Pretty Little Demons
March 1, 2013 5:11 PM   Subscribe

The youngest band to perform at SXSW this year is made up by two friends who love music. Lydia Night and Marlhy Murphy will play songs from their recently released CD Flowers

They were able to use Kickstarter to fund their first album and from there the music and flowers grew. They even made a video for the song Daisy Both girls are busy with side projects when they don't play together.
posted by Sailormom (26 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
Both girls play a lot of instruments.
posted by Sailormom at 5:20 PM on March 1, 2013


On the one hand I want to go wake my 7-year-old up and show her these, since she's learning to play guitar. On the other, that Hole cover made me kinda sad--little kids should sing happy songs! I AM CONFLICTED.
posted by mittens at 5:48 PM on March 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


i'm utterly astounded that with the obvious wealth on display they needed to kickstart this album.
posted by radiosilents at 5:48 PM on March 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


i'm utterly astounded that with the obvious wealth on display they needed to kickstart this album.

The fundraising aspect of Kickstarter is, in my opinion, far subordinate to its role as a public relations and publicity engine.
posted by The World Famous at 5:55 PM on March 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


After a generation of singers attempting to affect an innocent, adolescent delivery we may have finally hit upon a solution...
posted by jim in austin at 5:56 PM on March 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Kickstarter is starting to turn into a shopping cart experience. I've kickstarted projects, got my swag, the swag was never sold to anyone who didn't kickstart. You also have successful companies that had a great project that sold well, they go on to make tons, then they come back to the trough for the 2.0 version. Kickstarter has started and ended my fandom of many artists.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:04 PM on March 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


At their age I played Atari.

Nice to have your website designed by Emily the Strange.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:08 PM on March 1, 2013


little kids should sing happy songs! I AM CONFLICTED

I think I have a broken link in this post

Here's an original
posted by Sailormom at 6:10 PM on March 1, 2013


little kids should sing happy songs!

Well, Lydia does do a cover of "Highway to Hell", that's a happy song IMHO.
posted by MikeMc at 6:28 PM on March 1, 2013


They're nice, but they're no Fiomily.
posted by Sphinx at 6:29 PM on March 1, 2013


Previously in tween-girl duos: Smoosh.
posted by aaronetc at 6:30 PM on March 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


i'm utterly astounded that with the obvious wealth on display they needed to kickstart this album.
posted by radiosilents


I'm utterly astounded that these two girls are able to express joy through music with their own talent, something money can't buy.
posted by Sailormom at 7:21 PM on March 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm utterly astounded that these two girls are able to express joy through music with their own talent, something money can't buy.

What money can buy is lessons to learn to play the way they do at their age, the instruments they're playing, the recording gear and the time and expertise of the engineer and producer that clearly did their recordings, and the professional videos you're watching. When two girls express joy through music with their own talent, without any money, they have fun and you never see or hear it. When they express joy through music with their own talent in combination with lots of money, gear, lessons, and adults producing, writing, arranging, engineering, and creating the video and PR materials, then people on Metafilter get to see it because they're playing SXSW.
posted by The World Famous at 7:54 PM on March 1, 2013 [11 favorites]


ugh.
posted by Think_Long at 7:58 PM on March 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Previously in tween-girl duos: Prussian Blue.
posted by Mezentian at 8:36 PM on March 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


I have this weird thing for Maps. It holds a lot of depth and meaning that's not really provided by the lyrics, but I still feel it's there. It's weird to hear it sung by someone so young. I'm just sitting here thinking "yeah, but does she really get it?" Then I realize that's silly because it's not like the concepts are really that complicated.
But then I listened to The House of the Rising Sun (god I love you Eric Burdon's voice), and I got the same feeling.
posted by FirstMateKate at 8:50 PM on March 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


then people on Metafilter get to see it because they're playing SXSW.
posted by The World Famous at 9:54 PM on March 1 [3 favorites +] [!]


Did you happen to see the smiles on their faces?
posted by Sailormom at 9:00 PM on March 1, 2013


Did you happen to see the smiles on their faces?

I did, yes. At this point, though, I'm not sure I understand what you're trying to get at. They are clearly enjoying playing. It's awesome.
posted by The World Famous at 9:04 PM on March 1, 2013


I'm not sure I understand what you're trying to get at

I'm not trying to get at anything.
posted by Sailormom at 9:10 PM on March 1, 2013


Then I'm really confused. You quoted me, then asked if I saw the smiles on their faces, and you have no point at all?
posted by The World Famous at 9:15 PM on March 1, 2013


I'm going to go ahead and reject the idea that I have to choose between being delighted at these girls and their joy in music and warily acknowledging that big heaps of money made the parameters of their particular experience in music possible.

Because it's fairly obvious both of these viewpoints are 100% correct and not at all mutually exclusive.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:22 PM on March 1, 2013 [8 favorites]


Anyway, I'm not trying to argue, and DirtyOldTown hit the nail on the head.
posted by The World Famous at 9:25 PM on March 1, 2013


The song Bag of Rocks, um, rocks.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 5:46 AM on March 2, 2013


I kind of get where TWF is coming from...On one hand, I think this is so cool, and the girls are pretty damned good and I get this big goofy grin on my face watching the videos.

On the other hand, even while I'm enjoying the videos, I'm very aware of the enormous amount of money and privilege on display. Rock and Roll camps...equipment...studio production...pro video...website...SXSW...etc. I'm happy for the girls, of course. I just hope they aren't being driven by stage parents to an early burnout.
posted by Thorzdad at 6:42 AM on March 2, 2013


Hey, this is Lydia from PLD's dad here. I want to assure you that Lydia and I have no interest in her being famous. She does get music lessons but it doesn't cost more than most any other after school activity for kids her age. She goes to public school so it's affordable for me to get her after school lessons and she loves them.

The record & video Lydia & Marlhy made was possible by contributions from family, friends and fans through kickstarter. My daughter is a big Amanda Palmer fan and was inspired by her kickstarter campaign. Most people that worked on the record, video and website worked for free or cheap. My job is that i own a motel/recording studio in Joshua Tree so that was free for them.

Both girls just really love writing and making music. Especially together since they're good friends. Lydia's songs are written about her life experiences. Some songs, like Bag of Rocks, is about tough subject matter but she's been through tough stuff so she's allowed to write about it.

They want to tour in the summer and accepting the SXSW gig was not a sure thing because it meant missing school. We've talked about it and I asked, "What if Disney called tomorrow?" Lydia's response, "Ewww, gross!"

She's a good kid, I promise and please shoot me if I start acting like Billy Ray Cyrus. I have a life, thank you and have no interest in living vicariously through a child.

morgan night

ps- thanks for all the nice comments about the girls.
posted by devilsnight at 7:37 PM on March 2, 2013 [12 favorites]


They want to tour in the summer and accepting the SXSW gig was not a sure thing because it meant missing school. We've talked about it and I asked, "What if Disney called tomorrow?" Lydia's response, "Ewww, gross!"

There may just be hope for humanity after all.
posted by Mezentian at 10:50 PM on March 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


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