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It’s no secret that Dublin is a refugium for new and up-and-coming Irish talent. Meet Wunderbra, here an ambitious three-piece Irish girl band, consisting of Sally Stapleton, Rachel Noble and Julia Mahon, who claim to make “titillating fun electro pop.” The Siren chatted with the girls about developing their sound and what the future holds.
“It started off as an attempt to make funny pop-electro music. We wanted to make synth pop but what happened was more synth-pop-hip-hop, which was a surprise to us, it came out of nowhere!.. We didn’t realize we were ‘hip-hoppy’ until our second gig and saw that we actually rap a lot. That will tell you how engrossed we were in the project, we never really sat back and said ‘what is this!?’” The girls are laughing, “It started as something fun and funny for us to do and we just thought it was hilarious… Then people heard the songs and they really liked them.”
“I don’t know what we were expecting… It kind of felt like a joke, like a bit of a mess with these hyper girls having a laugh. It’s a surprise to us it’s turned into a proper band.” It’s not surprising the trio’s music has been so well-received. The music Wunderbra make is pure concentrated euphoric energy. Rachel explains, “The reception has always been really positive…The whole idea is that it’s kind of party pop. We wanted to play the club scene, you know when it’s 2am and everyone needs a pick-me-up. We’re that pick-me-up.”
Rachel describes how the band’s sound was initially cultivated, “We met up every week for months and months and developed this sound… It was a concept album in the sense that it was three girls who look at bras in a funny and interesting way… we would get excited about ideas, explore them, develop them, then scrap or record them.” Echoing forward from years gone by, Sally explains how she “ had a certain sound in mind with the drums.” Continuing, “I wanted to use old sequencers and stuff to make the music sound older because electronic drums wouldn’t sound that modern. We use old synth from the 90s and get second hand equipment which helps make that sound.” The band seem to have matured from their paronomasiac days. “The writing’s become different now. Before we would write songs as we recorded it… which is why it took us so long. Now we’re jamming and practicing… we’re going to build up the electronics and make a different sound.”
The girls have no false hopes, talking about the adversity faced by new artists in these deflated times, “We have to work, we have to go to college, it’s hard to find time to record but we do…I think that people have realized that it’s not going to be easy [with] money. They’re trying harder… We don’t really make any money so it’s not something we really think about!.. It’d be nice to be making a living out of this, preferably playing gigs. I don’t know if that’s going to be harder in Ireland or not.”
Wherever the girls end up, it looks like they’ve caught the music bug: “When you do it [perform] for the first time it just gets better and better.”
Download there free EP here: http://toastofficerecords.bandcamp.com/album/wunderbra
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