Coming of Age on the Westside: Good Graeff Talks Tour, Tracking and Twinning.
With more than six months of LA living behind them, the band find themselves with an enthusiastic and ever-expanding fan base who are all awaiting the release of the band’s upcoming EP, “Good Job Go”.
Currently on a cross country tour supporting Mates of State, indie-pop duo Good Graeff (aka twin sisters Brooke and Brit Graeff) have proven the doubters to be nothing but that when the sisters announced their decision to move to Los Angeles earlier this year.
“We wanted to live in a place where exciting things happen and people are always moving forward,” said Brooke, who’s responsible for guitar and lead vocals while Brit plays cello.
Now, with more than six months of LA living behind them, the band find themselves with an enthusiastic and ever-expanding fan base who are all awaiting the release of the band’s upcoming EP, “Good Job Go”.
Speaking from their tour bus “Roosevelt” (after Eleanor: “Do one thing every day that scares you.”) while enroute to a gig in Kentucky, the sisters were in a buoyant mood with a successful Kickstarter campaign behind them and a slew of solo shows to look forward to.
Not that they have a problem being a supporting act.
“It will be great to go out as a headliner,” said Brooke, “But as the support band, we’ve been playing in front of up to 500 people.
“So far the crowds have been awesome and super receptive. We’ve come a long way since we played Growler’s Pub,” she said laughing at the memories.
But a headlining gig on July 17 at the Crowbar in Ybor City is probably the most important stop on the tour, as the evening signals the official launch of “Good Job Go”.
“Oh, my gosh, as players we’ve progressed so much,” said Brit. “We have more direction now and this EP is a step forward for us as musicians and writers.”
Brooke describes their writing process as one that keeps the crowd’s tastes very much at the forefront.
“We like to write for people who like to jump around and dance,” she explained. “Our songs are pop orientated and radio friendly.”
“We’re much more focused and won’t be led down any path apart from our own,” she added.
Recorded in LA, “Good Job Go” was a revelation to the sisters as they had access to a far more professional ensemble of support players than they had before.
“It was just so cool to have the input of people who are very good musicians,” explained Brit. “We would explain to them what we wanted to achieve, they would figure it out and we would have something that had our flair. They knew what we were looking for and they did it.”
But the recording process was a far from leisurely affair as the duo were on tight budgets and even tighter deadlines.
“Even though we had lots of demos to choose from, we only had four days to record five songs,” explained Brooke. “We had a great studio and the best engineers and producers, but we all had to get our heads down and work hard.”
“Nobody suggested going for lunch,” added Brit. “There was no time for that.”
The sisters also have no time for sibling rivalry or arguments that can easily derail any professional partnership.
“We’ve been playing music together since we were 15 years old at Riverview High School,” said Brooke. “We may have normal sibling disagreements, but we approach Good Graeff as colleagues. There’s no silent treatment.”
“We live together, we tour together,” added Brit, “We separate the personal and the professional. If we want to be successful, we have to ignore all the personal stuff.”
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