Boston Guitar band Infinity Girl are here to fly the flag for US shoegaze after their move to Brooklyn for a big bite of the big apple.
3rd: Hello Infinity Girl! How's the NYC summer? You must have a hang out somewhere to hide from the sun?
Seb: I point a fan on high at my face and revel in the fact that it's not winter,
3rd: Tell us more about the band, the origins and what made you want to play together?
Nolan: We were all friends and living in Boston and one night Sebastian (drummer) and Mitch (bass player) came to an open mic where I played a few of my songs. They both thought it would sound really awesome with a loud band behind it, so I got my friend Kyle who I knew made awesome sounds with guitar in on it and it worked out pretty well.
3rd: Describe the sound in one sentence, then?
Seb: A butterfly caught between two hairdryers.
3rd: Let's talk about the first LP. It's shoegaze influenced by late 80's and 90's. Songs such as Blood And Dirt and Cellophane And Gold are very different to By Now, for instance. How do you explain this?
Nolan: This wasn’t really intentional but a lot of the songs on that album were written before the band started or in the very early days of the band, before we had established any kind of sound. Because of that the songs all just kind of sound like what I was listening to/how I was feeling that week without any regard to trying to make it cohesive or fit into a sound. That’s one of the reasons we decided to add instrumental tracks to that album. This was kind of a last minute addition that helped make the album more narrative and cohesive.
"We talked a lot about this album before doing much of the writing/learning of the songs to make sure we could all move in the same direction together".
3rd: Then arrives Just Like Lovers. Not My Hang is an absolute tune. Tell us more about the EP and this song in particular?
Kyle: Not My Hang was the first song I brought to the band. It started as an acoustic demo of me trying to sound like Elliott Smith and was barely three minutes long. When I brought it to practice I didn’t have any ideas for how it might translate to a full band. I think Seb suggested that we just get super loud and noisy at the end, and that made it more fun. It kinda fits with the other songs on that EP because they’re all a little poppy and have those open tunings.
3rd: Your new album Harm is due in August. Firehead sounds different to what we have heard so far. More pop orientated in a way. What direction did you take for this album?
Nolan: We talked a lot about this album before doing much of the writing/learning of the songs to make sure we could all move in the same direction together. One of the biggest things I kept pushing was, “no reverb or delay” and while those effects aren’t totally absent from this record, we didn’t indulgently pour them on everything like in some of our previous recordings. I wanted to see if we could make big-sounding guitar music without depending on those effects. And it might sound a little more pop but I think that has more to do with Kyle and me getting better at writing songs and being able to record with amazing gear this time with an incredible engineer. Shout out to James!
3rd: What made you want to play shoegaze music? It barely survived Britpop but it seems shoegaze is back in front these days. Is there a new band which led you into this musical direction?
Nolan: It wasn’t really a decision to play shoegaze music, it’s just kind of what I’m naturally drawn to. I’m a little shy and not much of a performer and am certainly not virtuosic on my instrument so the whole cliche “staring at your shoes” is just my m.o. I also do almost all of the mixing for our recordings and I constantly find myself turning down the vocals and turning up the guitars, partly because I’m a little embarrassed to hear my own voice and partly because I just like the way it sounds. And no, there’s not really a new shoegaze band that was influential on us, I’m kind of a snobby shoegaze purist and mostly listen to the classics.
Seb: We never necessarily wanted to play shoegaze music. Personally, describing what we sound like, I tend to use "shoegaze" out of laziness and as a term of convenience because it's thrown around so casually these days that people get the general vibe. That being said, here I am complaining about it while also clearly contributing to it so....
3rd: Have you seen Beautiful Noise, the documentary on shoegaze?
Kyle: I really want to see it, but I’ve heard it’s not a super well-done documentary. Regardless, I’m such a sucker for first hand accounts from those giants of the era I think I’d probably enjoy it.
3rd: Last question. And the third outing classic. What's your desert island drink?
Kyle: Gin and Tonics are always refreshing on a hot day. I think the quinine is supposed to help defend against malaria and the lime would be good for scurvy.
Seb: Bloody Mary. In this scenario, it sounds like I’d be drinking a whole lot of them, so they’d be great for getting over the hangovers from drinking them all day. That, or potable water.