Tonight’s the night. If you’re still in the dark, The Casket Girls are playing in a few hours @ Will’s Pub. There’s still time to get your tickets if you weren’t as lucky as Chris Woodyard, winner of the ticket contest. In preparation for the show, I was lucky enough to get to ask The Casket Girls a few questions. Stay tuned for another interview with The Stargazer Lilies. Enjoy.
“We would offer reconciliatory truce and suggest the formation of a super group called ‘Greene eggs and HAIM.'”
How was SXSW? Any crazy stories? Did you get to see any performances while in Texas?
“SXSW was yes, crazy. We actually only saw Graveface bands as our schedules were pretty tied up, but all the Graveface bands were of course, incredible. Creepoid and Haley Bonar were some highlights. We had an amazing time recording our Daytrotter session, and the shows were all pretty epic. Even the ones with terrible sound and no time to breathe… It’s all a part of the madness.”
(Phaedra and Elsa Greene) Growing up, were you always collaborating together? Was there ever a time when you were in different bands or listening to opposing styles of music?
“Yes, we have always collaborated to some extent on everything we do, as we seem to share a mind to some degree, however this is our first time playing music. We have of course “played” together tons growing up with vivid imaginations. Our taste has always been pretty similar, however I have always been in love with GNR, and Fay isn’t having it.”
(Phaedra and Elsa) Having come from the same backgrounds (presumably same parents, same hometown, same high schools), how do you think your personalities and what you took from those shared experiences differ?
“We are of the mind of nature over nurture, therefor our differences are inherent and come from within us.”
(Phaedra and Elsa) You wrote your last release in a non-traditional way (the girls wrote the entire album during an acid trip)? How do you think doing so changed your writing? Was there something dug up that inspired the lyrics?
We have been experimenting with automatic writing and using mostly images from our dreams writing journals. That has taught us that some of the most poignant ideas come from the subconscious mind, and even the collective unconsciousness.
(Phaedra and Elsa) What is the dynamic like when writing together? Do fights ever break out over lyrics and melodies, or is it harmonious?
“We never fight. We do nothing but embrace and nurture each other’s thoughts, as we almost consider them our own. We also practice using all ideas in some way, whether is be a back up part or harmony, it has a place in our world.”
(Ryan Graveface) How does your musical ideas, in-studio and touring, differ from Phaedra and Elsa’s? What does each party bring to the table?
“It differs because I write the music and the girls write the lyrics and vocal melodies. I think this is why we work so well together, as we are coming from completely different places, yet in the end everything makes psychic sense.”
(Phaedra and Elsa) How do you think you would do in a street fight against the Haim sisters?
“We are lovers, not fighters. We would offer reconciliatory truce and suggest the formation of a super group called “Greene eggs and HAIM.””