Old Lacy Bed are set to release their brand new EP "Little Girl" on 2670 Records out of Osaka, Japan on August 6th, 2014. This independent label is home to a limited roster of different groups from all around the world. From the sweet guitar pop of West London's Colour Me Wednesday to the grittier pop sounds of label mates Nights from Cleveland, Ohio, and to the solo efforts of Nights' lead singer Jenna Fournier (among others). Old Lacy Bed fits so well within the label's ethos, while also bringing their own brand of discordant and shimmery pop to us directly from Nagoya, Japan; a short destination that is a little over two hours away from the home-base of the label, itself.
Although Old Lacy Bed's english lyrics take turns at awkward moments, the measure and meaning of each sentiment remain on a true course - and what is 'true' pop music without meaning and sentiment? On light opener, "Little Girl," Meeko sings her favorite track about finding a childlike persona and being happy with the everyday (to make it great, and dream of 'light' things) while airy backing vocals, a bouncy bass, and an egg shaker all move to an open-pop beat. "Only Time Passes" and "Vivid" are two of the band's most dissonant pop tracks, weaving blissful high guitar notes in with Meeko's vocals and a darker sounding, and low rhythmic beat, while contrasting the darker moments with handclaps (Vivid) or in the climax of the driving melody (Only Time Passes) where Meeko's vocals practically have lift-off on the pre-chorus and chorus (it's a lovely mixture of dark to light here). The track "Coastlands" is by far our favorite, from its punchy-whistle opening all the way down to its unforgettable stuttered double-beat and 'Na-na-na-nahh' pop chorus. The understated, beautiful and almost plaintive track, "Take A Short Breath," (Old Lacy Bed's favorite track to play live) lets the album breath, and when closing track "Happy Happy Happy" comes in, it's like sunshine shimmering through curtains with its uptempo beat, while lyrics wish bittersweet ('a double dose of') happiness, loyalty, and love to an old friend that is moving on.
Little Girl Tracklisting:
01. Little Girl
02. Only Time Passes
05. Take a Short Breath
06. Happy Happy Happy
Members of Old Lacy Bed took turns answering emails and offering up more context to their humble beginnings as musicians, and then, together as a group; going on to discuss their videos and the excitement of making music and recording songs for their latest EP "Little Girl". Read more, below:
Girl About Town: Old Lacy Bed - what made you think of that name for your band, and what is the inspiration of your sound?
Meeko: The band name was meant to invoke an old lace bed and other nostalgic memories of a girl's childhood days. When we sound out the name, we take special consideration to the mood surrounding the sound. As for creating our songs, we get our inspiration from movies, books, other music, the arts, and basically anything that's creative. We think these things are indispensable when creating music.
What city do you each live in?
Meeko: Every band member lives in Nagoya. Nagoya has fewer indie bands of our genre than say Tokyo, or Osaka, so we hope to rock out even more with our music, even in Nagoya. Also, Nagoya has the world's largest Planetarium! It's always crowded, so I haven't even been once yet...ha ha!
Hitomi: Nagoya is right in the middle between Tokyo and Osaka. I went to both Tokyo and Nagoya to do live shows, it's a good place to go and see live performances!
Tell us about the band members (what instruments each of you play) and how did all of you meet?
Meeko: I sing in the band and I play guitar. When I was younger I studied piano, and in all levels at school I was in the brass band. My parents gave me an acoustic guitar for my 16th birthday, and I created an original song with it even though I didn't get a guitar's chord. The high school was by correspondence....I didn't even need to physically be there, so I started a band while working at a music store [and] every single day I was surrounded by music.
I started out going solo, but I wanted to do an all-girl band, so I began asking around in the university music circles and other fellow band members, and that's how I met the current members. Everyone is very individual, it's very interesting, we all get along really well!
Yumi: I play guitar and shakers (in Little Girl). When I wanted to perform in a band, an upperclassman in my college circle, Meeko, invited me into the band.
Nattsu: I play bass. I was introduced to the band by Yumi, and I became a member.
Hitomi: I play drums. I formed a band during college and there was an opportunity to perform together with Meeko in a live show and that was our first meeting.
How did the videos come about? Who directed them and came up with the story lines for the videos?
Meeko: The designer, Yuta Sekiyama, wanted to do that video, so he came to us with the idea and put it into action. He was the one who first discovered my music while I was still at the stage where I was just recording it at home and uploading it on the web, and he was the one who led me to become active in this band. He lives in Tokyo, so we planned out the video via Skype.
I got a whole bunch of cool ideas from him. For example, in “Little Girl” there's a scene where we all trample on glasses. When I first heard of that idea, I thought it was crazy! (smiles)
“Coastlands” was originally planned to be filmed at the beach, but it was raining on that day so we had to make extensive changes to the story. It turned out to be our best video we did, so we're glad everything worked out.
Hitomi: “Little Girl” was shot in a place called Meiji Mura and “Coastlands” was shot in a town called Osu in Nagoya. During the shooting of “Little Girl” it was so cold I thought it was going to snow, so I was shivering as we filmed. When we filmed “Coastlands” it was raining, my hair was messed up, it didn't go to plan... both of them were quite eventful. But, it is also good memories. Anyways, which member do you think was the rain bringer?!?
Where was the new album recorded, and who helped you to record it?
Meeko: We recorded our album at “Voxbox Studio” in our hometown. The reason that I had asked the sound engineer Fukai to do it [is that] he had done some recording for my previous band. We also referred to advice from Hajime of our label who also helped to conduct this recording.
What was your favorite thing about the recording process?
Meeko: I love the tension I feel when I play my guitar and do the vocals during a recording. What I am as a person up until that point is exposed for all to see, so that nervousness feels right, in fact.
Yumi: I like how when during the mixdown after the recording, all the members will discuss and decide upon the imagery of the completed song. We are usually very easygoing, but during that time the discussions become very serious and that is when I can feel their love for music!
Nattsu: It's the most exciting when during recordings, we each record from our instruments one by one, layer those sounds on top of each other, and make our music.
Hitomi: I always get anxious when we record (not being used to it), we bought heaps of candy before we went into the studio to record OLD LACY BED, I love creating a feeling of excitement like bootcamp. I play drums, so I finish my recording first, but, from then on as the music develops, I love that I can relax and watch that all go on.
Which song is your favorite song to play live? Why?
Meeko: I love to play “Little Girl” during live performances. I have a lot of emotional attachment to that song, so it means a lot to me, but it's also simple so I can be relaxed while playing it.
Yumi: I love to play “Take a Short Breath”. This one of the very few Japanese language songs our band has. It easy to follow the rhythm, and gives a happy feeling when it performed.
Nattsu: I love to play “Take a Short Breath,” too. I like how there's a combination of two guitar parts, and how the drums and the base are in perfect rhythm, so it feels really good playing those songs live.
Hitomi: It's “Little Girl”. When I joined as a support member of OLD LACY BED, it was the song I most liked when I heard the demo (at first I joined as a support member). It made the shooting of the video memorable, as usual I still like live performances the best.