February 2nd, 2012 | By
Brooklyn-based electro-pop outfit Chairlift are currently touring the country supporting the recent release of their sophomore album Something - the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2008 debut Does You Inspire You. The group were first introduced to international listeners with the help of an iconic Apple iPod advertisement featuring breakout single ‘Bruises’ and have since developed a cult following for their synth-driven and darkly sporadic sound. Chairlift worked tirelessly throughout 2011 on their latest release with producer Dan Carey (Hot Chip, The Kills, M.I.A.) and have already received rave reviews from Pitchfork and support from triple j (Feature Album of the Week).
Front-woman Caroline Polachek was kind enough to take 3 Minutes and 52 Seconds with Mucho Bravado:
Who? Caroline Polachek / City you call home? New York City / Tea or coffee? Coffee, lots of it. / Best thing about what you do? Travelling / Favourite cafe anywhere? Le Goupil Le Fol in Brussels / Dream collaboration? Strawberry Switchblade / Can you tell a lot about a person by their bedclothes? If the lights are on / What about you? If i’m wearing bedclothes / What inspires you? Youtube / If not playing a gig where can we find you? Rehearsal / I’m buying drinks, what’s your poison? Makers Mark, ginger beer, wedge of lime. / Last movie you saw? Drive / Any good? YES / Best record right now? New Nite Jewel album, coming out in March / One song to guarantee a private car sing-along? “Juicy Fruit” by M’Tume / Favourite Beatle? John / Prince or MJ? MJ / One band – old or new – you’d murder to play for? Roxy Music / Favourite, quirky possession? Laptop. / Guilty pleasure of late? Eating everything served to me on an airplane. / There’s a mini, five-band festival at yours, who’s playing? Violens, Anika, Nite Jewel, Ice Choir, Geneva Jacuzzi. / Tell us one odd thing we don’t know? i detest the word quirky. / Lollies or chocolate? Chocolate. / You and the bf are breaking up, which one record do you fight for? Avalon by Roxy Music. / What’s on your rider? Chocolate. / Most diva-like demand recently? Amp set up in my hotel room so i can play synth. / Most embarrassing stage moment? Losing my glasses and being to blind to find them on stage. Oof. / The world’s ending, what do you do? Finish my Q&A / Favourite shower croon? “Silk & Honey” by Honey ltd / Who did you want to be when you grew up? Dorothy Hamill / Last thing you stole? A bananna from the hotel buffet 10 minutes ago / Favourite Cartoon character? Ren & Stimpy / Best Christmas present ever received as a child? A 90s Yamaha PSR. Still use it in Chairlift recordings. Thanks Mom! / Favourite place in the world that’s not home? London. / Song most likely to get you onto the dance floor? “Silent Morning” by Noel / Life changing record? Another Green World by Brian Eno / Love or lust? Love. / Favourite composition of your own of all time? “Amanaemonesia” / One apprehension about your album? Not enough cowbell. / The best thing about being you right now? Being two questions from the end. / What are you doing after answering these questions? Playing synth in my hotel room. / Famous last words? “Never explain and never complain”.
Chairlift’s hauntingly quirky and captivating new album Something is out now. The group play the Laneway festivals and a few resulting sideshows throughout January and February 2012.
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