Last time we sat down for a chat with Girlpool – aka Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker – was back in 2014 in London, where we talked a lot about Berlin. This time around we’re having a chat in Berlin but we’re not talking about London, we’re talking about perfect days and empathy and karaoke.
The California duo have been on the road touring Powerplant, their 2017 follow up to their 2015 debut album Before the World Was Big. This time around the sound is slightly bigger – drummer Miles Winter was recruited for percussion duties – while the songs explore vulnerability, honesty and softness. Oh and they sound amazing!
Tell us about a recent dream you’ve had…
Cleo: I had a really weird one. I had a dream that I was on my period and I was sitting at a toilet that was miles deep. I was looking down and blood was just gushing out of me, like pouring. I was looking down at the waterfall coming out of my body and I was just like ‘whoah’. That was last night.
Harmony: I was walking around this tall wood building that traveled through different dimensions, but in this tall wood building there was a yoga dance class going on and a man named Classical was showing me around the building. That’s the last dream that i can remember.
Do you believe in magic?
Harmony: Yes. In everyone’s heart.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
Cleo: I keep thinking about gross shit. Right now my big toe is sore from picking it.
Harmony: I think Korean barbecue is one of the best foods to eat. That’s a secret about me.
Is punk dead?
Harmony: Death is fake.
If you could go back in time, when and where would you go?
Harmony: I’d want to make friends with my parents when they were teenagers, that’d be sick.
Cleo: I had a great day when I was in middle school. I was listening to the Spongebob Squarepants movie soundtrack song ‘The Best Day Ever’ and I was getting a new bed and my guitar was coming off layover, I was paying it off and it was my last day and I could take it home from Guitar Centre. Good day.
Harmony: That sounds like a perfect day.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Cleo: Gemini’s aren’t as bad as everyone says.
Harmony: ‘Smile Like You Mean It’ by The Killers.
How was high school?
Cleo: I had fun.
Is the glass half full or half empty?
Harmony: Well the glass is your consciousness, so I think that’s up to you. What’s in that there glass?
What’s the worst thing anyone has ever said to you?
Harmony: I was called vulgar, but that’s not untrue.
Is sex important to you?
Harmny: I think it’s not not important to me. The body used to me a metaphor for the spirit but now people view the body as a metaphor for sex and that’s all I’m going to say about it.
Cleo: No comment.
Have you ever broken the law?
Cleo: No. I’m kidding.
Harmony: I mean what laws are we talking about? Our own personal rules, the things our Gods tell us to be ruled by, the politicians in power, scientist laws? Anyway, I’ve only ever snuck into one movie and then another.
When and why did you last cry?
Harmony: I was in the bathroom here meditating and I started crying because I loved something so much.
What’s the biggest problem facing humans as a species?
Cleo + Harmony: Lack of empathy.
Is celebrity culture going to destroy us all?
Harmony: I feel like the bigger issue is god culture and how we make different things into our god and don’t recognise our inner power.
Who or what is the biggest threat to the music industry?
Cleo: I guess with any structured system it’s inherently flawed because there are rules so it can be limiting for how to navigate something especially that’s correlated with creativity.
Harmony: Fad culture is generally destructive to art but I think that’s across every type of thing and not limited to the music world.
What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Harmony: ‘Fat Lip’ Sum-41.
Cleo: Steve Miller Band ‘The Joker’.
What’s your writing process?
Cleo: We both write a lot when we’re recording and then when we’re writing together it’s very…
Harmony: Back and forth.
Cleo: Yeah. It’s pretty malleable space or exploring words and sounds.
What do your family think of your music?
Harmony: They love it. They’re happy for us.
How would you describe your sound?
Cleo: Cleo and Harmony.
What would your biography be titled?
Cleo: ‘Check It Bevakasha’.
What’s for dinner?
Cleo: Thai food.