Dublin girl-band SEPTEMBER GIRLS describe themselves as "sounds from a transistor radio abandoned in a rural cinema", reviews describe them as what The Bangles would sound like had they been produced by the Mary Chain’s Reid brothers, and their recent tour-mates The Cribs describe them as "badass, pop perfection". Needless to say, I'm smitten.
The five-piece - Sarah Grimes [drums], Lauren Kerchner [vocals and keys], Jessie Ward [vocals and guitar], Caoimhe Derwin [vocals and guitar] and Paula Cullen [vocals and lead bass] - are currently recording their debut album, and if more sixties influenced Wall Of Sound jams with noise-pop sensibilities is what we can look forward to, then it ought to be compulsory for all Lotto winners henceforth to donate to a plane ticket fund for September Girls to come to New Zealand [and quit their day-jobs and dedicate themselves solely to their true calling in life].
"...playing music is my own little selfish escape... I do it because it's something I love to do while hanging out with my best mates."
COUP DE MAIN: Who or what, are your main songwriting influences and inspirations?
SEPTEMBER GIRLS - PAULA: We are influenced by 60s girl groups as well as 80s and 90s bands. We are all big fans of the Spector Wall Of Sound, as well as bands like My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus and Mary Chain.
CDM: For those that haven't heard your music before, how would you describe it?
PAULA: "A 'Girls In The Garage' aware take on Spector's Wall Of Sound". Or "like we recorded inside someone's lawnmower". We've been described as both of the above. I guess our sound sits somewhere between both of those descriptions.
CDM: What do you hope for people to take away from listening to your music?
JESSIE: It's funny, I've never thought about that before, because in a way, playing music is my own little selfish escape... I do it because it's something I love to do while hanging out with my best mates. If other people out there like what we're doing, it's a little surprise bonus.
CDM: What was running through your mind while you were writing your new single 'Green Eyed'?
CAOIMHE: I started with the chorus because I was obsessed with a song called 'Look In My Diary" by a sixties girl-group called Reparata and the Delrons. I really like the style of the piano at the start of the song, and that inspired me to write the call and response style chorus - the lyrics are like a conversation with myself. I was in a bad relationship, and I was going crazy because I couldn't talk about the things I was going through, so I just put it all in the song.
CDM: Lyrically, what's your favourite song that you've ever written and why?
JESSIE: This is an impossible question for us to answer as we don't have one central songwriter, we all contribute to the songs and lyrics. In the same sense, we don't have one lead-singer but instead share lead-duties. You can tell who has written a particular song as generally they would sing lead for that song as everyone tends to write with their own style and vocal range.
CDM: Do you have a favourite song to play live?
PAULA: I really enjoy playing a song called 'Man Chats', it's mostly instrumental apart from a few "aaaahs", so I don't have to worry about forgetting to sing.
CDM: Do you have any plans yet to release a new EP or album?
PAULA: We plan to record an album in the new year, we are writing a lot of new songs at the moment, because although we probably have enough songs for an album right now, I don't think we would be happy to include all those songs. After Christmas, we are going to take a break from playing live for a while and try to get all these new ones finished off and recorded.
CDM: Who are your top five favourite girl-bands of all time?
PAULA: The Ronettes, The Shangri-Las, The Bangles, The Pandoras... do The Breeders count?
CDM: What are your five favourite things in the whole wide world and why?
JESSIE: Anything made with chipotle chilies... because it reminds me of home.
PAULA: Rice. Because it reminds me of home.
SARAH: My Mother, 'cuz she's the best.
CAOIMHE: Cats, because they are awesome.
LAUREN: Inter-species friendships - cutest thing ever. Warms the heart.
CDM: A friendship-crush is someone that you have no romantic interest in whatsoever, but just really wish that you were best friends with them. Who would be your top five friendship-crushes, living or dead?
PAULA: Jesus H Christ.
JESSIE: Jean-Luc Godard.
CAOIMHE: George Harrison.
LAUREN: Joel McHale.
CDM: What's next for September Girls?
PAULA: We have a few more gigs booked before the end of the year, then I guess it's concentrating on writing and getting our album recorded.
CDM: Can we hope that you'll visit us in New Zealand one day?
JESSIE: Of course we'd all love to come to New Zealand. I'd imagine it's actually quite a bit like Ireland there... just on a much larger scale. I've been a fan of some of the Flying Nun acts such as The Clean & The Verlaines for a while, making it an appealing place to play music. Unfortunately since Ireland and New Zealand are on the opposite sides of the planet, and we all have shitty day jobs, it might be a while before we make the journey... unless we win the lotto or something.
SEPTEMBER GIRLS' 'Wanting More' EP is out now. Click HERE to purchase via Bandcamp.
Watch September Girls' 'Hells Bells' music video below...
Watch out-takes and highlights from CDM Issue #6 interviews below...