Interview: Goat Girl

Interview: Goat Girl

Amelia Bronger talks to drummer Goat Girl drummer Rosy Bones about recovering from injury and breaking America.

Earlier this year, the rise and rise of South London’s Goat Girl was put on hold when drummer Rosy Bones got into an argument with a cup of tea that resulted in some pretty nasty burns to her hand.

Now though, the Rough Trade-signed trio are back on track, with their eponymous debut album having been well received by critics and lapped up by fans.

How did the accident affect you?

I was a bit down in the dumps. It makes you think – maybe I should insure my limbs and then if I am permanently damaged I could get bionic arms or legs. 

How does Brighton’s music scene compare with London’s?

Brighton has friendly vibes. I’ve got a few friends that go to university in Brighton, so it’s always a nice trip out. Last year when I was there was for the Great Escape, I ended up staying a couple of days longer and it got really sunny and we had a little swim in the sea. But I had to sleep on the beach on the first night, which wasn’t very fun.

How does new music inspire you?

I think the bands that we see around us are inspiring; our friends’ bands are quite inspiring. We all listen to sort of similar types of music, but we all have very different inspirations as well. I’m really into classical music at the moment. So, I guess the eclectic music influence is important to how we play. I think we all play our instruments without any background noise or filling in the sound, we kind of all think each part is quite important to us personally and we play it as a separate thing, maybe we are all attention seeking.

You’ve recently been playing in the US, how did that compare to your shows in England?

It was really good. The reception was a lot better than expected and our New York show was sold out. How’s that possible? People were really nice and they didn’t wait five seconds to clap, which often happens in England. We really enjoyed it. My favourite venue was an outdoor one called Hotel Vegas [in Austin, Texas], which was really good. We had a great time – drank too much though.

I believe you got stranded in New York. What did you get up to?

It was quite good actually. I’d wanted to go home, but then we were all stuck so we did some fun things. We went to this great independent cinema that had just 20 seats. It was cute and just $5 entry.

We also went to the Dream House [a place dedicated to relaxing in an area full of over-stimulated, overextended New Yorkers], which was set up by minimalist composer La Monte Young. It’s a room full of drones and there are four speakers set at different frequencies, so when you tilt your head you hear something completely different. It was really good and I recommend it to anyone going to New York.

What do you get up to away from music?

I used to go to a chess club and I was trying to get really good at it, but I don’t think my brain is made for it. I do have a portable chess board that my mum bought for me that I take on tour.

I also like going for walks, going into Greenwich Park and going to the pub. There are lots of good bands around, so I enjoy going to gigs. There’s also a good scene of artists and musicians putting on exhibitions and putting on their own nights, which is nice.

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