What piece of art changed your life? How did it affect you?
Christina B (Lead Vocals, Keys):
Seeing Olympia by Manet in a book inspired me to use one of my airline employee flight vouchers to go to Paris and see the painting. Then I got stuck in Paris because as a flight attendant, I could only fly standby, and the Tour de France was that week and most planes overbooked. I got in trouble with work, and soon I left the airline without notice and moved to New York City.
Karys Rhea (Drums):
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (both the play AND the film)…a story that has solidified a certain life philosophy I will always espouse
Tysen Arveson (Bass):
Pretty much everything Chris Cunningham. I watched "Rubber Johnny."
Sara Mundy (Keys, Backup Vocals):
1. Hearing the pit orchestra at my first Broadway show.
2. I decided then and there I was going to practice everyday, move to New York City, and be a performer/musician.
Shaw Walters (Guitars):
Weirdly enough, Pokemon. I played the Game Boy game religiously and ended up joining a newsgroup/chat room called AGNP. This guy named Kei, we started talking about music on AIM quite a bit. He got me into Modest Mouse, Pixies, Velvet Underground, My Bloody Valentine, and stuff. I think I was 14. I think I listened to the Modest Mouse song "Dramamine" 200 times before I decided to get a guitar and learn the riff. It's funny that obsessing over having the best Pokemon unwittingly led me into the indie music community and kinda defined the track of my life up to now.
I got hooked on The Starlight Girls after hearing their infectious new single, "7x3." A brilliant piece of art-y pop, it exudes a noir-ish medodicism that plays well after dark, and it turns out the tune was mixed by Baltimore's own Mat Leffler-Schulman (of Mobtown Studios). Tomorrow night, the Brooklyn quintet plays The Crown, a favorite after-dark watering hole. It should be a great combination.
[photo: Starlight Girls Facebook]