By Dustin Wilson
Somehow in the wave of chill that swept our summer here in NYC, delivering sonic loops and euphoric beats that made you want, well, sigh along with the music. But out of that there is always another birth - the anti-chill, perhaps -something that wasn't necessarily loud or brash but fun.
Crazy Pills dove head first into the fray playing their first show at the beginning of summer, and have only been gaining momentum by gracing the stage with their lo-fi rockabilly that's gotten crowds off stools and on to their feet. Now it's fall and they're lining up shows all through the winter months and planning to release an EP soon.
DKW: Have you guys been playing long together?
Amanda: Bexx and I connected through this random coincidence -she'd originally tried to recruit me for an all-ladies Dead Milkmen band. We've technically known each other since May, or less in Steph's case.
Becca.: We played together for about a month and then started auditioning bass players. We tried out a couple and then Stephanie came in and really clicked with us. It helped that she was wearing cowboy boots and plays a big fretless bass.
DKW: are you guys looking for a record label, or working with anyone else right now?
Becca : We are currently unsigned.
Amanda : We're thinking of a cassette release, but we shall see how that unfolds. My day job is completely unrelated, but Bexx has a cool thing going with her writing.
Becca : I've recently begun writing for Tom Tom Magazine, which is a magazine about female drummers.
DKW: Your shows are really fun and energetic, lots of dancing.
Stephanie : We always have a game plan going in but the beauty of a live show is there are no rules. It's our job to make sure everyone has an awesome time so things can change depending on what the crowd is vibing on a given night.
Amanda : Exactly. Some bands are more focused on recording - and that's something coming up for us, for sure... but I think I can say that we love doing shows and connecting with the audience, the three of us joking around and doing our thing. I hate going to a show where the band looks bored to be there. So, by gum, if nobody else is having fun, we make sure that we are!
DKW: How do you think you're perceived in the NYC scene of music, especially in Brooklyn?
Becca : We have a fresh sound and look and everyone loves a female power trio!
Stephanie : I agree with Becca... who doesn't love a girl group?!
DKW: Do you write songs together or is it someone individually?
Amanda : Depends on the song. Sometimes I bring a song to the table and the girls develop their parts and when we mash it all together, it gets all magical and you have a Crazy Pills song. Or we rock out and the end product eclipses the sum of its parts, and you have another Crazy Pills song.
DKW: You guys are all over the board with your songs. How do you guys write?
Amanda : Um, life and cats. We have some really, really deep themes, clearly.
DKW: Has your sound changed as you started playing music together?
Stephanie : Everyone brings something different to the sound and as we continue to work together our sound evolves. We are always challenging each other to step outside our norms and grow as musicians. The more we grow individually the more the sound of the band gets refined.
DKW: You guys seem like to evoke a certain sound that a lot of other bands
right now don't have.
Amanda : Our tastes are so diverse so I can only speak for myself. For Crazy Pills songs, I guess I've been inspired by the B-52s, Pretenders, Cramps, the Stones. We like bands that get you on the dance floor or have this certain swagger or attitude in the music or lyrics. So there's a lot in the mix there.
Becca : A mix of garage, power pop, and rockabilly.
Amanda: I'd say rock as an umbrella term.
Take out your rock umbrellas, 'cuz it's raining Crazy Pills this fall.