Femme electro-pop trio Beginners pay homage to iconic Los Angeles strip club Jumbo’s Clown Room on new single ‘Let That Money Talk’. It’s the latest single form their forthcoming album Cream which features collaborations with artists such as Kygo. We caught up with the band to find out more.
A lot of Cream was written while I was staying in Berlin and the energy of the city definitely comes through in the record.
First up, tell us bit about yourselves - what were you doing before forming the band?
We’ve all been playing in bands for years and met one another through the punk/hardcore scene. Before Beginners, I was actually singing and playing bass in a garage punk band called Holy Fever. I think we bring a lot of that raw energy to Beginners even though it’s much poppier.
What led to you forming Beginners?
Beginners started on accident really. I was writing with Nick Ruth who I had been in an indie/electronic band called Malbec with for years. We didn’t have any genre in mind, but we wrote the first record in a few months. Once we started, it was obvious to us where it needed to go. From there, I ended up forming a band and playing tons of shows.
Who did your take inspiration from?
The biggest inspiration for Beginners is to just be 100 percent authentic in every song. For me as a singer that means being completely vulnerable and honest in my lyrics. The records are my audio journals. We also try to write timeless hooks and push the envelope with fun production.
How would you describe your musical style?
I would say we’re indie electro pop with a rock n roll spirit and catchy dance anthems. But we also write outside of that box if we feel like it.
Tell us about your new single 'Let That Money Talk'. When did you write the song and what is it about?
I spent a shocking amount of 2017 inside of Jumbo’s Clown Room, an iconic LA strip club. Somehow the night always led me back there; often with a girl who I was desperately infatuated with. It was exhilarating and tortuous spending night after night in such a sexually charged environment, yet always winding up alone.
I wrote ‘Let That Money Talk’ after one of these long nights. There was a metaphoric magic between the unrequited love of spectator to dancer, and myself to this girl. Always given just enough to want more. That was the impetus of ‘Let That Money Talk’, or as we like to call it “Jumbo’s Song”.
How does ‘Let That Money Talk’ build on your previous releases?
‘Let That Money Talk’ is a bit of a departure from our previous dancey uptempo singles. I was listening to a lot of Frank Ocean’s Blonde and it really inspired the way I approached storytelling and song writing.
What are your hopes for the single?
It’s our favorite song from the new record, so we just hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do!
‘Let That Money Talk’ is taken from the album Cream. What can we expect from the album?
Cream is largely about the pursuit of sex and money, which is where we got the title Cream from. The record has dancey pop songs that we’re more known for, but also some more stripped down tempo ballads which we’re excited about. A lot of it was written while I was staying in Berlin and the energy of the city definitely comes through in the record.
Where can we see you play live next?
We’re currently booking out shows along both coasts and some midwest tour runs as well. We’re also hoping to swing through Europe on this cycle. Fingers crossed. Our next show is at the Wayfarer in Orange County on Wednesday, March 21st.
Finally, if you could wish for one thing to happen to the band this year, what would it be?
We really really, really want to tour Europe. We’ve had some pretty good success there so far, but still haven’t been over there to play. That would be our number one.
Listen to ‘Let That Money Talk’ on SoundCloud below. For news and tour dates go to beginners.band.