Interview with The Casket Girls’ Phaedra Green | By Jones V
The Casket Girls unveiled their third full-length LP, The Night Machines, via Graveface Records on June 3. Together with label figurehead Ryan Graveface, the mysterious Savannah, Ga. sisters, Phaedra and Elsa Green, delivered their most realized release yet and headed out on tour with Stardeath and White Dwarfs.
What made you to decide to form the band in the first place? How did you meet Ryan Graveface and the other people involved in the latest album, The Night Machines?
We met Ryan Graveface, who is the owner of Graveface Records, at the park in Savannah, Ga. He liked our vibe and approached us to be in a band that he had been conceptualizing called The Casket Girls; we would be the girls, obviously.
Did you and your sister Elsa grow up in a home with much musical influences?
We didn’t have a lot of musical influences growing up, but we shared a record player and listened to music quite a bit. We learned to make up songs and melodies that way.
How would you describe your sound? Does the band name in one way or another connect to the characteristics of your music?
A reviewer recently described our sound as “supernatural.” Ryan had the idea for the band name before he met us. It references the “Casquette Girls” from turn of the century New Orleans history. The band name connects, I think, to the esoteric nature of the lyrics. We ruminate a lot on life and death and the before and after.
You have a new full-length album out. What was it like working on the new release?
We had the best time on this record, better than any of the ones before. After several years of releases and touring we’ve really come into our own as a band and as collaborators. I think this is our most realized record to date.
What are your influences?
Our influences are ESP, lucid dreaming, stream of consciousness writing, poetry, and near-death experiences.
How do your songs evolve from ideas to songs?
Ryan sends us music and we sing along to it, always recording our first listen. We have found that is where the purest inspiration and connection between the music and melody occur. Then, we sift through those and compose the melodies. Then, we consult our journals and writings to piece together the lyrics to complete the work.
What are the differences for you when it comes to performing live compared to recording in the studio?
We take the songwriting and recording very seriously. For the live show, we like to have a little fun to balance that out; it is a little David Lynch meets Bob Fosse.