Saturday, January 19, 2013

Dreaming of Silkies and Mini Dresses

Caufield Schnug and Lira Mondal can not be contained in one band, the Austin duo have duo. Both of which are innovative and refreshing garage rock experimental excursions.

Caufield Schnug and Lira Mondal founded Silkies by accident on an especially hot summer day in Austin, Texas. They had played in bands together before, but they were frustrated with their creative outcomes.  A week before the pair endeavored to move to Boston for their respective careers (Caufield pursues a Ph.D at Harvard and Lira works to become a chef), Caufield handed Lira his guitar and instructed her to play whatever came to mind while he sat at the drum kit. Five or ten minutes later, they wrote Like One, and Silkies was born. "Like One" has already received praise from a few (primarily UK based) blogs with MFM and CITR

Mini Dresses
Lira Mondal and Caufield Schnug other endeavor is Austin's Mini Dresses
Their three-song release, the Hot Sun 7”, is available through Manic Pop! Records and on Bandcamp for any price you care to name

Mini Dresses made music all summer with really cheap recording equipment in various apartments and bedrooms throughout Austin.  We were basically trying to learn what our music could be.  Lira was a classically trained singer, Alex was obsessed with making his own pedals (his guitar was like a vacuum, doubling back on itself through layers of reverb), Jessica played toy casio keyboards, and I recorded everything from behind the kit. “Hot Sun” was written by Lira and I one night while watching Peter Weir’s ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock‘ on repeat - Caulfield from Mini Dresses

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