THE INTERNET GARBAGE
Band Interview - January 11, 2012
Gossip Girl, Vamps and 2012...
Internet Garbage was lucky enough to interview New York band, The Lost
Patrol. We spoke with lead singer, Mollie Israel, along with band members
Michael Williams, and Stephen Masucci. Read up on the band to hear about
some of their exciting events coming up! Including a song, and acting
debut on CW’s hit show
Mollie, Last time I saw you, you mentioned that you
would be having your acting debut on the CW’s Gossip Girl. Were
you intimidated at all by that typical Gossip Girl flamboyant style?
Mollie: Not really. Actually, it was a very pleasant
experience because everybody was very nice… and as it turns out,
I went to high school with Leighton Meester. It was a kind of funny reunion
on the set. I was fairly comfortable because my mother is actually the
director of the episode I was featured in, and the LP is also going to
have our song, “This Road Is Long” featured in the episode.
I didn’t know you went to high school
with Leighton Meester, that’s awesome!
Mollie: Yeah it was funny because I didn’t remember
her from high school. Apparently she was this really nerdy little girl,
and now she’s the star of Gossip Girl.
Your song, “This Road Is Long” is
being featured on the show as well. That’s a pretty significant
accomplishment, congratulations! Did the producers ask for a specific
song, or did you simply feel as if “This Road” was just the
right fit for the episode.
Mollie: My mother selected ‘This Road Is
Long’ because she thought that it was a really nice, heartfelt song
that would emphasize the emotion in the scene that they are using it in.
And actually we are going to have a new music video for ‘This Road
Is Long’ for the air date. I think the episode is January 23rd,
so we are going to have the video posted by then as a cross promotion
Can you tell us about your role?
Mollie: Sure. It was a two second role. I played
a goth girl who was standing outside of a night club smoking a joint,
and I’m looking for a light, and I hand the joint to Leighton Meester
and then she get’s arrested. It’s an essential role for the
plot, I feel (laughs).
If you could use one of your albums as the
soundtrack for any show, what would it be?
Mollie: Really good question! I would probably
tend to favor our latest release “Rocket Surgery” only because
I feel that there is a significant amount of growth. It’s my 3rd
album with the band, so I felt the vocals and the lyrics were stronger.
And also I feel like we experimented a little more on “Rocket Surgery.”
So there is more diversity from song to song. So, it would offer the broadest
range of emotion.
Have you always been a fan of the show,
or was the opportunity something that was just sprung on you?
Mollie: It was kind of sprung on me, my mom is
a fan of the show. So they offered her to direct and episode and she said,
“Oh there is a role for a pot smoking goth girl, and it’s
the role that you were born to play.” (laughs) So that’s how
I got the role.
She’s also been very cool in helping out the band.
She featured us in her movie Vamps which is coming out sometime in 2012...
The Lost Patrol went to Michigan this past August
to film a movie called ‘Vamps,’ which was actually directed
by your mom, who is the acclaimed director, Amy Heckerling. Without any
spoiler alerts, what can you tell us about the movie?
Mollie: Totally. Well, you know it was fun being in
Detroit shooting the movie because the whole process was so exciting and
we were so honored to be a part of it. They were using quite a few of
our songs, which was nice. Also hanging out with Alicia Silverstone and
Sigourney Weaver… that was a lot of fun. Detroit, a lot of movies
are being shot there for the tax incentive, so thats why it was filmed
Your music is incredible and has the ability to please
the ears of even the most diverse listeners. When I hit the play button
on a Lost Patrol track, I get a rush of so many different vibes. There
is beachy, dream pop – I could go on. And in reading about your
band, critics never fail to mention a menagerie of genres including ‘shoegazing’
and ‘spaghetti western.’ How would you describe your genre
in your own words?
Mollie: You know its always nice when people reference
a lot of genres for your music but we’ve recently been coined as
folk noir, which is a new genre name that I think emerged for us and our
and our friends The Blueflowers, and Dotsun Moon, it’s a mix of
all those things that you just mentioned, like you know, dream pop, cinematic,
and spaghetti western. But then again its always hard to try and pigeonhole
us into one thing.
We always want to continue to grow and expand what we do,
and frankly no matter how people describe us, no matter what words they
use, we are always just very grateful for the press and the recognition.
We’ve actually been getting a lot of very positive reviews on the
last album from The Big Takeover and people like that so it’s been
You have an interesting story behind the creation
of your band. Can you tell us about how you all found each other?
Mollie: Well (laughs) the band was around for a few
years before I came along, and when their old singer left for personal
reasons, they found me on CraigsList, because I was just a singer/songwriter
and I was always looking to join a band. So I posted an ad saying, “everyone
and their mother is a singer/songwriter” and they thought that was
Your music definitely has a slight throwback vibe.
Is that intentional?
Mollie: Yeah, I definitely think that. We are very
huge fans of a lot of older music – stuff from the 80s, 60s, and
50?s. We do try to put a contemporary spin on it, we don’t want
to sound like we are mimicking older groups. We want to sound like it’s
almost timeless, as if you can’t pin it down to one time period.
Working with three people can be difficult, especially
in an environment where everyone is so creative and passionate about their
craft. How do you all get along, and does everyone have equal input?
Mollie: I like to think so. Of course when you are
doing anything creative with a group of people sometimes there are disagreements
that arise. We’ve never had any major blowouts over a chorus or
a bridge, we always manage to find a solution that pleases all of us.
We really arrange the song from the ground up together for the most part,
so it is a very collaborative process.
Michael: Interestingly enough too, we all get along very
well, and we have cohesive visions for what the ultimate outcome of the
music will be.
Mollie: Since we are all on the same page to begin
with, there is not a lot of conflict. You can’t do anything creative
with other people without there being some disagreements along the way.
Who are some of your musical inspirations and influences?
Any favorite bands at the moment?
Mollie: I personally am a big fan of a lot of 60s artists.
Main influences are the Beatles, but I am also a big fan of Dusty Springfield,
Melanie Safka and Shirley Manson and Garbage, I really like a lot of their
music. A lot of the things that they experiment with, and a lot of the
sound textures that they use in their music.
Michael: As far as any new music, I am actually intrigued
by the Vivian Girls at the moment. They kind of have that older feel to
some of their music but they do it, again, in a contemporary way. As far
as Steven and I, I know we like a lot of female fronted music too and
have always been partial to the female voice, so we find a lot of common
ground with bands like Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cocteau twins, Elizabeth
Fraser and Beth Gibbons. You know, I think we have a lot of the same CDs
in our collections. We are always trying to keep each other updated on
what we like.
The songs on your new album, ‘Rocket Surgery’
are truly heartfelt. For example, we have a lyric here that goes, “I
was broken up, I let you rest in pieces, I had enough, time slid on by,
I got mine.” What was the thought process behind your writing?
Mollie: well I was going through some emotional troubles
from a relationship, just having a lot of conflicting emotions. I was
on a hiatus from my boyfriend and those were just the thoughts and feelings
that were going through my head at the time. I mean usually that’s
where the best lyrics come from, I think.
We like to ask this next question to every band we
interview, just because the answers are always pretty interesting. What
would you be doing if you weren’t recording artists?
Mollie: Well i studied at NYU as a screenwriting major so
I’d just be trying to develop my sitcom (laughs), and you know sitting
on my “tuchas” writing.
Michael: Yeah I actually went to school for visual arts so I do a
lot of graphic design work which I really enjoy. And you know, I was also
an aspiring painter at one point... but because of so many things going
on I’m actually just focused on music right now. But I do enjoy
painting and the fine aspects of art as well but you know I think we all
dabble in a lot of things creatively, its just what we do.
Stephen: I was going to run a chain of self-serve massage
parlors, so there was that idea. I don’t know, I had a couple of
business plans, one of them involved rat extermination, but there were
a lot of things on my plate so..(laughs) I’m kidding. No, I wouldn’t
know what to do. No matter what I did I’d always have to record
or play or do something. I’m lucky to work with Mike and Mollie.
But you know, even if I didn’t do it with them, I’d still
be doing it at home by myself.
Are there any shows or big things we should be waiting
to come from The Lost Patrol in the future?
Mollie: I’ve been deemed the spokes person since steve
cant be serious for 2 seconds (laughs). This is why we don’t let
him talk. We have a couple shows coming up. We’re actually going
to be playing in Butler, New Jersey at a place called Architekt on February
4th. That show starts at 7. And we’re also playing at a club in
New York City called The Delancey on February 18th and thats actually
part of an evening of DJs called ‘Contempt.’ It’s gonna
be really cool, it’s going to be a bunch of DJs and then we go on
at 10pm. DJ HI-Fi Hilary is playing and Subvert, it’s gonna be a
cool night. We’re also booking for California and Nashville while
we’re working on our new album.
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