Sunday, April 22, 2012

EXCLUSIVE! Puro Instinct INTV!

Cyndi Lauper said it best, "Girls just want to have fun," for two sisters Piper and Skylar Kaplan who entered the music world a handful of years ago under the name Pearl Harbor, they caught the attention of famous indie label Mexican Summer, changed their name to Puro Instinct and the rest is indie-pop history. The sisters gained a buzz last year after the release of their album, Headbangers in Ecstasy which showcased their raw, uninhabited shoegaze, psychedelic sound to the masses. The duo even gained the support of Aerial Pink's Haunted Graffiti House who asked them to tour with them and eventually working on a single together. After a massive 2011, the girls have been quiet in 2012, we spoke to Piper to find out what is happening with Puro Instinct now.

You went from being in the band Pearl Harbor and now doing Puro Instinct, how did the change come about?

We're still the same guys, man. Still puffing them leafz, still not loving police..

Being from LA does the city have an influence on your sound and style?

I think it might. I got back from a tour of Europe and Japan and I didn't really realize how much of a Bev Hillbilly I was until I left. I would say that if there's an era of L.A. that sort of infiltrates our vibe, it's probably like 1987-1993.. lots of dayglo goths, pastel punks and G'N'R cronies cruisin Hollywood, where we grew up. I was living in the thick of it, and I think all the people and music I encountered influenced me a lot at that age..

Since you are both sisters, does sibling rivalry get in the way of working sometimes?

Nope.. I'm pretty sure I'm too old to trifle with that sort of thing.
We have seen many bands work with their siblings then fall apart – Oasis, Black Crows, Spacehog. Does this ever worry you that maybe the statistics are pretty high for you to fall apart? Or does it not even matter and you just keep plugging along?

The statistics are pretty much always in favor of us falling apart. That's part of the thrill of being in this band! Who's Spacehog?

You were one of the break out bands from SXSW last year, what was that experience like?

I imagine that it's similar to what it'd be like to play your first show over and over again (crappy sound, weird venue), sometimes up to 20 times a day, except in Austin, and with more drunks and journo's in the audience.

 There is something very special and unique about your sound, who are some of your influences?

 Thanks! We love China Crisis, Rah Band, Al Diamond, Kino.. buncha stuff..

 Your debut, Headbangers in Ecstasy has gotten much praise and has people talking about you. The album serves up all your passion and love, what is it like to have all of this be respected and honored after working so hard on it?

Really? I don't know that it's happened quite like that, but I appreciate the possibility of playing these songs to whoever wants to hear them, you know? It's a special thing to be able to tour and share your ideas with people from around the world, and I really hope to be lucky enough to keep visiting these places and people with new stuff.

 What was it like working on your debut?

It was a blast. Kenny's a dream to work with. He's got a great ear and he's a wiz in the studio, which made my job pretty much as easy as it gets. Got to putz around with a lot of Kenny's gear which I'm looking forward to doing again sometime soon..

 How did the title of the album come about?

I probably had an epiphany watching Total Recall or something

The album is out on Mexican Summer, how did you link up with them?

My friend Matty tipped 'em off about Pearl Harbor and Keith from Mexican Summer hit me up to see if we'd like to release an EP with 'em. We were stoked.

You worked with Ariel Pink, what was that experience like?

It was great. He's like a brother to me, so it's pretty casual you know? Just plug in some keyboards and hammer away

Were do you you see this band in a year, especially after the 2011 you had?

Who knows? We're working on another record, and beyond that it's anybody's game.

 What has been the best thing about being in this band thus far?

Playing Tokyo! If we ever go to Moscow, it'll probably be a tie...