MEB writer/photographer recently caught up with Indie-pop twin sister duo, Good Graeff to talk about their new EP, Good Job Go!, the untimely death of their tour van, Roosevelt, and more.
MEB: Good Graeff has a touring van that you named Roosevelt. How is it holding up and do you have any crazy stories about touring with the van?
GG: Our van Eleanor Roosevelt unfortunately has gotten past the point of repair. It was really hard saying goodbye because she has been such an important part of our band. At the same time, it’s kind of like we are growing up, she was slow and becoming a little impractical.
A story: the first time we ever left for tour it was a three month haul we booked ourselves with no tour experience whatsoever. The van was finished the day we had to go and coincidentally our departure coincided with the arrival of a tropical storm. We had never even driven the van, and we quickly learned that every window joint leaked from the weight of the added camper topper. As if a leaky van wasn’t enough our radiator was shot, so we were driving 30mph pulling over constantly because the engine kept overheating. That storm followed us all the way to Georgia. Everything inside the van was soaked- we even had mushrooms growing in the trunk from the moisture collected in the second hand carpets that covered the floor. Holy moly, did it smell just terrible. That was the most difficult four days of tour we’ve experienced to this date, thank goodness.
MEB: Do you remember the first show you played together?
The first show we played together was our high schools battle of the bands in 10th grade. We played total joke songs; I think we’ve come a long way [laughs].
MEB: Good Job Go is a really fun listen. Some of my personal favorites are “Peiky Peiky” and “Good Touch”. The whole EP is just feel good music. Did you guys set out to make an EP that sounds good when you listen to it and translates live as well? I can envision everyone dancing.
GG: We are always trying to make music that sounds good and make people happy and want to move around. It’s an important part of our live show to have energy and make people laugh and have as good a time as we’re having!
MEB: Recording the EP in California, did that influence the attitude of Good Job Go? The EP seems very in tune with the sunshine feeling of Cali.
GG: We are from the “Sunshine State”, so even if you locked us in a dark gloomy place in the bowels of Seattle we would have been able to bring the positive sunny vibes that we were able to harness for the EP.
MEB: Brittany, I love that there’s a cello incorporated into your songs. It definitely sets the band apart. Was there a particular reason why you liked the cello over the violin?
GG: I always tell people that my decision was anything but romantic. I started on violin in 3rd grade, and when you start on violin they make you stand the whole time. In orchestra I’d see all the cellos comfortably seated behind their cellos, and there I was, standing like a sucker. The next year I switched to cello.
MEB: Living in Vietnam and being apart of that environment, did it give you broader inspiration musically and lyrically?
GG: When we were living in Vietnam we were able to do things and share experiences with people that just don’t exist here. It’s difficult for an environment like that not influence the writing in one way or another.
MEB: You played festivals from SXSW to Summer Camp last year. What was your favorite festival to play and why?
GG: They are all so fun and each one is so different it’s super hard to say. Being a part of SXSW was cool because it feels like something every band should do at least once.
MEB:” I Want That” is garnishing some pretty good feedback. What are your plans to round out 2015?
GG:We plan to start demoing out some new songs we’ve been working on once we get home from this tour. We also have another national tour coming up in September.