Pyyramids Weekend Mix by The Hunger on Mixcloud
[DC]L[/DC] A twosome PYYRAMIDS - helmed by Tim Nordwind from indie rock band OK Go and Drea Smith of the electro-pop outfit He Say/She Say – have been making waves recently and will preview their new album at next month’s SXSW. We sit down for a chat and and blag a weekend mix from them.
EXPLAN THE SONGS ON THE MIX TO US – WHY ARE THEY SIGNIFICANT?
The songs on this mix are a combination of bands Tim and I instantly bonded over and women that have influenced me personally in my writing. Tim and I both love The Smiths, The Cure, Joy Division, Blur and The Pixies. I think you can hear that in the music we create together. I’ve also had quite an obsession with Luscious Jackson, Siouxsie Sioux, Hole, Debbie Harry and PJ Harvey since I picked up a pen in junior high. I’ve included some of my favourite songs by them as well. I’m definitely influenced by all those ladies.
HOW IS PYYRAMIDS A PROGRESSION MUSICALLY FROM YOUR PREVIOUS BANDS? WHY DID YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING NEW?
PYYRAMIDS is a project that Tim and I always wanted to do, but never knew until we met each other. We didn’t really have a plan when we started. We didn’t know what we wanted the music to sound like, necessarily. I think we both had it in us to create something a little darker and more vulnerable than what we had been making in the past, and in meeting each other we realized we wanted to do something new. It was a pretty natural progression.
WHAT WERE YOUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF EACH OTHER – WHAT DID YOU BOND OVER?
It’s funny because our first introduction to each other was through email. We had a mutual friend who I’d recently told I wanted to do a new project, because my band at the time (He Say She Say) was in the process of disbanding. She told me she had this friend from OK Go that she’d played my music to and that she’d introduce me to him. He emailed me a week or so later. Timothy Bordwind is a masterful writer of emails. I instantly thought he was a rad person. We traded off bands we loved, songs we were into, films, books etc. It was an instant friendship made better by the music we found we could make together.
YOUR VIDEO FOR ‘DON’T GO’ WAS DESCRIBED BY MTV AS ‘PERFECT’, WHO CAME UP WITH THE CONCEPT?
The video for ‘Don’t Go’ was a collaboration between us, director Ericka Clevenger and art director Javier Meza. We fell in love with young Miss Millie Sterkle, who was in our video for ‘That Ain’t Right’. She’s an amazing performer with great off beat timing and a wonderful imagination. We wanted to feature her again and real let her personality shine. The idea for the video was inspired by performances we had seen at the Bob Baker Marrionette Theater here in LA. All environments at Bob Baker are represented by scenes on beautiful curtains that come up and down during the show. I love how instantly magical and transported the theater feels when the curtains change to show a new environment. So, we decided to re-create that sort of feeling using fabrics we found in the garment district in downtown LA, to represent Millie’s whimsical imagination. We built a little set in Ericka’s garage and let Millie run wild in all these little mini psychedelic worlds.
YOU’VE SAID THAT ‘BRIGHTEST DARKEST DAY’ IS POP WITH A DARK EDGE – IS MUSIC TOO SAFE THESE DAYS?
I wouldn’t necessarily say music is too safe these days. That being said I do find myself listening to a lot of older music most of the time. There is some pretty amazing music being made right now, though – Tame Impala, Dum Dum Girls, Micachu and The Shapes are some of my favourites. I also love the music my good friends IO Echo and Kwes are making at the moment.
HOW DIFFICULT WAS IT TO MAKE THE ALBUM?
In all honesty, making this album was a dream. Working with Tim has been one of the best experiences I’ve had musically. All writer’s blocks are short lived and the two of us have great respect for each other’s opinions, so fall-outs never occurred. I’m looking forward to making the next one!
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU NEXT?
We have plans to put out more visuals to accompany the music from our album as well as touring both the US and UK.