Interviews

Good Graeff – “I Want That”

Indie-pop duo Good Graeff are preparing to take over your Summer mixtape. While the duo, comprised of twin sisters Brooke and Brit Graeff, have a new EP, Good Job Go, out July 7th, they have released a new video for the insanely catchy “I Want That” to help tide us over.

The Graeff’s, who are currently on tour with Mates of State, graciously took some time to answer a few questions for us about their musical family, their musical influences, and the filming for the “I Want That” music video.

Good Graeff is quickly becoming one of my new favorite bands. I can’t wait to see what’s next.

I’m always intrigued by bands made up of family members – there’s a certain quality of the music that’s very hard to define, and just doesn’t exist elsewhere. Do you come from a musical family? Or are you two the outliers?
We are not the musical outliers. Just looking at our immediate family: our Mom plays piano occasionally, and our brother (Mike) is an incredible musician, arguably better than we are. Our older sister (Tiffany) and Dad are not very musical, but they are extremely supportive.

When you first “got the band back together” did you always know what kind of music you were going to make? Did you bring different styles/influences to the process?
Brooke: I don’t think we had a very concise idea what direction we wanted to take things. We played what came natural, which started very folky slower stuff, into a Mumford And Sons kind of thing then, now its indie pop, that’s how just how we have changed as musicians from playing a lot more music.
Brit: I think from listening to different music growing up, and having different learning styles with our instruments, (Brooke learned guitar from punk music, I learn classically) we definitely brought different influences into the mix.

graeffBrooke (guitar/lead vocals) and Brit Graeff (cello/backup vocals)

Your new video for “I Want That” looked like a lot of fun to be a part of. Who came up with that concept, and was it difficult to pull off? (Those damn rogue frisbees…)
Brit: The rough concept for the video was us, but we developed the idea and brainstormed a lot with the director- Hali Gardella- a friend of ours from high school. We all knew we wanted to film something fun and quirky, because that’s who we are. We have to give a lot of credit to Hali because everything ran so smoothly, and it was SO much fun to shoot this video. Sometimes videos can be really stressful but working with her was so enjoyable that we just finished filming another video with her for “Good Touch” that will be coming out in a few weeks.
Brooke: The frisbee was arguably the hardest deed to film haha

While your tour got off to a rocky start, how have to first few shows been? Are there any particular cities you’re looking forward to visiting?
Tour has been a blast so far. We’re glad we got all the hard stuff out of the way early on! We’re really looking forward to playing the Bowery Ballroom (duh!) and our EP release show at the Crowbar in Ybor (July 17th), but also visiting places we’ve played several times and that have been real good to us.

Thanks Brooke and Brit!

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