BOXVIOLET "HOLIDAY"

LIVE AND UNPLUGGED FROM JUST OFF OF OLVERA STREET... WITH A HORSE NAMED KELLY

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Well folks, we always knew it was only a matter of time before someone shut us down while trying to film one of our performances. This was that week. While setting up to shoot this week’s featured band boxViolet on Olvera Street this past Saturday, security stopped by and politely urged us to leave before we were ticketed by the police. It certainly didn’t help that there was a huge festival going on at the time so security was already tighter than usual. My only regret is that I wasn’t filming at the time so I could share it with you (though I did add a snippet of the audio I did happen to capture over the intro to this week's performance).

Listening to boxViolet for the first time, you can’t help but wonder if this is what it would sound like if Gwen Stafani was in Garbage. Upon subsequent listens though, you quickly realize that pairing would probably never sound quite this good. boxViolet’s music is fresher than anything Garbage has been able to produce since their debut, and Margot’s doing something Gwen stopped doing years ago... singing. I’m quite surprised they haven’t yet been discovered by the rest of the world.

Go to their myspace page now and check out the rest of their music to see just what I’m talking about. Highlights include: “Portable”, “Punding” and “Holiday”.

Here’s what Margot, Luke & Sean of boxViolet had to say about their sound, their performance co-star and their favorite Easter candy:

GORILLACOUSTIC: What does the world need to know about boxViolet?

LUKE: True. The world does need to know about boxViolet.

GA: Your music is quite lush and extremely well produced. Can you tell me a little about your writing process and how that translates in the studio?

SEAN: That’s all Luke.

LUKE: Well, I write in the studio--in a small room in this particular studio... www.comp-ny.com, actually. There really isn't much separation between the writing of the song and the recording. A lot of the time large sections of the demo become parts of the final mix.

MARGOT: Some of the embryonic ideas are Luke's, while some are mine, so we fight little battles over which babies are worth nursing. Thus, we have accumulated a long list of pieces that didn't work out at the time they were conceived. This isn't always a death sentence, though, as we have, on occasion, drawn from this well of vintage sources to create "new" material. The process of delivering each song is unique; sometimes we need to marinate, and other times there is a flash flood of musical figures. Once the outline has been sketched, however, each walks the same path. Luke does most of the recording, save the vocals, which are completed by a local engineer/producer we befriended a few years ago, John Silas Cranfield. His approach is impeccable and, added to what Luke has lovingly labored over, this is a recipe for the sensual yumminess we call our own.

GA: Who are some of the bands that have influenced your sound?

LUKE: You tell me.

MARGOT: In general, we have been influenced by everything that is global and guided by heart, and I, of course, owe what I am becoming to everyone who made the music that nurtured and inspired me. Delving into the sonic specifics, I would say it's similar to what we do in the creation of our personalities, as we pluck the best qualities from each parent to forge an identity of our own. We have a broad musical parentage and have assumed for ourselves, for instance, the artsy danceability of New Order, the abundant layers of Garbage, the quirky genius of the Smiths, and the myriad charms of countless others. From this genetic blend, our sound emerges.

GA: I really dig your take on The Beatles "A Day in the Life" (it’s the one marked “Karma Day Pedestal” on their myspace player). Any other classic songs you'd love to tackle?

SEAN: We do that???

MARGOT: I'm not crazy about covers because, as is often the case in the film arena, the original is usually the best. That said, I could be easily convinced to sing some of my personal faves like Lulu's "To Sir, With Love," Edith Piaf's "La Vie en Rose," or Doris Day's "It's Magic." We've also been known to take requests. Our recent rendition of "You Are My Sunshine" is an example of that.

GA: In honor of Kelly, your equine costar, name your favorite movie or TV horse?

SEAN: Ever see Equus?

LUKE: Sam from Blazing Saddles.

GA: If you could do another gorillacoustic performance anywhere else in the world, where would you do it?

MARGOT: At Moulin de la Galette in Paris. The windmill sorely misses the music and the dancing and the people.

SEAN: In a boxcar full of trainhoppers.

LUKE: Christina Ricci’s bedroom.

GA: Chocolate bunnies or marshmallow peeps?

MARGOT: Organic raw cacao bunnies sweetened with superfood powders like maca, mesquite, and lucuma. Mmm.

SEAN: Neither. I like peanut butter cups.

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