Femme Generation is a hard band to describe. Indie-pop-rock-synth dance music is what we would say upon listening to their song "Semper Fi Little Guy". It's more complex than even that however, with listens to their entire catalog. With harmonies, chants and noises we don't even recognize, the music never stays at the same tempo or pace. They can slow it down just as fast as they speed it up. One thing is for sure though, their live performance is an amazing one. We've heard reports from the front lines of past shows, and you better be ready to dance when they close out our Movable Hype show tomorrow night.
Let's get this out of the way, where did your band name originate?
Bernard: In the far reaches of the outfield at Willowdale Middle School where the ball never dared to tread and all one could hear was the wind rushing past his ears in between distant yelps of the other kids having fun.
What is your favorite/least favorite memory involving New York?
Bernard: The time I covered up a pile of vomit with a paper plate to avoid the cut-eye from a homeless person probably qualifies for both.
Aaron: Watching Bernard cover up a pile of puke was my favorite. Least favorite was paying $50 dollars to park our van and trailer in a lot for 60 minutes.
What's your take on playing shows in New York City? If you could play at any venue here, which would it be (past, present...)?
Bernard: My take is that legendary venues have their place in history, but aside from a notch on the bedpost they never really fulfil the fantasy. I mean, if Mr. Peabody's time machine took me back to share CB's stage with Television or the Continental's with The Stooges, then who am I to resist that? But here and now I'll stick to Dr. McGuillicutty and a quick set on the roof of the Trump Tower. Fuck! Been done.
Is there a difference in the New York music scene from your own local scene?
Bernard: Street cars.
Now its time for some fill-in-the-blank action
“You know you’ve made it when…”
Bernard: Your mom stops begging you to try for med school.
Aaron: When it doesn't matter if you puke all over the front of your shirt in public.
“It’ll be time to pack up the gear for good when…”
Aaron: When Bernard does a duet with Lenny Kravitz.
“I’ll never forget the first time I…”
Aaron: Rode a bike. Good times were had.
“I’ll never forget the first time [insert another band member’s name here]…”
Bernard: John was knocked out cold by a flying synth.
Aaron: John went flying into the monitors and stopped breathing.
Let's have some fun with word association. Give me your immediate feelings on the following (if you’ve got no discernable feelings, make something up that won’t embarrass you in the morning)
A friend just informed me that Italy Won the world cup.
Aaron: Naked Pregnant statue.
Bernard: Non-sequitur, 6.2
Aaron: Old Mcdonald.
Aaron: I love blogs for the simple fact that i can spend hours reading about someones boring life and walk away with nothing at all. It's kind of like the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy.
Bernard:The natural order of free market capitalism where responsibility for people, their relationship to geography, social interaction, and quality of life is superseded by the interests of the individual who presumably lives in a limitless vacuum of financial potential, happy as a pig in shit with the windows rolled up, the blinders down, and a direct course set straight for the sun.
A few quickies on the music tip
What's the most played song on your iPod (or an equivalent music playing device) in the past week?
Bernard: iPods are for people who hate music. Lately I've been pining for Nick Cave to release No More Shall We Part on wax cylinder. A boy can dream.
Who would be in your ultimate music supergroup, your all-star Special Olympic team of rock?
Aaron:Corky Thatcher x5
If you released a 7” what would you put on the cover?
Aaron: Something deep...something profound... I'm thinking of railway tracks fading into the distance. You know, like, that way you're thinking, like, who rode these tracks and, like, where were they going? Does anyone ever go anywhere, like, really? Or is this all a giant facade? Was Olive Oil ever tied to these tracks? Did she make it away ok? Eazy-Mother-Fucking-E's face would have to be in there somewhere; probably in the clouds looking down on us letting us know everythings going to be O.K, ya know? Like I said..deep profound shit. That's us.
What was the first/last album you bought on the day it was released?
Aaron: first/last: Def Leppard's Hysteria.
If Josh Schwartz, creator of the OC, asked your band to perform on his tv show (as Modest Mouse, the Killers Tom Vek and the Walkmen have) would you?
Bernard:Of course! Then again, if all my friends jumped off a bridge I probably would too (sorry mom).
And finally...What came first, the music or the misery?
John Cusack. Followed by some very miserable music.