Sequin-Wearing, Beyoncé-Obsessed GANG Play Nice With Everyone
They've since recorded a couple of EPs and made some excellent videos, though Damron says they're perennially "too broke" to mount the kind of nonstop touring that could help them break through in a bigger way. But GANG's hoping that will change once they finish and release the debut full-length LP they're currently at work on at Milkboy Recording Studio in Philly. Formerly Larry Gold's world-famous The Studio --where Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, Justin Timberlake, R. Kelly, Tori Amos and The Roots came to lay down tracks -- it's by far the city's best recording facility. And it just so happens that GANG's Sonnefeld works there (a long-time Philly producer/engineer/mixer, he helped mix Usher's Grammy-winning Raymond v. Raymond, among other projects).
"Milkboy's kind of our little homebase, it's pretty awesome that we get to use that place," says Damron. Among the new tracks GANG's working on, which they'll unveil tonight, is a tribute to David Lynch that the band calls "D.L. I Love You" but will likely be titled "Love Sweet Love" when all's said and done.
"The song is about going on a journey with him spiritually," Damron explains. "We come to terms lyrically with the fact that we have to let something go, and he guides us into letting that thing go. There's more of an arc to this song because the verses are mellow and spoken and that's the journey--we speak the journey and then the chorus is a big GANG chorus with a whole bunch of harmonies, and then the bridge goes into an outer space crazy thrasher fantasy, it gets cray and then crazier and then you go down the rollercoaster and finish off on an even thing at the end." Damron stops to catch her breath. "I think it's gonna be pretty awesome."
There's a fittingly weird video planned, too, which GANG intends to shoot partially in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey and at a gay nightclub in Atlantic City that one of Damron's friends runs. "We have access to many drag queens and tranny impersonators, so it's gonna be rad."
And, she says, New York's going to be seeing a lot more of GANG in the very near future, mostly because the band feels like it may have hit a ceiling in Philadelphia. "I think as far as Philly goes, you can only go so far," she says. "There's not much of a music industry here. We can release all we want and play shows all we want and fill most of the rooms here, but I think now it's time to focus on getting it out there to other cities, especially New York. We slowed down for a minute because we're all 30 or older now and we all have day jobs, but now we're back and willing to grind it."
GANG perform tonight at Grand Victory with Violent Bullshit, Gazillion, and No TV. 7pm. $8.