yield little-to-no gravitational data."
Brax: Any advice for others trying to “make it” in music?
The Langley Sisters: Learn the viola – there’s a lot more work out there if you can read the tenor clef!
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Check back next Wednesday for another exciting band interview.