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Interview: Teenagersintokyo – Email Interview – 01/06/10

Jen finds out a little more about the band that have nothing to do with Tokyo

Today I bring you an interview with TEENAGERSINTOKYO. This quirky fem enthused collective have burst onto the scene, headlining the launch of The Great Escape, selling out venues across the UK, bagging support from the likes of Zane Lowe, XFM and the NME; and most recently topping the Hype Machine chart with The Horrors remix of ‘Peter Pan’. Their sound is really fresh and distinctive, with elements of dance, pop and vigour. I like them and I think you will too. Check out what lead singer Sam had to say.

HTF – Hit The Floor
TT – Teenagersintokyo (obviously, it would have been bad to properly abbreviate, as it would have been TIT.)
HTF – Please introduce Teenagersintokyo.
TT – We are a London based, Sydney born five piece. We are Samantha Lim (vocals), Miska Mandic (Synths), Linda Marigliano (Bass), Sophie McGinn (Guitar) and Rudy Udovich (Drums).

HTF – Which 3 words best describe your musical style?
TT – Dark dance floor pop
HTF – That’s 4, but we will let it slide.

HTF – What’s the story behind the name?
TT – It’s not a terribly exciting story. It was a phrase we read somewhere and it just stuck. Kinda rolls off the tongue.

HTF – Rudy, what does it feel like being the only guy in the band? Do you get forced into girly activities?
TIT – (Rudy): It’s no different to being in a band full of guys because the girls generally do manly activities anyway.
TIT – (Linda): Yeah, like pumping iron.

HTF – If you had to sing someone else’s song on Radio 1’s live lounge, what would it be and why?
TIT – We’ve been covering Hall & Oates “Maneater” recently, which was a bit of a risk because it’s such a great pop song. It’s fun to do live cause everyone gets into it and sings along.

HTF – Amazing choice. Daryl Hall & John Oates are one of the greatest duos of all time, in my humble opinion.

HTF – You recently DJ’d at the opening of the new Topshop in Knightsbridge which is wicked, how important is fashion to you as a band?
TIT – Fashion isn’t really important to us per se. For us it’s more about how you express yourself through style. Style should be a natural thing, an extension of your personality and not something laboured over too much. Don’t think about it too much and just have fun with it.

HTF – On your Twitter bio it says you eat a lot. If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your lives what would it be?
TIT – We like to play hypotheticals in the tour van so this has come up before. Linda said cucumbers, Sophie chose chicken and vegetable pies, Rudy picked crispy BBQ duck, Miska’s choice was chinese cabbage sauteed in vinegar sauce with a side of lightly pan fried vegetarian dumplings from Sydney’s Noodle King at Burlington centre. I’m (Samantha) going with a Salmon teriyaki bento box with miso, sashimi, sushi and seaweed salad. Bento boxes are my favourite because you get the best of both worlds.

HTF – Where and when is your next gig?
TIT – We’re in the bus right now on our way to Bristol. We’ve not been there before so not sure what to expect.

HTF – Any news you want to share with us?
TIT – Our debut album “Sacrifice” came out on Monday. It was also our one year anniversary of our move to London, the end of the lease on band house and my dad’s birthday.

HTF – Happy Birthday, Dad x.

Interviewer: Jen Jaconelli.

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