Infinity Girl chats "Harm", touring plans and Boston music scene!

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I know like you guys were just talking about, you live in New York now but you were based in Boston. You formed in Boston. You’ve been doing this band for a while, the three things you must have with you while on the road to survive?

Nolan: Waterproof pants.

Waterproof pants?

Nolan: No, I don’t know.

Mitch: Do you own waterproof pants?

Nolan: These are waterproof. Do you mean like practical things? Like our instruments.

Sebastian: Sweater, definitely a sweater. You never know. Even in the depth of summer, you never know.

Mitch: A good hat. A good tour hat.

Sebastian: You don’t own a hat.

Nolan: I’ve never seen you wear a hat.

Mitch: I do wear a hat. I have a tour hat.

Nolan: Oh okay well we haven’t been on tour in a while. You need a neck pillow. Mitch’s neck pillow, definitely.

Mitch: I change my answer. Neck pillow is the most important thing.

Sebastien: Ear plugs!

Nolan: Oh ear plugs for sure. Sorry we’re giving more than three. Ear plugs, neck pillow and Seb’s sweater. For the band.

Sebastien: Final answer.

Then like I said, “Harm” came out about a week ago and it’s on Topshelf. Maybe how did singing to Topshelf kind of come about? The label has been doing really well lately.

Nolan: Yes! We sent them the record when we finished it like forever ago and not really expecting to hear back. Then they wrote an email a couple days later just saying that they loved it and it was like one of the best things that had ever been sent and things like that. We were like really? It was pretty cool.

Mitch: They said it was one of the best unsolicited things that they had received.

Sebastian: Because we were doing that. We were sending it to labels despite seeing on all their sort of FAQ pages that like we’ll listen but we rarely respond to it (unsolicited). We were like fuck it, let’s do it anyway. They really liked it and we after talking to them for a while we really liked them so it just worked out.

And you kind of talked about how this record is something that has been done for a year and I know the last record came out in 2012. How long was this one really in the making?

Nolan: Probably about a year from start to finish. Like around when Kyle and I moved to New York in the fall of 2013 is kind of when we really started writing and talking about it a lot. Then by August of the next year, it was mastered.

Sebastien: There was kind of a break in between there where we released the EP towards the end of 2012. Right, that’s when it was?

Nolan: Yeah.

Sebastien: Then I was overseas for a year and then Mitch had moved to Brooklyn already and they were still playing shows with a friend of ours on drums but it was like a bit of a hiatus. Then when we were kind of all back in the country was when things really picked up in the end of 2013/beginning of 2014.

And for the writing for this record, do you feel it still changed or maybe if you’re writing now do you feel it’s still changing? Does one person bring each idea or is it more collective?

Nolan: Kyle and I do most of the main writing of the bare songs. We’ll bring it to the band and work it out altogether once we usually have something that’s close to being done. Then we kind of work out the details with everyone. Sometimes they’ll change in big ways but most of the time, they stay as we’ve kind of written them. Just little things change when we bring it to the band. And it’s staying like that. We’re working on new stuff now and it’s kind of for the most part like that.

Then I wanted to ask you, like I said you guys moved to New York and maybe as of late in Boston, TT’s is closed after being around for a long time. Church just announced it yesterday that they’re going to stop doing live music. Two venues in a few weeks closing and a lot of bands are making that move to New York then it’s picking up and going well. Maybe advice to Boston bands to kind of keep at it? Like keep at playing shows and making new music despite things in the city declining a bit?

Sebastien: I think we’re all a little out of touch with Boston now that we’ve been gone for a few years. I don’t think people should move out of Boston. I think that they should stay for that very reason that these places are shutting down and stuff. At least when we were here, there was a pretty vibrant DIY scene. Especially around here in Allston. I know a lot of those places have been shut down by the 5-O but I guess my advice would be to like keep opening them up again. Not just for the scene here but for bands passing through and stuff too. We’re in the middle of booking this tour right now and we’ve had a lot of trouble booking in Boston which is strange for us because it was our home for so long. It was like alright Great Scott’s full, O’Briens is full. Fuck do we do now because we’re sort of out of touch with what’s happening in the DIY community. I hope it’s still alive and if not, revive it.

Mitch: Boston has such a vibrant music scene too. I think that that’s one thing that I always loved about this city is that although it’s concentrated and it’s a bit smaller with only a handful of really great venues. The quality of bands that keep the standard is really high. It’s always very inspiring. It’s a lot different in New York. There’s way more bands and you hear a lot of music that you don’t really like. There are a lot of very good bands too but there’s just been something that’s remained inspiring about this city. Music sort of is born here. It has really great bands and we’re still in touch with them. Best friends with a lot of the bands that we were playing with back in 2012. Tonight we’re playing with New Highway Hymnal who we must have played with dozens of times. Because of that quality, it’s still bands that we want to be in constant contact with because the scene’s so great here. I want to make it clear that we moved to Brooklyn for like our own life reasons mostly. Not to go make it big.

Sebastien: Yeah not to go make it big.

Nolan: For professional reasons.

Sebastien: Professional life reasons whatever. They had all gone to school here. They were kind of over it or whatever. Wanted to do something else. I had finished a job here and wanted to try something else too. It wasn’t like we’re leaving because this scene sucks and we’re going to a place that’s better. Like nothing to do with that.

Nolan: But I think we’re all happy that we could continue there as well but it wasn’t the main reason.

Then maybe a little softer one for you. The first CD or first cassette you can remember buying as a kid and the first concert you ever went to?

Nolan: Both of them are Weird Al for me.

Kyle: Really?

Nolan: Yeah.

Sebastien: My first cassette was probably the Space Jam soundtrack then my first CD was probably “The Black Album” Metallica so you could see how my tastes progressed from the heyday of tapes to the heyday of CD’s. My first concert was Joe Santorini.

Mitch: I think my dad gave me ‘Nevermind’ on CD. That was one of the first things I remember being my first physical compact disc.

Sebastien: Cool dad.

Mitch: Yeah, cool dad. I don’t remember the cassette. I remember vividly having the first Smashmouth cassette. You know the one with walking on the sun. The one with that song on it. I had that one. I don’t know if that was my first but that’s the only one I can think of.

Nolan: Isn’t that kind of late in their career?

He got it like two years ago.

Nolan: Isn’t that the Shrek soundtrack? Did that come out on tape?

Mitch: No that was later. I’m talking about the deep cuts. The early Smashmouth.

Sebastien: Yeah that was a Monkees cover they did.

Nolan: Before they were cool?

Mitch: Before they weren’t cool.

Sebastien: Kyle’s really young so he probably doesn’t know what cassettes are.

Kyle: Yeah my first cassette was, well I bought the NYSNC album. Probably their first album. The one where they did a bunch of songs on Disney and I thought that was cool. I recorded it to a cassette so we could play it in my mom’s car and that was really cool.

Sebastien: So they were both the same?

Kyle: It was the same album but I think I like fucked it up because I think side B was part of side A again or something. Or maybe they just all sounded the same. But then like the first CD that I bought with my money was the Weezer Green album. What was the other question, the first band I saw or concert? The first concert was Ben Folds. I forget who else was the opener. I don’t know if it was cool but that’s what it was.

Mitch: The first concert I went to was Alanis Morisette. It was tight. It was a good concert. Did you say your first concert?

Sebastien: Yeah, Joe Santorini!

Mitch: Sorry how old were you?

Sebastien: Seven, six. Let’s probe this more.

Then maybe to end it off, you played Shea Stadium. You’re playing here tonight. I know you have a show, at least one that’s announced, at the end of the month. I’m sure you have a lot of shows worked out or being worked out like the tour. What’s kind of coming up for Infinity Girl? Are you just going to be playing a lot?

Sebastien: Yeah in terms of shows, yeah we’re booking a lot in September. Then October, around CMJ and stuff. Then a tour in November for like two weeks. Do we have the next record done?

Nolan: We’re working on it. We’re already underway for the next record. As long as Topshelf doesn’t drop us or even if they do.

Sebastien: These guys put together a bunch of demo’s that are being sent like back and forth. Sending notes, sending ideas. Hopefully this album release craziness will cool down and we can start working on moving into the rehearsal space. We are making new songs. We already started playing one of them live. Probably not tonight.

Mitch: They’re a little less “Harm”-ful then “Harm”.

Sebastien: You should expect it to sound a little less “Harm”-y. More “Harm”-less. I think that means that Nolan and Kyle are in better moods these days or something. Making some lighter music. Happier music.

Nolan: But we still got a long way to go before it comes out. Who knows? I might get really depressed. Scrap it all. Reverse it. Things could go down. We’ll see!

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