Tuesday, August 23, 2011

an interview.

so you might recall my many raves about my sister's band, elephant shortcut. while it's awesome they're coming out with an ep on itunes and everything, it is more awesome that i agreed to interview them.
fine, maybe not. but it will be super awesome when they are super famous.

georgina. you are answering the questions. mitchell is not. explain.
mitchell has spent the last two weeks diligently working on finishing up our ep in las vegas, while i have been in virginia promoting our music. we be a team. mitchell finally got back to va today, and is now fast asleep dreaming of beautiful lyrics that are going to make you laugh-cry in the near future. so i have taken the responsibility of responding to your questions. no worries though, mitchell said i could do this one without him.

well, welcome. elephant shortcut. that is your name. i need to know. where did it come from and what does it mean?
it’s really deep for us. one time, we were both riding these elephants, and we were lost in the jungle. so we decided we would take a shortcut to get the heck out of there. and who knew?! it led us right back to our friendly group of tourists, deep in the heart of africa.
oh wait. . .that was a dream i had. next question.

your ep album is called paper birds. hence the paper birds on your album art. did you fold those yourselves? if not, who did?
when mitchell came up with the brilliant idea of having paper cranes somewhere on our cover, i was ecstatic. the only problem was we needed 50 cranes to be in st. george that next day, and we were in las vegas, busy recording. so i called up my dear friend kylie and asked her to make us some birds. she said no. but she did note that our childhood friend was expert at making them. so one phone call later, kisha kwan was making 50 birds in under an hour. that’s impressive. all shapes and sizes too.
did you catch the answer in there? kisha kwan. kisha kwan made those paper birds.

go kisha kwan. so what inspires your lyrics?
this is a deep and intense question. answer?
love. every kind.

all you need is love. love is all you need. the beatles said that once.
what’s your favorite song from the ep? you have to choose. have. to.

what an odious question (please note reference to the best movie ever, the fall).
let’s be real for a second. if you go on youtube and watch our “mother’s day concert” series, you will find that before almost every song, mitchell says “this is my favourite song”.
we really love them all. and i don’t have to choose just one. because you are my sister. . . does that make this less legitimate? maybe. i don’t care.

i will let that non-answer slide. just this time though. never again.
if you could collaborate with any artist/band, who would it be?

i would choose my all-time favourite band, tegan & sara. i went through some serious phases with those twins. from my purple hair phase to my ‘i refuse to eat anything but burritos’ phase - they were there, quietly performing the soundtrack of my life.
i can pretty confidently say that mitchell would love to collaborate with the format. he loves them, and for good reason. you can hear a lot of their influence in the songs mitchell writes. truly a great group, lyrically and musically. sadly, the format no longer exists. . i mean they’re alive, but their music is not.

oh the format. may they hypothetically rest in peace. in not-so-melancholic news, the killers are alive and well. what is your favorite killers song? this is important.
jenny was a friend of mine. oh wait. i love all these things that i’ve done too. i remember listening to the (illegally) burnt cd of hot fuss in my (your) walkman (phillips) over and over when i was in grade school. but then you became really obsessed with them, and i thought to myself “girl, ahlin deserves them, let it go”. enter tegan & sara.

i am very sure that was your thought process and i appreciate that. the killers ftw.
describe band practice.


again with avoiding the questions. such behavior is not ok.
anything you’d like to say to your super hot awesome fans?

the only reason mitchell and i are in the position we are in today, is because of the support we’ve had from the people around us. the first time we performed was really just a fluke, but it turned out to be the greatest thing of our lives. our families have backed us every step of the way, and our fans are unbelievable. we feel so much love from them, and have worked hard to make an ep that we feel everyone can enjoy. so even if you’re remotely fond of us, share the love. spread the word. tell everyone how great it is to take an elephant shortcut (i am aware you are all still unclear about what this means..sorry).
sweet. well thanks for answering my super important questions gina, i appreciate it and i know the fans do too. to help spread the love and learn more about elephant shortcut, be sure to
like them on facebook
follow them on twitter
check out their blog
watch them on youtube
good luck elephant shortcut. and fans, thanks for your love and support!
don't forget to check out their ep on itunes, available this week!


Arrington's said...

This was the best thing I have ever read in the history of reading. I laughed I cried I re-read passages over and over. Elephant shortcut you rock my world!

Emma Checketts said...


Emma Checketts said...

oh and ps, I love the new name :)

Lula. said...

Loved it.. both the interviewer, and interviewee.