Girls and Boys: Why I Rock
The seven member ensemble known as Girls and Boys is a pop music melting pot. Their lyrics directly and indirectly reference great pop touchstones; their music fuses the big back beat of Motown with the shimmering guitars and keys of power pop. Terah Thompson and Adria Heimburger sing sunny harmonies and sultry kiss-offs backed by a band of boys: Ben Patton, Brian Fuzzell, Jim O’Shea, Joe Baine Colvert, and Mike Styles. Joe suggests that the band is like a “Lambchop you can dance to.” All The Rage corralled five of the seven for a chat that attempted to sum up the septet.
HOW DID THE CONCEPT FOR THE BAND COME ABOUT?
JOE: Originally, it was a zeitgeist thing. Luke Schneider [from Lylas] and I separately had this idea of something being really influenced by Motown. We also saw the Standing in the Shadows of Motown movie, myself and Ben and Mike. I guess in my head that was kind of the genesis of it.
BEN: Yeah, we kinda wanted to do like Motown/Phil Spector kind of thing but with more modern lyrics. We just thought it would be a cool thing to do. We didn’t see anyone else doing it. As we started playing, the sound evolved beyond a simple Motown thing. I think it evolved into something else. When people ask me what it sounds like, I say that we’re reinterpreting Motown in the wake of everything that’s happened in music since then.
WHAT’S WITH ALL THE POP REFERENCES IN YOUR LYRICS?
BEN: I like to put lots of proper nouns in the lyrics.
JOE: “Love Unexplainable” name checks F. Scott Fitzgerald, Beyonce and Billie Holiday.
BEN: I’m not afraid to borrow things. Rock music through the years is people borrowing from each other.
WHAT ARE THE IMMEDIATE PLANS FOR THE BAND?
JOE: We’re going to record some more. We’re going to take these three songs [from a recent session] and they’ll be online actually the day this article comes out. And then we’re going to add to these. Hopefully do an EP later in the fall. I’d love to play out of town more. It’s kind of hard with the seven people.
WERE THERE OTHER BAND NAMES THAT WERE REJECTED?
JOE: Friends and Lovers. That was the only one that got close.
HOW DID YOU SETTLE ON GIRLS AND BOYS [A REFERENCE TO THE BLUR SONG]?
BEN: When we first thought of it, we thought that *has* to be taken.
JOE: It was Adria’s idea wasn’t it?
BEN: It was Adria’s idea, but we just couldn’t believe that no one was using that as a band name.
ADRIA: The website was taken.
JOE: Yeah, don’t type in Girlsandboys.com–at least at work.
BEN: We wanted something that was not obtuse. We wanted something that wouldn’t sound pretentious and make people think we’re an indie band. We want to appeal to the masses.
Girls and Boys can be found at Girlsandboysmusic.com
[This piece appears in All The Rage.]