Today we're spending Seven Questions In Heaven with
Describe your music for our readers who may not be familiar with you.
Quirky danceable post-punk with chord progressions and a trumpet from '60s spaghetti western films.
Who are your musical influences and idols?
Magdalena: Jeff Buckley, Pulp, Suede, Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys, Echo & The Bunnymen, Best Coast, Mac DeMarco, Madonna, Kanye West and Shostakovich.
Ryan: Talking Heads, The Doors, Flaming Lips, Massive Attack, Radiohead, Violent Femmes, The Clash, Man Man, and a myriad of Athens GA bands like Elf Power, Now It’s Overhead, Count Kellam, Maserati, B-52's, REM, Pylon, etc etc etc.
Iris: Any band that can be associated with magenta.
What was the first album, cassette, or CD you bought with your own money?
Magdalena: Beatles Greatest Hits.
Ryan: Technotronic's Pump Up The Jam cassette circa 1990 from Tape World in the mall. At the age of 9, my very own mother nearly vetoed my purchase based on the "risque" woman on the cover.
Iris: Queen's Greatest Hits II (the blue one, not the magenta one, sadly) on CD some time in the middle of the 90ies. I still have it - you can tell that it was one of the first CDs I ever bought because it has a magenta sticker with my name and address and a picture of a cat on it. ;)
What was the strangest gig you've ever played?
Magdalena: A scout's festival. We were there way too early because we were told a wrong soundcheck time so we joined the highland games and even won second price.
Ryan: The so-called Turducken House in Greenville, North Carolina. Perhaps the dirtiest place I have ever stepped foot into, and certainly the dirtiest place I have ever slept. They had house shows for bands all the time (there weren't many other places to play there), so there were like 6 bands playing all night. The gas station around the corner had an ATM that would give only 20 dollar bills back, even if you requested only 10 dollars in the options, so naturally a line of kids from the house started to form and continually withdraw 10 dollars at a time until this machine was robbed of what had to be thousands of dollars. The machine was right next to the door, so it was clearly visible to the clerk, but he never seemed to catch on to the suspicious overdose of kids who suddenly had to withdraw lots of cash at 2 in the morning.
Iris: The Magenta Theatre, Hopatcong, New Jersey.
What's the first thing you look for when you hit a new town?
Magdalena: Local museums.
Ryan: What the chances of finding a proper Mexican restaurant in Europe are. So far, pretty slim :(
Iris: My grandmother's ashes.
What is your current favorite guilty pleasure?
Ryan: Covering Iris's drum set in mayonnaise.
Iris: Austria finally got access to Netflix a few months ago and I've been watching a lot of documentaries on all kinds of weird topics on there.
If they named an ice cream flavor after you, what would be the name and why?
Magdalena: Snowdrop: pistachios with rose water and white chocolate. Mhhhh. It’s just a dream come true.
Ryan: Magenta: The Ice Cream Flavor.
Iris: Lord of Meringues because ice cream mixed with meringues is one of the best things ever and I like a good play on words.
Final question: You're the opening act at the Magenta Music Festival. You can get any five artists, living or dead, to perform on the bill with you. Which five do you choose and what song do you all perform as the final jam?
T. Rex, Eddie Cochran, The Minutemen, Richie Powell, and Falco and they all play "Airbag" by Radiohead.
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