One of the many perks of spending hours listening to music every day is the joy that I get when I listen to an album about ten times in a row and with each spin , I discover more that I like about that album. And that leads us to Flower Girl and my bad habit of trying to wrap a band around a reference point for me and Flower Girl would be this…Stones meet The Kinks meet Camper Van Beethoven and that,s about as good as it can get for me and if you don’t dig the cowbell , your as goofy as someone who says their undecided as to who to vote for President in just a few days. I digress, check out Flower Girl , this is a band that will guarantee a smile or two along the way , the music is way cool , I love the style and concept, smart stuff , I highly recommend that you give them a listen , and when thier new album comes out on the 11th tune back in to 50thirdand3rd and I’ll have the rest of it up for all of you.
Meet – Flower Girl
For those unfamiliar with your history, can you tell us you decided to give this whole music thing a shot?
We wanted money… So we started a wedding band called Flower Girl, played hundreds of weddings, made a ton of money, and this is our second shot at an album of original tunes. We’re a group of childhood friends with a deep love for each other and rock and roll. We were sitting at a pool in DC circa 2007, stoned and 17, and I said, “man, if only we could start a band!” Dave said, “Oh we can, and we WILL.” Dave and his brother Henry started a band called the Doozies. I went to college in California, met Scott, became best friends, and started a band called Sleepy Feet. Moved to NYC from California, teamed up with The Doozies and Sally and that’s when we decided to give the whole wedding band thing a shot!
Who would you list as your musical influence?
In our group chat, our bassist Sally [Rizzoli] summed it up: “The Kinks trying to impress Natural Child?” We guess to impress! We listen to a lot of old country and folk music, George Jones, Buck Owens, Hank. We all love Michael Hurley a lot, and I believe most of us are acolytes of the Silver Jews––on the steering wheel of my car, I wrote ‘Honk If You’re Lonely’ as a reminder to myself to not honk so much! And boy do we love the Stones! Henry went so far as to host a party at his house a little while ago–– it was a themed party where ‘Tumbling Dice’ played on repeat. That was it!
Whats the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?J
Definitely becoming friends and touring with bands and people we love and are inspired by––Milk Dick, Free Pizza, The Lemons, Tall Juan, Ben Katzman and the BUFU records crew, to name a few! It’s nice to feel a community of musicians outside of our tight-knit family style wedding band.
Who are some of your favorite artists from the past few years?
Sally: Johanna Gruesome, 75 dollar Bill, and Milk Dick
Scott: Milk Dick seconded, also The Lentils. Just listened to them and had a smile.
Henry: Young Thug
Do you see any real use for social media , or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
We’re all pretty new at it, wedding bands don’t really fuck with social media. But we’re in it to win it!
Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off.
So far we’ve been pretty lucky–– people have been really positive in the few reviews of our stuff –– though I think that might be a product of still being pretty much unknown… You’re gonna have to be a real jerk to rip on a young band of buds like ours! But we’re ready for the punches. Chumbawamba, baby. Someone in Italy just reviewed our new album––maybe the translation was a little faulty, but nonetheless, I think this guy is a poet: “in their hard you can hear every now and then Pete Yorn and the Winkies guitarist instead of a day in prison, caught ten years ending up in a mental hospital to strum with Barrett. This is enough to make you understand how much I liked this asshole hard.” Bellissimo!
If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go.
Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life.
As long as there’s plenty of cowbell, anything can happen!
Any last thoughts for your fans?
Tuck In Your Tie-Dye! If you have a tie-dye, that is. If you don’t, you proably won’t, and if you do, tell your crew! Thanks for the support!