The arty LA all-girl band are back with a new self-titled album this year, and judging by their lead-off single ‘Love Is To Die’they’re going to be a fixture on everyone’s Spotify this year.
Stella Mozgawa, whose atmospheric drum parts punctuate the band’s doomy-yet-beautiful, new-wave indie rock, isn’t the first drummer. “They’ve had several,” she laughs. “The Spinal Tap thing has been thrown around a few times. I think that’s hilarious, that I’m going to spontaneously combust! We’d met a few times, and last year they were getting a bit of interest, but the drummer was a friend filling in. There was no signing my name in blood, it was just, ‘Do you want to make this record with us?’”
Of the band’s sound since their breakthrough debut album //The Fool//, Stella revealed to Rhythm, “It was like, we’re not gonna have the basic rock’n’roll drum sound. On ‘Undertow’, I used mallets: I love that sound. ‘Shadows’ is my favourite: it was really enjoyable to labour over that, cutting up different drum parts. We blended drum machines with live and had a few funny set-ups, like putting a Ludwig Keystone Badge kick on a keyboard stand as an extra tom.”
Drumstool misogynists take note: this woman knows her stuff. “When I started drumming, it was annoying,” she sighs. “I’d be setting up and there’d be a sound guy giving me s**t, rolling his eyes. But I stopped worrying about it a while ago!”