Published Oct 24, 2008Everyone's favourite polka-dotted '60s girl group throwback, the Pipettes have announced they're taking their music into the future, all the way to the '80s. In a recent interview with Pitchfork, Gwenno the only singer left in the group to appear on the band's 2006 album, We Are the Pipettes explained they're "kind of a new band."
As we previously reported back in April, members RiotBecki and Rosay left the group and were replaced by Ani and Anna. Gwenno said the Pipettes' new direction "ties in a lot more with where we are, where we actually are in our own reality. It's not so much of a '60s girl group, as true to that. Not that it ever was in the first place. There's a lot more '80s influence, and I think having the opportunity to write again has brought in a load of influences that everyone has naturally anyway." Gwenno went on to add that dancing has become a driving factor in the band's new music, saying, "There's more of a dance element, because we always sung about dancing. And I think you can actually dance to our songs now properly... there are Eurobeat elements and disco elements in there that weren't in there originally. It's exciting for all of us in the band, because it's a musical era that we're quite interested in." As for new music, Gwenno mentioned that a new album is on the horizon but nowhere near recording yet. "We're still meeting with producers and trying stuff out to find the right person to record the record. It has to be right, rather than rushed. The first album was very distinctive and also very much the Pipettes and not necessarily anything else that was around at the time. That was because we had really great producers on it [who] had their own vision of how they wanted it to sound on record, which is what the aim will always be with us, rather than getting whoever is around at the time. We need to be excited by the recordings of our songs."
The Pipettes do have a new remix EP they're taking on tour with them in the UK, which allowed them to see another side to their music. "It's brilliant, because it was just an a cappella thing, and we were like, 'What should we do with this song?' 'Oh, I don't know, we'll just get someone,' because we were thinking of things that we could have on tour with us. It's quite nice to hear incredibly modern sounds with our music, I think. And I always felt [our music] is bridging that gap." You can hear a Kat Heath remix on their MySpace page.
The Pipettes "ABC"