Describing their music as a raw sound based on blues, garage rock and riot grrrl punk, Velvet Two Stripes are the sound of road warriors that had their unfair share of confrontations, encounters and contradictions that women are experiencing all day every day. The rock trio follow up their alluring blues-rock track ‘Fever’ with the mighty ‘Two To Tango’. The fiercely fun new track came as a result of a jam session and took the band just a matter of hours to put together.
Do you prefer performing live or recording, and why?
SARA: Both experiences are completely different. We love performing live because the energy of the audience gives you so much, especially now as the live concerts are slowly coming back again, you can feel the passion and the eagerness of the audience. On the other hand recording gives you a lot of opportunities to elaborate your songs, trying out new things and sometimes your songs get onto a whole different level. In the end, the best thing is when a song that was originally written in the studio gets its last touch ups live on stage.
What’s in store for you for the rest of the year?
SARA: We’re continually releasing new songs now. The whole Album is going to be released in October and we’re definitely looking forward to that! We also planned a small tour for the release. But generally, we’re just happy to be able to play live again and it’s great to see how things are slowly getting back to normal again.
If you could collaborate with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
FRANCA: I would love to do a jam session with Frank Zappa and perform live with him and his band. Also, to work with an orchestra conducted by Zappa would be a great experience for any musician. I think he is one of the most important and interesting musicians in recent history. Working with Zappa would be horizon-expanding, as you would be exposed to a myriad of musical styles and methods. His approach to writing and performing is unique and I think it’s necessary to really understand music as a phenomenon. Beyond the music, I’m convinced that he is almost kind of a doctrine that helps you deal with life in this crazy world. I actually think Zappa should be taught as a subject at school!
What’s the best advice you’d give to your younger self?
FRANCA: Have more confidence in what you are doing. Especially as a young woman, I often felt a bit inhibited with my ideas, maybe because I didn’t know so many female role models in rock music. Everyone I came into contact with when I started playing guitar and later bass was a man. That triggered the strange feeling that it was special, even weird, to be a girl listening to and playing rock music. That made me feel that there is even more pressure, even more eyes on you. I think it’s really important to believe in yourself to achieve the goals you set for yourself. For me, this is still true: As soon as I start feeling insecure about something, I tell myself, look at what you’ve already achieved. It’s all about confidence. I wish I’d realized that earlier. I hope that as a band we can serve as role models for female musicians and make it easier for them to get into rock music.
Tell MoggBlog viewers about your latest release! What’s the inspiration behind that?
SOPHIE: Our latest single release “Two to Tango” is all about having fun. It’s that moment you’re getting ready for a night out, dancing and swirling around in your apartment to your favorite music with a beer in your hand. It’s about this jittery feeling you get, hoping to see your crush at the bar. It’s really about this new relationship energy. The song is supposed to be fun and flirty and give you some good vibes after being locked up for such a long time. “Two to Tango” is quite the high energy song so it’s perfect to finally let off some steam and just have a good time.