Grizzly Bear] label Terrible Records. What’s it like to work with Chris?
Harper: Well I love Grizzly Bear and Chris is amazing. He has an ear for all different kinds of bands. And he just gave me the most amazing haircut!
mtvU: Chris Taylor cuts hair?
Harper: He does! Quite well!
mtvU: Why the decision to go with the EP when you have mentioned in the press before that you do have a full-length LP recorded?
Harper: Because we kept writing better and better songs. And we wanted to give the people something now, a little sampler, to give everyone a taste of what we sound like. Basically, we didn’t want to wait and full-length records can take a lot of time.
mtvU: And lastly, what are some of your more current influences?
Harper: Aside from listening to a lot of my friend’s demos, I’ve been listening to M83 and Phoenix a lot.
The set last night was certainly an indication of great things to come. As someone who grew up in the 80s, the newly released EP Journal of Ardency is like a trip back to the days where I was just beginning to discover music. The synth beats and angsty lyrics of heartbreak recall memories of all the countless hours I spent listening to mixtapes.
What I enjoyed most was that Class Actress makes no attempt to hide the fact that their work is specifically 80s influenced. (There was even a shamelessly cuffed jean jacket worn on stage.) Harper herself, impossibly tall, exudes a sultry glamourous attitude while performing. Onstage, she manages to be a paradoxical combination of vulnerability and untouchable cool. Check out Class Actress on MySpace and purchase Journal of Ardency at Terrible Records.